Professional Development Topics ➜ Achieving Work Life Balance

Title & Content Type Due Date
Pre-meeting Assignment

Read the short Mindful Habits article Feeling Overwhelmed? Use The 6 Areas of Focus To Get Back On Track.  and become familiar with these 6 areas and how they are defined:

  • Meaningful Relationships
  • Extraordinary Health
  • Personal Growth
  • Work that Matters
  • Financial Freedom
  • Just for Fun


For each of the 6 areas, jot down your responses to the following questions. Remember, there are no wrong answers, including “I don’t know”.

  • Why is this area important to me? 
  • What do I want to accomplish in this area? 
  • Brainstorm: what one action can I take that will improve my situation in this area?
Pre Meeting After -2 Days
Meeting One - Conversation Starters
  • What does “living a balanced life mean to you? What does an ideal work-life balance look and feel like for you? Has that changed over time?
  • What would be some indicators that there is a lack of balance? How would that look and feel?
  • How have changes to the way we work brought new opportunities and challenges to balancing the various domains and roles of our lives?
  • What activities do you like doing, and give you a sense of peace, fulfillment, joy, and other “feel-good” feelings? Which ones are important for you to maintain in your life at this point?
Event After 0 Days
Deliverable 1

Deliverable Options:

  1. Option 1: Using the “wheel of life” model introduced in the article by Mindful Habits, map out the areas of your life following the steps outlined in the Mindful Habits article The Wheel of Life: A Work/Life Balance Self-Assessment Tool
  2. Option 2: Learn about mind-mapping as a technique for organizing aspects of your life. Search Google Images to find examples of how others have used mind mapping to visualize and analyze work-life balance.

    Use your creative and analytical skills to begin drafting your personal work-life balance mind map.

Submission Required After 11 Days
Meeting Two - Conversation Starters
  • What techniques or tools do you find helpful for prioritizing responsibilities and tasks? For managing your time?
  • What are some key ways that the people, organizations, and communities in your life help you to achieve balance? 
  • How do you boost your resilience at work? What self-awareness habits do you employ?
  • What boundaries or limits do you set to help you maintain balance? Have you ever declined a task or project in order to leave time for other activities or relationships? 
  • How do you transition from work to home? Are there certain routines or family or friendship rituals that you’ve adopted that work for you, for instance?
  • Are there any daily routines you try to keep that promote self-care?
Event After 13 Days
Final Deliverable

Showcase your understanding about your work-life balance by adding insights, relationships, and details to your work/life balance Wheel of Life or mind-map! Be sure to include actions you can take to improve your situation! Once finalized, upload in PDF or JPEG to share with your mentor.

Submission Required After 18 Days
Meeting Three - Conversation Starters
  • What feedback can you the Mentor offer on the Final Deliverable?
  • What questions do you the Mentee have for the Mentor?
  • What are the next steps in continuing to develop the knowledge, skills, strategies, etc. you’ve been working on?
Event After 20 Days
Post-Engagement Survey

Mentors and Mentees please use the following link to complete the Post-Engagement Survey

Evaluation After 21 Days