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Self-Management and Recovery Training


1. On a blank piece of paper, draw a large circle to represent your life.

2. Thinking of your life as a pie, divide it into slices and then label each piece with an area of your life

that is important to you. (e.g., Family, friends, spirituality, romance, health, work, recreation,

personal growth, money, physical surroundings, etc.)

3. Within each slice, draw another line as a ruler. Think of the pie's outer edge as being completely

satisfied (10) and the center as being totally dissatisfied (O). Give a rating to your level of satisfaction

in each of the areas you've listed by placing a dot to indicate the level of satisfaction you have in

each particular area of your life.

4. After completing the rating for each slice, connect the dots to create a new outside perimeter of

your pie. What does it look like? Is it round and full, and ready to put on the table for everyone to

see? Or does it look like there have been bites taken out of it? Think of it as being the tires on your

car. What would the ride be like? Would it roll along smoothly and effortlessly? Or would it be rough

and bumpy? Then ask yourself (and answer) the following questions:

• Am I living a balanced Life?

• Are my true values and priorities reflected here?

• If I had one month left to live, is this the way I would be spending my time?

• Am I involved in too many activities? Is there too much on my plate?

• How much of my time is spent caring for others? For myself?

• Are there areas of my life that need more of my attention?

• Is there a dream or desire that keeps getting put off that I'd like to focus on?

• What area(s) needs more attention? Where is less attention needed?

• What changes do I want to make? What can I do to "round out" my life?

5. To move yourself forward to a more balanced lifestyle, take steps at providing more time for and

start filling in the areas with gaps—those spots where it looks like a piece of your pie is missing—

because it is! When doing so, be sure to place your focus on the complete picture of your life, not

just specific areas. After all, it's the big picture that "living a balanced life" is all about.

"Lifestyle Balance Pie & Worksheet" was prepared and written for SMART Recoveryo by Jim Braastad. This exercise js based on the work of Julia Cameron 's, The Artist's Way, and is used by permission of Penguin Publishers.

SMART Recovery Self-Management and Recovery Training

"Lifestyle Balance Pie & Worksheet" prepared and written for SMART Recover* by Jim (GJBXVI) Braastad Graphic Designed by Jack Calligan

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