Anush Hansen, MA, MPH, LPC, CCC
Maintaining work-life balance is an active, intentional practice, which we all must work on throughout our lives. By paying close attention to what you need more of, what you have enough of, and what you can let go of in your career and personal life, you can move toward better balance and health.
The Work-Life Balance Assessment
Hi, I'm Anush Hansen, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Career Counselor and creator of the Work-Life Balance Assessment.
I developed the Work-Life Balance Assessment when I noticed my counseling clients struggling to articulate what specific factors in their careers and personal lives were leading to their stress, anxiety, burnout, and lack of balance.
I wanted to create a simple, accessible tool to help people untangle these factors, identify their career and life priorities, and develop a concrete plan for improving how they feel and function in their day-to-day lives.
I'm excited to share the Work-Life Balance Assessment with as many people as possible, and help them uncover what they need to move toward balance and health, and to live the kind of life they truly want.
What is the Work-Life Balance Assessment?
The Work-Life Balance Assessment is a simple, user-friendly card sort activity.
It will help you:
1. Clarify, prioritize, and process your career and life priorities
2. Articulate what’s getting in the way of having what you want
3. Create specific, actionable goals for building your priorities into your life, and moving toward balance, health and joy
The Work-Life Balance Assessment can be completed on your own, or with help from a career or mental health counselor or coach, either in-person or online.
How does it work?
The Work-Life Balance Assessment is a deck of cards for you to sort, and includes 30 Personal Priorities cards and 30 Career Priorities cards.
You’ll sort the cards into 3 categories:
1. Priorities you want or want more of in your career and personal life
2. Priorities you already have enough of in your career and personal life
3. Priorities you don't need or that don’t apply to you
You’ll then answer 15 structured follow-up and goal-setting questions to help you delve into the meaning of your priorities, and aid you in developing a concrete, actionable goal to help you incorporate your personal and career priorities into your life.
WORK-LIFE BALANCE ASSESSMENT PRODUCTS
Jackie, counseling client
The card sort helped me figure out where I was feeling stuck in my life. It helped me see that my professional self was thriving and that there was room for growth in my personal sphere. That helped me realize that I had a couple core needs that I could start meeting right away. The clarity this provided changed my perspective and empowered me. I am grateful for this amazing tool!
Kristin, counseling client
After 20 years dedicated to my work community, my boundaries between work and life felt helplessly blurred. I used the Work-Life Balance Assessment to reflect on and clarify my priorities and it helped me realize I needed a change. I am grateful for this tool, which enabled me to rearticulate my goals and values, as well as envision a new career path that made me feel excited and optimistic. I plan to revisit the assessment to hold myself accountable or reassess my priorities to help me maintain a healthy balance!
Lisa, counseling client
I knew when I ventured back into the workforce after having been a stay-at-home parent for 5 years that I wanted to explore a new career path. The Work-Life Balance Assessment was the perfect tool to help me find my career direction while reminding me that family and time for myself is also important.
Dr. Rich Feller, Professor, Distinguished Teaching Scholar & NCDA Past President
A really simulating tool that helps put language into a priority setting process, helping users find, live, and be more of what they want. The card sort uniquely makes the process more engaging.
Kate, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I received my professional package in the mail, and I just wanted to take a moment to express how pleased I am with your product. I am so excited to use the cards with my clients! The whole set, including the header cards, the priorities, and the question guide are so well-thought-out. I think that especially in the beginning stages of therapy when clients know they want "something" to be different, but aren't sure what, this will help to articulate goals. I came across your link in one of the Facebook therapist groups, and I'm so glad I clicked it!
Christy Cole, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
The Work-Life Balance Assessment card sort is an incredible tool for helping my clients to clarify their needs and values while quickly pinpointing specific areas that we can work on in therapy together to bring more balance, meaning, and mental wellness into their lives.
Jim Peacock, Principal, Peak Careers Consulting
I'm a huge fan of card sorts. There's something magical that happens as people move cards around and make decisions about what they value. I use many card sorts with clients; and now I'm adding the Work-Life Balance Assessment cards to my mix. What a great way for clients to think about what is important in their life and work and how they balance their priorities in both areas. By walking through the process and then designing goals, the client really begins to sort out what's important and how they want it to look in their lives. It is seldom only about the money…and these cards really help people figure that out.