Your Well-Being Inventory.
Maryt L Fredrickson
The holiday season is upon us. For some but not all, that means travel and more time spent with friends and family. For some of us, "whatever we do over the holidays will be stressful. For others, this time is a welcome respite from the grind of professional activities. But for all of us, this is an apt time for a short inventory of personal well-being.
The Several Dimensions of Well-Being
begin, what is well-being? Well-being is a continuous,
deliberate process of examining and modifying our choices and
habits, with a goal towards thriving in each dimension of
The occupational dimension is perhaps the simplest to understand. It is your measure of professional satisfaction in your work. To evaluate occupational well-being, a person might consider if they are feeling satisfied with the type of work they are doing and whether their extracurricular professional activities are satisfying or if they have become draining. Workplace stress and office conflict is a factor to consider. Shifts in the occupational dimension might begin with working towards expanding a practice area, changing extracurricular professional activities, working on skills for dealing with difficult colleagues, or reconsidering career goals.
The intellectual dimension may seem related to the occupational category for those in the legal profession since the practice of law requires the intellect. But the intellectual dimension is more like your creative dimension, such as hobbies and activities that engage your mind outside the context of work. Reading books, listening to...