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Personal Constraints and Work Choices

Personal Constraints and Work Choices

By Donna Dunning

Donna DunningI like to think positively and am more likely to see possibilities and opportunities than constraints.

But a positive attitude cannot overcome some of the restrictions and roles that, for many people, sometime in their life, will limit where, when, and how they work. Assessing how your constraints and roles link to your lifestyle can help you refine your ideal workday and find a satisfying career.

What roles do you need to accommodate while working?

You may want to customize your work hours to accommodate other important roles in your life. Perhaps you are a student, parent, child of an elderly parent, or have some other significant role that deserves your time and attention.

Leisure, socialization, and hobby activities also have their own cadence of time and energy. How do your daily work activities reflect these important life considerations?

Physical and psychological limits

Physical and psychological factors may also limit or define your work choices. Strength, color-blindness, injuries, allergies, and fitness levels are examples of physical constraints that may influence your work.

On the psychological side, you may want to minimize your stress levels and not work under pressure or in demanding situations. You may be recovering from or trying to avoid burnout.

On the other hand, you may be someone who thrives in demanding, high-pressure situations.

Know the physical and psychological conditions you thrive in to further refine your career path. Ensure your day-to-day life reflects who you are and how you want to live life.

Like knowing your personality preferences, understanding your constraints is an important step in self-assessment that can help you make better career choices.


Looking for a practical resource to help you plan your ideal career? Check out my book, What’s Your Type of Career?: Find Your Perfect Career By Using Your Personality Type

Want to use your personality type to excel at your career? Check out 10 Career Essentials: Excel at Your Career by Using Your Personality Type

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