Identifying Your Ideal Life/Work Environment

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  1. Location/Life Style - What do you need in a location to thrive?
    • Examples:
      • small town, big city
      • affordable housing, fancy housing
      • short commute, commute doesn't matter
      • opera, museums, classical music venues, jazz clubs, major league sports
      • close to family, far from family
      • schools for kids, parks, bike trails, hiking trails, close to beach, skiing
      • city experience with dense housing, suburban experience, rural environment
      • cold weather, hot weather, don't mind if it rains or snows
      • a college or university to continue studies
      • cultural diversity and cultural associations, a welcoming religious community
      • red state/blue state politics
      • coffee houses, fine dining, fast food, great pizza, bookstores, shopping malls

    Location/Life Style - What do you need in a
    location to thrive?
    Things you must have Things you can't stand


  2. People - What qualities do you need in the people you work with?
    • Examples:
      • friendly and engaging people who help and support you with your work
      • people who stick to themselves and leave you alone to do your own work
      • people who are competent, smart, ambitious, lazy, intolerant, overbearing, uncooperative, neat, sloppy, fun, resentful, opinionated
      • people who like to socialize and involve you in family and off-the-job activities, people who have their own lives away from work
      • people you can go out with, people who can help you meet other people
      • people with kids, people without kids
      • people who like to dress up, people who are ok with casual dress
      • people who like fine things, people with everyday tastes
      • people with liberal politics, people with conservative views, people who have no views on politics, sports and religion
      • people who go to lunch with others, people who bring their own lunch
      • people who are talkative, people who are quiet
      • people who are just like you or people who are refreshingly different.

    People - What qualities do you need in the
    people you work with?
    People you want to be with People you can't stand


  3. Work Conditions - What do you need in your work environment to thrive?
    • Examples:
      • corporate culture: clear mission, employee oriented, investor oriented, customer oriented, top down management, flat organizational structure with autonomy for employees
      • set own goals, respond to the demands of managers
      • stable operating conditions, constant crisis mode
      • micro-managing supervisors, co-operative atmosphere, grateful customers, rude customers, no customer contact, frequent client contact
      • flexible tasks and assignments, routine tasks, boring assignments, constant challenges, laid back atmosphere, tight deadlines, flexible goals
      • frequent travel, constant communications
      • working in teams, working alone, work with others, work in isolation
      • training opportunities, no need for further training
      • individual workspace, new equipment, cramped quarters, tiny cubicles, clean work space, cluttered space, windows, break rooms
      • physical amenities, gymnasium, lunch room, catered lunches, ping-pong table
      • bicycle lockers and showers, free parking
      • in the city, out in the country
      • indoors, outdoors

    Work Conditions - What do you need in your
    work environment to thrive?
    Things you must have or would really like Things you can't stand or don't need
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Setting your Goals and Priorities


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