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How to Set Realistic, Achievable Career Goals

Setting goals is key to advancing your career and feeling fulfilled by your job. Whether your employer requires you to set goals as part of your performance-review process or you take the initiative on your own, it can help you to plan out your professional future.

Below we show you how to use a SMART goal framework to set realistic, achievable career goals.

As you walk through these steps, answer the questions on paper with a reliable pen. The STEEL F-701 Ballpoint Retractable Pen features a weighted stainless-steel barrel for a premium writing experience. If you prefer gel, reach for the G-350 Gel Retractable Pen. It has rapid dry gel ink technology that dries in less than a second, and comes in three fashionable barrel colors.


1. Specific

Be as clear and specific as possible with the goal you want to achieve. The more specific your goal is, the more you’ll understand the steps necessary to achieve it.

Below are 4 questions to ask yourself when defining the specific details of your goal:

  • What is my objective?
  • Why is this goal important?
  • Who is involved or responsible?
  • What steps will I take to achieve this goal?

2. Measurable

The next step is to identify how you will assess the progress of your goal to ensure it is measurable. Quantifying your goal makes it that much easier to track progress.

A measurable goal should address questions such as:

  • How much or how many?
  • How will I know when the goal is accomplished?

3. Achievable


Although your goal can be ambitious, it still needs to be realistic and attainable to be successful. Make sure your goal is not dependent on factors outside of your control.

An achievable goal should pass these questions:

  • How can I accomplish this goal?
  • How realistic is the goal, based on other constraints?
  • Are there factors outside my control that would impact the success of this goal?


4. Relevant


Next, double-check that the career goal is related to your mission, values, and bigger long-term goals. If a goal doesn’t contribute toward your broader objectives, it might be best to reevaluate.

Below are questions to ask yourself to make sure your goal is relevant:

  • Is this goal important to me?
  • Is this goal aligned with my values?
  • Will achieving this goal help me in my longer-term goals?

5. Time-bound

SMART goals don’t stretch into infinity–they have a deadline. Instead of leaving your goal open-ended, create a timeline, and set important milestones along the way.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is my goal timeframe?
  • What smaller milestones will help me stay on track?
  • What can I do immediately to jumpstart this goal?

It is never too late to start setting goals and look at where you can make changes in your professional future. Use the SMART goal framework to help you move forward in your career. For more professional tips, check out How to Make More Productive To-Do Lists.

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5 Tips for Networking Like a Professional

With the latest developments in technology and social media, the way we network has drastically shifted over the last 30 years. There are countless opportunities for us to meet people in our professional fields and connect with them on a more personal level both in-person and online. While being able to network is a vital skill, approaching and engaging someone you may not know takes practice and lot of confidence. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of networking and connecting with others.

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The Ballpoint Pen Guide

Originally published May 27, 2020. Updated March 12, 2021.

With all the writing instruments available these days, why choose a ballpoint? Ballpoint pens guarantee a steady and reliable flow of ink that dries faster than other ink formulas, like gel ink. Ballpoint pens use oil-based ink that is dispensed over a metal ball at the point as the pen is moved across a surface. This allows the amount of ink distributed to be dependent on the amount of pressure put on the tip. Ballpoint pens provide more control and last longer than other types of pens.

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6 Desk Items You Never Knew You Needed

While stocking up on desk accessories generally doesn’t rank high on the list of office priorities—it should. Most Americans spend more than 40 hours a week sitting at office desks. Adding some interesting gadgets and having a well-thought out work area can help you produce your best work and keep you organized and tidy.

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7 Must-Have Items to Keep in Your Work Bag

From traffic congestion on your commute, meetings that run over schedule, last minute (and stressful) deadlines—sometimes it just feels like the workday is conquering you. Those days can get worse by your cellphone dying or coffee spilling on your shirt. Despite how small these things are, they can cause a busy day to become a stressful day. We’ve all been there, which is why we came up with a list of work bag essentials that will help keep your workdays moving smoothly.

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