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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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How to Make More Productive To-Do Lists

To-do lists are one of the most important tools for staying focused and organized during the workday. This tool can help you manage all of your tasks and prepare you for the day, or week, ahead of you. But are your to-do lists helping you be as productive as you can be? Here are some tips to make sure you are getting the most out of your to-do lists and being as productive as possible.

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How to Find Zen During Stressful Days at Work

With all the distractions, decisions, and duties that bombard us at work, it’s not surprising to find yourself battling stress in the workplace at times. During these moments of stress and frustration, it is important to remain calm and find ways to increase positivity and productivity.

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5 Steps to Keeping A Clean and Organized Workspace

All too often, cleaning and organizing our workspaces falls at the bottom of our to-do lists. While you may think you don’t have time for office organization, you’d quickly reconsider if you really knew how much the disorganization cost you. A neat and orderly workspace can help boost your productivity, keep you focused, and help you feel less stressed throughout the workday. Follow these tips to transform your office into an efficient workspace.

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance While Working from Home

Flexibility is one of the greatest perks of working from home—but while remote work does offer the ability to create your own schedule, sometimes with flexibility comes increased pressure. Without facetime with coworkers in the office, you may feel pressure to spend more time online, to cut lunches short, or you might even forget to take breaks. It is important to prioritize work-life balance both for your mental and physical health. Here are some of our best tips to achieve better balance when working from home—without having physical coworkers to remind you to leave the office on time or to take lunch away from the computer.

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5 Tips for Acing Your Virtual Job Interview

Your resume got noticed and you’ve been asked to have an interview. There is just one catch—it’s a virtual job interview. As technology continues to evolve, the workplace has been quick to follow suit in adopting new innovations to save time and increase efficiency. Whether the position will be remote, the role is in a different part of the country, or the employer is unable to have an interview at the job location, it’s important to be just as prepared for a virtual interview as an in-person one. Here are some of our best tips for preparing for a virtual interview.

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5 Tips for Crushing Your Next Video Conference Call

When working from home, there are several challenges that you might face, including learning how to fight off distractions or needing to create a new routine for yourself. You also may have to participate in video conference calls, especially if others in your company are working remotely as well. Video conference calls can be awkward at first, particularly if you have never had to participate or run one in the past. But while it is different than having an in-person meeting, there are plenty of ways to become a pro at video conferencing. Here are some of our best tips.

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6 Essential Tips for Working From Home

For some, the idea of working from home is a dream—no commute and no drop-in meetings—but in the midst of mandatory work-from-home policies, many of us are now realizing that working from a home office presents its own set of challenges. It can be difficult to manage time and to limit distractions. Check out our best tips for staying focused and managing your time effectively.

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5 Ways to Help Prevent Burnout

If constant stress has you feeling helpless, completely exhausted, and in a slump, you may be on the road to burnout. But you don’t have to be ready to throw in the towel in order to make improvements. Learn what you can do to regain your balance and feel positive and hopeful again with these five tips on preventing burnout.

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5 Steps to Managing Your Time More Effectively

Do you ever feel like 24 hours is no where near enough time to complete all the things you have on your plate? You aren’t the only one. It seems like everyone feels that way at some point—which is why managing your time can be a huge relief and help give you back some much-needed hours to your day. Here are five simple steps that can you help you start planning and executing your days more efficiently.

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