Guest Post: How to Be Your Own Career Coach

A guest post from our friends at Pounding the Pavement.

Life and career coaching are multi-million dollar industries in the United States. For those who aren’t interested in paying someone else to get their lives in gear, this is a useful (free!) guide with tips about how you can serve as your own career coach. With this advice, you can motivate yourself, stay organized, and start on a path to success today – all without shelling out a dollar. Also included are some online resources for those who are ready to take initiative and begin implementing effective changes immediately.

Make a schedule.

Writing down a routine to follow on a daily basis makes it easier to stick to one – imagine that! A schedule helps you stay organized, de-clutter your mind, and instill a level of discipline in your everyday life. With a schedule, you can also get more done in a shorter amount of time, keep better track of your obligations, and manage your work to-do’s more effectively. It might sound obvious, but Google is an easy, straightforward place to organize a calendar, prioritize your tasks, and sync schedules with people like your family members or coworkers.

Set achievable, well-defined goals.

A goal such as “finish all monthly reports on time” is vague. Instead, break down tasks into smaller parts with clear deadlines. It’s more productive to set a multi-step goal like: “A) Print all monthly reports by the 10th. B) Fill out monthly reports and obtain signatures by the 20th. C) Mail reports by the 30th.” is a blog with some great articles and easy-to-follow goal-setting advice.

Use stress-reducing tactics.

Listening to calming tapes, practicing slow breathing, participating in yoga, and meditating are all ways to clear your mind and allow you to focus. You’re a more effective worker after reducing your stress levels. Carnegie Mellon’s Student Affairs Health Services offers a great list of ways to reduce stress levels.

Be accountable to someone.

It’s much easier to let yourself down than someone else. That’s why it’s helpful to select a person who will help hold you accountable to your goals and objectives. Choose this person wisely and ask for their support and wisdom. Tell them your goals, and set a time to check in with them, whether that’s once a day, a week, or a month.

Get organized, stay organized.

If your home and work spaces are a mess, it’s almost impossible to stay organized and be productive. File papers, label boxes, organize drawers, etc. – a cluttered space often leads to a cluttered mind, and having a clean space in which to function makes it easier to operate. is a great resource with advice, newsletters, articles, inspiration, and specific tips to, well, get organized now!

Remind yourself of your own value.

Too often, we slip into self-deprecating talk and forget to focus on what we are good at – what makes us unique and talented and capable. Make a list of all your positive traits and keep it somewhere you can see often to remind yourself that you are valuable, helpful, and needed! Things To Remind Yourself Daily is a helpful list of simple things to keep in the forefront of your minds as you strive for productivity and success.

Reward yourself for a job well done.

The old adage “all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” is still used for a reason! Rewards are a great motivational tool – don’t forget to give yourself a reward when you have accomplished a task, reached a benchmark, or met a goal.


Caity Collins is guest blogger for Pounding the Pavement and a writer on career training for Guide to Career Education.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this valuable and informative blog. It gives me immense pleasure while reading the blog and knowing that how to be my own career coach! It helps people to build up their career professionally and grow personally as well. One can also contact professional career coaching service provider ( for various coaching services.


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