The Paradox of Time Management

With all the automation and productivity tools available to us, you would expect that we have a lot of spare time nowadays. That’s obviously not the case for most of us. More and more people are struggling with time management today. How’s that possible? The technology that brought us the automation and productivity tools also […]


The Overlooked Variable of Time Management

When we think about time management, the first thing that comes to mind is planning. Planning is a critical part of time management, but not the only component. The other component of time management is the willpower to follow up with your plans. You might analyze and prioritize your projects and plan them in your […]


The Simple Formula of Time Management

Do you have time management challenges? Do you read a lot about time management, but don’t make much progress? If you answer yes to those questions, you’re not alone. I was exactly at the same point until I came up with my own system. Time Management Is a Complex Problem We treat time management as […]


Drafting a Life Plan for Success and Satisfaction on Multiple Levels

David Allen defines a six-level model for work in his book Getting Things Done. 50K+ feet: Life 40K feet: Three- to five-year vision 30K feet: One- to two-year goals 10K feet: Current projects Runway: Current actions This model is not only useful for categorizing our work but for all kinds of resource allocation. We can […]


Resource Allocation Is a Critical Skill for Your Personal Success

Economics is about allocation of scarce resources. But what does that have to do with personal development? Why do I write about it in a personal development blog? Isn’t economics about the finances of countries, big banks, and corporations? If you read the economy sections of newspapers, you might think so. But economics, or allocation […]


Two Critical Success Skills You Must Develop

This week is an intense one for me because I’m visiting my parents. It’s easy to get triggered and get into arguments with them. Those arguments aren’t about anything essential. My parents just like arguing. That used to bother me, but now, I feel better about it. I understand them better thanks to a post […]


Distinguishing an Opportunity from a Distraction in Disguise

Yesterday, I received an excellent comment to one of my posts. The question is relevant to all of us but mostly to the first time entrepreneurs. “Could you elaborate more on how following the opportunities that appear and following each of them is in line with not getting distracted?” “As an example in the last […]


Creating Behavioral Change with a Three Minute Daily Practice

Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author and executive coach, shares six questions in his book Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be. Did I do my best to set clear goals today? Did I do my best to make progress toward my goals today? Did I do my best to find […]


5 Secrets of Worry-Free Productivity

Do you want a successful life? Or do you want a peaceful life? What if you can have both? How? Today, I’ll share five ideas about worry-free productivity from a variety of sources. These ideas are effective enough by themselves. But in combination, they become powerful. Let’s go over each of them. The Ivy Lee […]

Burak Bilgin

Software developer with a Ph.D. and 15 years of experience. I write daily on personal development and life lessons. Sign up to my email newsletter to receive a weekly overview of my latest content on personal development and life lessons.