Why Your Personal Development Efforts Fail and What to Do about It


When we work on our personal development, we usually work on an intellectual level. We set goals. We learn new skills. We try to increase our productivity. And let’s face it. We’re drawn to personal development to get more out of the world, not to give more to the world. After a while, we realize […]

A Simple Mind Hack to Stay Focused


My strategy for a meaningful life involves five steps. Write down my life goals. Align my beliefs with my life goals. Reverse engineer my life goals to find my weekly goals and daily action lists. Schedule the action lists in my weekly task list. Optimize the execution of my weekly task list. Continuous Improvement All […]

Four Exercises to Internalize New Beliefs that Serve Your Goals


Yesterday’s post was about evaluating whether our beliefs were aligned with our goals. This evaluation consists of five steps. Find the beliefs that contradict your goals. Question the beliefs that contradict your goals. Make a list of alternative beliefs that serve your goals. Handle your objections against the new beliefs. Add your existing beliefs that […]

Do This Exercise before Setting a Goal


When you set a goal, ask yourself whether it contradicts with one of your beliefs. Reflect on that question and write down everything that comes up. Example: Beliefs against Setting Up a Business Suppose that you plan to set up a business. Which one of your beliefs contradict that goal? Setting up a business requires […]

A Healthier Attitude toward Business Stats


There was a scene in the movie Social Network. Mark Zuckerberg and his team moved into their first office. They placed a big screen in the lobby showing the number of registered Facebook users. That number was going up continuously and motivating everybody in the team. Business Dashboards A similar practice is popular among executives […]

The Nuclear Weapon of Personal Development Practices


In yesterday’s post, I mentioned creating an identity as a method to improve your willpower. Building a failproof identity is not a frequently discussed topic in personal development circles. Identity is an abstract concept. It’s hard to explain, understand, and discuss. Yet, it’s one of the most powerful of personal development practices. Our environment has […]

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 […]

Optimize the Execution of Your Plans with This Simple Exercise


We can divide time management into two parts. Time Management = Planning + Willpower We can handle the planning part in three steps. Analysis Prioritization Scheduling I explained each step of the planning part in the previous two posts of this series. The Simple Formula of Time Management What Gets Scheduled Gets Done Willpower Planning […]

What Gets Scheduled Gets Done


In yesterday’s post, I shared the simple formula of time management. Time Management = Planning + Willpower I split planning into three steps. Analysis Prioritization Scheduling I explained the analysis and prioritization steps in yesterday’s post. Today’s post will be about the third step, scheduling. What Is Scheduling? By scheduling, I mean the planning of […]

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 […]

Burak Bilgin

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