Tag Archives: Productivity


Focus on the 1% of the Activities that Matter

You might have heard about the Pareto Principle that says 20% of the actions produce 80% of the results. Some people take the Pareto Principle to the extreme. For example, Gary Vaynerchuk says that 99% of the things don’t matter. The art of success is finding that 20 % or in Vaynerchuk’s case finding those […]


Waking Up Early Can Make the Difference between Success and Failure

But there’s a catch… Waking up early is common advice in the personal development literature. “Join the 5:00 am club.” “I woke up at 4:30 am, and my life changed.” “Ex-seal wakes up at 4:00 am every day.” These are the headlines you come across frequently. I believe I have the credits to write about […]


A Racing Mind, a Blessing or a Curse?

Do you have a racing mind that jumps from thought to thought and comes up with new ideas all the time? That sounds like a blessing because you have a constant stream of new ideas. What can be wrong with that? On the other hand, a racing mind can be a serious liability, keeping you […]


24 / 7 / 365 Productivity

When we’re thinking about productivity, the first thing that comes to our minds is work. From that context, being productive 24 / 7 / 365 is impossible. If we define productivity as making the most of our lives, then 24 / 7 / 365 productivity is possible. It’s not easy, but it’s definitely within our […]


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 First Step to Productivity

Productivity is a popular but often misunderstood topic in business and personal development. Here’s a question for you before we start. What does productivity mean to you? How do you define it? Take a moment to reflect on this question and come up with an answer before you move on. The Definition of Productivity To […]


The Impact of Your Environment on Your Success

What comes to your mind when you think about success? For most of us, it’s working harder, longer, and smarter. Sure you can improve your results through hard and smart work, but that’s just one factor in the formula of success. There are others factors such as environment and identity. Creating the right environment will […]


The Bug That’s Trying to Mate with a Beer Bottle

This post isn’t my attempt to dethrone Franz Kafka from his position in the royal family of literature. It’s about a species of beetles from Australia, and the similarities of our behavior with them. The males of this species are attracted to a particular beer bottle and try to mate with it. These beer bottles […]


High Performance Isn’t What You Think It Is

One of the most misunderstood concepts in personal development is high performance. What does high performance mean to you? Take a moment to answer that question. To me, high performance means producing great results. To produce great results, I need to be productive. What does productivity mean to you? Again, take a moment to answer […]


An Analytical Way to Making Decisions and Solving Problems

“We cannot solve our problems with the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” That’s a quote attributed to Einstein and the idea behind today’s post. Today, I’ll discuss how to get to the higher level of thinking with which we can solve our problems. Let me explain the low-level and high-level […]

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.