29-Nov Five things to plan for the year end — I used my Weekly Review to flesh them out
28-Nov How to get really good at what you do — The power of Deliberate Practice
27-Nov Is burnout worse when you are a writer or a worker at a 9–5 job? — Hint: Burnout sucks and what to do about it
26-Nov Four Simple Questions to Help You Develop Gratitude — You can trigger this feeling intentionally
25-Nov How Can I Get My Writing in Front of Other People? — Practical Advice for all writers
24-Nov The Power of the…
I posted my first story on Medium 3 days ago.
And I am here to make a public commitment:
“I will write every day for the next seven weeks, until the end of the year.”
Have I gone mad? Am I just setting myself up for failure and disappointment?
And why should you even care?
Hear me out — especially if you also want to write consistently here on Medium, as I do.
Over the past few days, I’ve read multiple articles on how to be successful on Medium at the beginning. …
We are addicted to our smartphones.
According to Rescuetime, a time-tracking software, the average person picks up their phone 58 times per day. That is at least 3–4 times per hour when we are not asleep. And that was before the Covid-19 pandemic.
But every time you switch your attention by checking your phone, there is a cost to your focus and cognitive performance. Scientists call this “attention residue”, where your ability to focus and think deeply on the original, challenging thought is reduced for up to 25 minutes.
Imagine trying to work on something demanding, but you pick your…
Because every week is mostly the same, I don’t have any friction between tasks. I know Mondays are admin, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are my heavy writing days, Thursdays are mostly for meetings and filming, and Fridays for anything else that comes up through the week.
In the 1980s, my grandpa left his home country and came to Austria as a construction worker. He had to endure tough conditions throughout his life and constantly told me to study hard so one day I could get a safe job and have better conditions than him.
Studying hard and getting a safe job is probably the most frequent advice of every immigrant parent and grand-parent Sinem Günel
It sounds to me that you are still pursuing this advice, learning every day, studying materials that interest you, and also giving back, like your own grand-parents did to you.
I wouldn't be surprised if you decided to return to university later in life and completed a degree in a topic of interest to you, like behavioral psychology.
Thank you for the interesting article.
My wife was recently involved in a car accident.
She was driving down our neighborhood street when a distracted driver went through a stop sign and hit the passenger door of our car.
The cause of the accident is a habit many of us have trouble controlling — texting while driving. The other driver never saw the stop sign. Fortunately for our family, they were both driving at a slow speed.
Raise your hand if you ever texted or checked your phone while driving.
Why do we allow ourselves to engage in a behavior that we know is dangerous?
Promise me this: for every hour you spend hustling, spend at least an hour figuring out if you can do so smarter, better, or easier.
Email is necessary for all of us. But it can often feel like we are drowning in it. We receive information about work, our children’s school, friends’ birthday parties, and all kinds of requests from customers, clients, and coworkers. Plus, we get spam and random junk.
Given that you can’t just delete your email account, what strategies do you use to fight back against the email onslaught? Should you practice Inbox Zero?
Cal Newport gave his thoughts on fighting the email onslaught in a recent podcast episode.
Many people who receive large numbers of email accept that they have no…
We are coming up to the end of the year. As I am writing this, there are 32 days left for the year 2020.
The last month of the year is generally a busy period in our lives. To plan for the year-end, I used my weekly review this weekend to dream and plan how to end this year strong.
In a previous article, I wrote that the practice of the Weekly Review is the glue that holds my productivity system together.
At the beginning of December, I have what I consider one of my favorite reviews. …
How can we build our skills to achieve expert performance?
Bill has been practicing chess since he was 20 when he learned the game at University. Now in his 30’s, he enjoys playing with friends and can achieve a few victories even. However, his performance is not exceptional by any standards.
In the initial months, he practiced with his room-mate, a regional champion, and saw rapid progress in learning the game.
Yet, he reached a plateau eventually and got stuck ever since.
In the last couple of years, he has tried to up his game. He signed up on the…