There are 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week, and nearly 700 hours in a month. Let’s take one hour for career management. There’s a myth that it takes months of planning and action to achieve your career bliss. The truth is, it only takes a few minutes a day to start on the path to your happiness. If you consistently take small chunks of time to work on your career, you’ll find yourself building the foundation for sustainable career contentment in no time.

Here are a few ways you can use small pieces of your time…


Traditionally, career development was meant to be an annual or bi-annual activity composed of two things:

  1. Performance management process led by HR
  2. Individual Career Development Plan led by the manager

In today’s ever-changing work environment, we have to shift how we think, manage, and grow our careers with modern tools, processes, and mechanisms. Let’s dive into the old way vs. the new way.

Individual Career Development Plan (old way)

If you have some experience working in corporate America, you may have come across a thing called Individual Career Development Plan (ICDP). …


Albert Mehrabian wrote extensively on the relative importance of verbal and non-verbal messages and his findings are summarized in ‘7–38–55 Rule’. That is:

Our words convey 7% of the meaning, our tone 38%, and our body language makes up 55% of what the audience will remember.

When you combine these 3 elements, your audience will be more engaged and connected with you. The body communicates nonstop and is an abundant source of information. Tune into your body language to make your messages loud and clear. If your words exude confidence, but your body language expresses nervousness, your conversation partner will…


Aristotle coined these terms to explain how rhetoric works:

“Of the modes of persuasion furnished by the spoken word there are three kinds. The first kind depends on the personal character of the speaker [ethos]; the second on putting the audience into a certain frame of mind [pathos]; the third on the proof, or apparent proof, provided by the words of the speech itself [logos]. Persuasion is achieved by the speaker’s personal character when the speech is so spoken as to make us think him credible.”​

Ethos — appeal to ethics

Convincing an audience via the authority or credibility of the persuader, be it a…


“A whole is that which has a beginning, middle, and end” — Aristotle

This amazingly simple and useful tool was developed by Florian Mueck. Here is the pdf template for the full structure. Florian came up with a visualization of a Greek template, which has:

  • Foundation: beginning or opening
  • Pillars: speech body
  • Roof: ending or closing
  • Drainpipe: connection of the closing of a speech with its opening.​

This structure is very easy to remember and can be applied to any communication, whether you are preparing a wedding toast or a career-making presentation. …


“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.” ― Epictetus​

Active Listening

Why do we listen?​ To get information, to understand, to learn, and most importantly to influence. Research suggests that we only remember 25–50% of what we hear, as described by Edgar Dale’s Cone of Experience. There are three levels of listenings:

  • Level 1: Listening to impress
  • Level 2: Listening to learn
  • Level 3: Listening to the understand

As part of being a good communicator, you have to be a good active listener — which is a simple technique that makes…


Here are more than 45 different time management systems and techniques you can use to make the most out of your day.

8–8–8 Rule

8 hours Work
8 hours Sleep
8 hours Leisure

​Four-time blocks

  1. Focus: 90–120 mins
  2. Social: 90–120 mins
  3. Admin Work: 30–60 mins
  4. Recovery: varies

50–10 Rule

50 minutes of focused work
10 minutes for a break

​Pomodoro

25 mins of work
5 min break
Repeat 3x, then take 15 mins break

1–3–5 Rule

1 big task
3 medium tasks
5 small tasks

7 Minute Life

Spend 7 minutes in the morning to plan your day and 7 minutes before you go to sleep to review your day and prepare…


Flow is one of life’s highly enjoyable states of being, wrapping us entirely in the present, and helping us be more creative, productive, and happy.

Flow state is a very powerful state of mind where you are extremely productive and also feel great. You don’t have to force yourself to work hard. Rather, it seems to go automatically. It seems as if you are ‘flowing’ through your work. Put simply, it’s a state of mind you achieve when you’re fully immersed in a task, forgetting about the outside world.

​When you’re in the state of flow, you:

  • are completely focused…

Awareness is knowing what’s happening around you, self-awareness is knowing what you’re experiencing. Self-awareness is the ability to know what we are doing as we do it and understand why we are doing it.

Self-awareness is:

  • knowing what we are doing as we do it
  • understanding why we are doing it
  • seeing yourself clearly and objectively through reflection​

They are two sides to this coin:

  1. Awareness is knowing what’s happening around you
  2. Self-Awareness is knowing what you are experiencing

​Self-Awareness Theory is based on the idea that you are not your thoughts, but the entity observing your thoughts; you are…


Personality Tests

Most people have taken the MBTI personality test at some point in their life and know those four characters that represent them in some way. There are many other personality tests you can take to shed some light on different aspects of your individuality. Here are some resources that share what personality tests to take:

14 Free Personality Tests That’ll Help You Figure Yourself Out

by Alyse Kalish

There’s something wonderful about personality tests — the idea that you can put yourself into a category (or categories), just like that, is so relieving and self-satisfying. I’m an introvert and an extrovert! I’m sensitive, but strong-minded! I’m destined to marry rich…

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