TED Talks have been changing lives. In just a span of less than 20 minutes, we can obtain the most valuable musings and life principles only by watching these talks. Including, of course, the techniques of how to be highly productive. If you set aside work for just a couple minutes and pay full attention to what these lecturers have to say, you may find information that can improve your work. It may sound ironic; but sometimes you have to stop being productive to be more productive. However, you must use your time in wise ways. Such as, by watching these top TED talks that will help you become highly productive!
Shawn Achor: The Happy Secret to Better Work
This fast and entertaining talk by Psychologist Shawn Achor intrigues the audience about the relationship between happiness and success. Most of us thought that happiness comes from success, but Achor, using scientific data and humor argues that productivity and success comes from happiness. According to Harvard University psychologist, Achor, the importance of happiness as an attitude and emotional state directly affects how we create and produce work.
David Grady: How to Save the World (or at Least Yourself) From Bad Meetings
David Grady hilariously talks about this global pandemic he called, MAS (mindless accept syndrome). His self-made assumption is funny yet true, and thousands of people agree. MAS has been affecting a ton of workers and has been efficiently turning their lives miserable. His 6-minute lecture discusses about time-wasting meetings, and how we can save ourselves from a hideous MAS. If you, too, had enough of wasting hours in unproductive meetings, listen to Grady and you’ll know what to do.
Kelly McGonigal: How to Make Stress Your Friend
Stanford psychologist, Kelly McGonigal, enlightens the audience about a groundbreaking study tackling stress. For many years, health professionals have pointed out stress as an enemy, and a huge factor for illnesses and mortality. In opposed to this, McGonigal says that changing the way we think about stress will help us become healthier, stronger and more productive. She suggests that we inflict to the modern thinking that stress is our friend. Her eye-opening talk tells us how we can use stress to feel more centered, focused, and to get more work done.
Paolo Cardini: Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking
Designer Paolo Cardini is not a fan of multi-tasking himself – he questions its efficiency. In this fast-phase, multi-tasking world we are in, being able to focus on one task seem impossible. However, Cardini believes in the power of ‘Monotasking’. During his talk, he discusses about the importance of doing one task at a time. He believes, adhering to monotasking will keep us productive, with high quality results, and avoid mistakes. The best part is, we can all do it. Despite the innumerable possible distractions that we can face during our attempt to accomplish a single task, there’s a way to focus. Cardini added, his 3D-printed smartphone covers could help us monotask.
Dan Pink: The Puzzle of Motivation
Do you want to feel fired up for work? We know the answer is motivation – the question is, how? Career analyst Dan Pink analyzes the puzzle of motivation using scientific studies and facts. His enlightening and passionate talk surprises the audience about the outdated strategies that businesses still use. Pink discusses about a new technique on how to motivate people to become more productive and efficient, and it doesn’t usually involve rewards and punishments. Yes. Apparently, that is an old way to motivate people, but not in the 21st century. If you want to feel real motivation or make your people feel a lot more driven at work, let Dan Pink encourage to use the new strategies for productivity he mentions in his talk.
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