9 TED Talks to Help You Become Incredibly Productive
9 TED Talks to Help You Become Incredibly Productive

New and unexpected ways to achieve the highest productivity in an easy and enjoyable way have been waiting for you in this collection of motivational TED videos.

9 TED Talks to Help You Become Incredibly Productive
9 TED Talks to Help You Become Incredibly Productive

You don't have to work around the clock, seven days a week to be most productive. You just need to know how to do it wisely and make the most of your time. Check out a selection of nine TED talks and see for yourself.

1. Unexpected habits of those who think in an original way

If fear of failure fetters you and prevents you from generating new ideas, then relax now and forget about it: Adam Grant has a very inspiring theory on this subject. He is sure that the more ideas we have, even if not very good ones, the higher the probability of finding among them something really worthy of attention. Moreover, the variety and freedom of choice have not hurt anyone yet.

The most successful people fail more often than others because they are more likely to try to do things. You have to go through a lot of bad ideas to get a few good ones.

Adam Grant

2. How happiness can help us do better


Shawn Achor CEO of Good Think Inc., entrepreneur, positive psychologist and author of The Happiness Advantage. Most of Sean's research focuses on figuring out how concepts such as human potential, success, and happiness are interconnected.

Do you still naively think that it takes a lot of work to be happy? Someone has definitely misinformed you! Quite the opposite is true: first happiness, and then work. Sean Achor is sure that the effectiveness of our work depends on him.

If we become happier, our brain seems to be charged with happiness, that is, if you are happy, you will start to work better. A happy person works 31% more efficiently than someone in a bad, calm, or anxious mood. If we can become happy, then our work will be more successful because we will become harder, faster, and smarter.

Sean Achor

3. Have an appointment? Take a walk


Nilofer Merchant Business consultant, Stanford University lecturer, author of several books and popular blogger. Merchant has repeatedly helped large companies with developing corporate values, new product strategies and optimizing revenues. I am convinced of the absolute benefits of walking meetings.

If meetings in faceless conference rooms under the light of glittering fluorescent lamps you are rather tired of, and drinking coffee and at the same time discussing work issues is simply not strong enough, then walking meetings will help you. Instead of wiping your pants in the next eatery or in a stuffy office, try taking it to the next level - take a walk! (Not in a thirty-degree frost.)

Negotiate on the go. Combine business with pleasure. You will be surprised how fresh air stimulates lateral thinking and gives free rein to imagination. By following my advice, you will introduce completely new ideas into your life.

Nilofer Merchant

4. Why we don't work at work


Jason Fried Entrepreneur, co-author of Office Is Not Required, co-founder of 37signals, which developed the acclaimed project management system Basecamp. Jason is passionate about researching collaboration, productivity, and the nature of work.

Modern offices are designed in such a way that when we are there, we expose ourselves to a huge number of forced distractions. Completely pointless meetings, stupid conversations with colleagues, someone's annoying distracting requests, endless lunch breaks and smoke breaks … And the constant question at the end of every day "Why am I not in time for a damn thing?"

Fried is sure that office slavery is to blame for everything. People who are free from it work much more productively only because they are not distracted and they have the opportunity to focus on the current task for a long period of time.

You no longer have a working day - there are only working moments. As soon as you cross the threshold of the office, your day instantly begins to break up into small parts: 15 minutes here, half an hour there, 20 minutes passed - time to go to lunch, and then chat with colleagues a little. We all went through this. In the evening, you look back at your day and realize that you have not done anything useful. Well, yes, but we were at work.

Jason Fride

5. Release force


Stefan Sagmeister Graphic Designer, Co-founder of Sagmeister & Walsh Inc. He is famous for designing album covers for popular musicians. For example, for the Rolling Stones and Lou Reed.

Sagmeister's New York design studio has been around for over 20 years. However, there is one unusual feature: every seven years, she takes a year's sabbatical to refresh her creativity and gain inspiration. At this time, she is not available to any of the clients and is engaged in the development of internal projects, for which there is usually not enough time.

To keep work from getting bored, you need to periodically retire. Take a sabbatical!

Stefan Sagmeister

6. How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings


David Grady Information security manager, blogger and journalist. Believes that the power of communication can turn complex problems into simple ones.

Tedious meetings that go on endlessly and make huge numbers of people unhappy are a problem many are familiar with. David Grady has an elegant solution that will radically change his attitude towards such meetings and suffer a little less.

Meetings are important, aren't they? Cooperation is the key to success in any enterprise. A well-conducted meeting can bring positive results. But most often such meetings are held as follows: there is a presenter who has no idea how to conduct the meeting. There are members who have no idea why they are there. All this turns into a collective train wreck. And everyone leaves angry.

David Grady

7. Why too many rules at work are against us


Yves Morieux Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group, a leading global company, and co-author of Six Simple Rules, which outlines six key beliefs to help employees work more efficiently within the company and solve long-term problems.

Modern companies have such a complex and intricate internal structure that it often interferes with the work of employees. Yves Maurier offers several methods that are designed to help people cooperate for more effective interaction with each other.

Our organizations are wasting human intelligence. They are opposed to human endeavors. When people don't interact, don't blame their thinking, mentality and personal qualities - look at the conditions in which they work. Is it really in their personal interest to make the choice in favor of interaction if, helping each other, they lower their personal indicators? Why should they be interested in interacting?

Yves Maurier

8. How to become successful? Get enough sleep


Arianna Huffington Co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online Huffington Post, journalist, author of 13 books.

Probably not worth talking about the benefits of a good sound sleep for the hundredth time. The best thing you can do for your health is to get enough sleep every day. For Huffington, getting adequate sleep helps us be more productive, make far more informed decisions, and actively generate new ideas.

I urge you to close your eyes and open up the great ideas that are hidden within us. Discover the energy of sleep!

Arianna Huffington

9. How to risk disagreeing


Margaret Heffernan CEO of five successful companies, entrepreneur, author of The Truth. Heffernan researches issues such as human thinking and conflict prevention at work.

Good work relationships are not always based on consistent harmony with one another. Therefore, if you suddenly have a conflict with someone on work issues, you should not be upset: this is a completely normal situation. Heffernan believes that healthy disagreement is the key to progress, and in the dispute, as you know, the truth is born.

Truth alone will not free us until we acquire the skill, habit, talent, and courage of spirit to use it. Openness is not the end of the road. This is the beginning.

Margaret Heffernan