Between work, school, family and relationships, community obligations, and attempting to maintain a semblance of a normal sleep schedule and exercise routine, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and to feel like you can’t quite manage it all. With everything that’s crammed into my work and personal schedule, I find myself feeling that way on a fairly regular basis, which is why I’m always looking for tips on working more efficiently, simplifying my workload, and improving my focus and balance. If you’re in a similar boat, fear not! This week we’ve rounded up a collection of TED Talks aimed to inspire you and give you tips on improving your focus, improving your efficiency, goal-setting, and showing you how to work smarter, not harder. Hopefully, with these talks under your belt, you’ll be able to feel a little more balanced and empowered to manage all of your life roles. Let’s get started!
All it takes is 10 mindful minutes by Andy Puddicombe
Learn from mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe about the transformative power of integrating a short daily mindfulness exercise into your routine. You’ll learn how doing so can help strengthen your focus and change your perspective to give your brain the boost it needs to handle its daily tasks.
How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings by David Grady
If you’re like me, some days it feels like all you do is move from meeting to meeting. Reclaim your time and learn how to make those meetings more efficient and effective in this short talk.
Why work doesn’t happen at work by Jason Fried
In this talk Jason Fried discusses the main offenders that keep us distracted at work and away from having uninterrupted time for deep focus (meetings and managers) and offers tips to make your workplace more work-friendly.
The happy secret to better work by Shawn Anchor
In this talk Shawn Anchor discusses the link between success and happiness, and suggests we flip it on its head. Rather than using success to gain happiness, he points out research that suggests that happy brains are actually more creative and productive and better poised to achieve success.
8 secrets of success by Richard St. John
In this short talk (under 4 minutes!) Richard St. John briefly discusses 8 tips for success he’s curated over 7 years of interviewing more than 500 successful people.
Why you should define your fears instead of your goals by Tim Ferriss
Let Tim Ferriss inspire you to take risks and live boldly in this talk. He discusses a practical tool for defining and analyzing your fears that you can use to get closer to your big & scary goals.
Inside the mind of a master procrastinator by Tim Urban
In this funny talk, Tim Urban takes you on a tour through the internal landscape of a procrastinator’s mind. If you have any sort of procrastinating tendencies, this talk will help you better understand your behavior and (maybe) help you be a little more proactive.
How to get better at the things you care about by Eduardo Briceno
This talk by Eduardo Briceno will inspire you to never stop learning and will give you practical tips to get better at the skills you need for your career or a passion project.
What are your favorite TED Talks? Sound off in the comments below!