5 Ted Talks guaranteed to improve your workplace productivity

These short Ted Talks will teach you how to boost your productivity and performance in life and at the office through simple changes. Learn what these high achievers have to say about how we should be using our precious time. 

Wondering how to boost your productivity? Watch these 5 Ted Talks


1. “How to succeed? Get more sleep” – Arianna Huffington

Author and co-founder of The Huffington Post says the key to a more fulfilling and productive life and career is the very thing hardworking people deny themselves all the time: a good night’s sleep.

“Two-and-a-half years ago, I fainted from exhaustion. I hit my head on my desk. I broke my cheekbone, I got five stitches on my right eye. And I began the journey of rediscovering the value of sleep. And in the course of that, I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.”


2. “Got a meeting? Take a walk” – Nilofer Merchant

After being invited to a meeting while someone was walking their dog, CEO and author Nilofer Merchant realized the key to being healthy while managing her workload was much simpler than she thought.

“I used to think about it as, you could take care of your health, or you could take care of obligations, and one always came at the cost of the other. So now, several hundred of these walking meetings later, I’ve learned a few things.”


how to boost your productivity


3. “How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings” – David Grady

Information security manager David Grady talks unnecessary meetings, how they waste time, curb our enthusiasm and are something we can start to change through our own personal actions.

“Every day, we allow our coworkers, who are otherwise very, very nice people, to steal from us. And I’m talking about something far more valuable than office furniture. I’m talking about time. Your time.”


4. “Forget multitasking, try monotasking” – Paolo Cardini

In this short talk (under 3 minutes!), Italian designer Paolo Cardini reminds us of the beauty and efficiency of doing just one thing at a time – and simplifying our world, which has been overrun with options and technology that supposedly make life easier.

“Have you ever been to Venice? How beautiful it is to lose ourselves in these little streets on the island. But our multitasking reality is pretty different, and full of tons of information. So what about something like that to rediscover our sense of adventure? I know that it could sound pretty weird to speak about mono when the number of possibilities is so huge, but I push you to consider the option of focusing on just one task, or maybe turning your digital senses totally off.”


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5. “As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify” – Yves Morieux

Director for The Boston Consulting Group’s Institute for Organization Yves Morieux breaks down some of the ways businesses can simplify their operations and organization to improve productivity and engagement.

“Now, in front of the new complexity of business, the only solution is not drawing boxes with reporting lines. It is basically the interplay. How the parts work together. The connections, the interactions, the synapses. It is not the skeleton of boxes, it is the nervous system of adaptiveness and intelligence. You know, you could call it cooperation, basically. Whenever people cooperate, they use less resources. In everything.”



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Sources: https://www.ted.com/playlists/60/work_smarter

Photo 1. based on Typing, by Sebastien Wiertz, CC-by-2.0

Photo 2. based on GDC Europe 2010 Talks, Conversations, Presentations, by Official GDC, CC-by-2.0

Photo 3. based on Typing, by Patrik Nygren (inactive account), CC-by-SA 2.0


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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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