5 Great TED Talks That Will Make You More Productive

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Watching videos is an entertaining way to spend some downtime. But if you want to make the most of what little free time you may have at any given day, you may want to use it to watch some of the best TED talks on productivity. While there are several incredible talks for you to choose from, here are some of the ones that will make you more productive.

Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

People have different motivations for doing things. But if you think that money is the key to keep people motivated, think again. Dan Pink, a career analyst, posits that more than financial rewards, it is autonomy, mastery, and purpose that may actually be the secret to keeping people motivated.

Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress is not necessarily a bad thing according to psychologist Kelly McGonigal. She shares findings in her research which suggest that it is not stress itself but our perception of it that may be doing us harm.

Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk.

There have been many articles written about the downsides of meetings and how it may actually be wasting people’s time. Nilofer Merchant talks about how instead of doing meetings within the confines of conference rooms, people can benefit more from a walking meeting. She says that the walk combined with the fresh air may actually be good in breathing life to ideas.

Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking

This talk puts a spotlight on the role of monotasking on productivity. It uses product designs as example to show how focusing on a single task instead of multitasking can make you more productive.

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

It has been said that being more productive promotes happiness. But Shawn Achor says otherwise. He believes that it may actually be the reverse. To be more productive, you need to be happy with whatever it is that you are doing.