We all have looming to-do lists to tackle, scary goals to fill, and distractions we have to avoid today. But before we jump into all that, I think you might want to watch some of these TED Talks on productivity.
How does this not fall under the “distractions to avoid” category? Because unlike that Reddit hole you were about to fall into, these videos will actually teach you about efficiency, time management, procrastination, and all the awesome science and knowledge between them.
And, let’s be real, you’d much rather watch these than start your actual work.
What are the benefits of being generous at work? What are the downsides? Grant, a bestselling author, professor, and psychologist, studied people in the workplace that identified as “givers,” “takers,” or in between, called “matchers,” and his talk will walk you through what you need to know to help yourself—and your team—be productive.
We all love a good productivity hack—but is that really the solution to our time woes? Author and time management expert Laura Vanderkam argues that “time is elastic,” meaning we can decide when we want to find time to do something. We just have to make it our priority.
Skeptical? You won’t be after watching this.
As the creator of Wait But Why and a self-pronounced procrastinator, Urban was fascinated with his inability to focus on a regular basis. So, he decided to delve into the brain of a procrastinator and see what it’s like—and what hilariously accurate things we can learn about ourselves.
In his research, business consultant Yves Morieux has discovered that our productivity worldwide has decreased dramatically since the 1950s. But why? Because we have too many systems in place to get stuff done, which leads us to waste time on things that don’t matter. So, the key to fixing this is—drumroll, please—cooperation. If you’re confused, watch this talk.
As a neuroscientist, Levitin knows that sometimes, his brain fails him under stress. Which is why he’s a big supporter of “pre-mortem,” or predicting what might go wrong when you’re stressed so that you can prevent it beforehand—and be productive and proactive in even the most overwhelming of situations.
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Previously an editor for The Muse, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She’s written almost 500 articles for The Muse on anything from productivity tips to cover letters to bad bosses to cool career changers, many of which have been featured in Fast Company, Forbes, Inc., CNBC's Make It, USA Today College, Lifehacker, Mashable, and more. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer and reader, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.More from this Author