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5 TED Talks to Get You Through the Work Week

Posted by Olivia Russell on

If you haven’t heard of TED talks, you really need to get out more. TED talks have become a bastion of insight, and learning from professionals all over the world. With so many great business minds out there giving us the benefit of their knowledge and experience, we wanted to pick out our top 5 TED talks to help you get more insight on making your work week work for you. We hope you’ll enjoy our picks and that these will inspire you to check out more TED talks.

#1: How to Make Stress Your Friend

If you always feel stressed, but realize that you often work better in this condition, then you’re going to want to watch this TED talk by health psychologist, Kelly McGonigal posted on ted.com. Apparently, believing that stress is bad for you, is the main reason stress is bad for you. If you think that stress is a good thing and that you work better under stress, then chances are, you’re just fine and the natural stress you face every day is not hurting you one bit unless you think it does. This video is incredibly insightful and just may change your life. Check out the inspiring information by watching the full video here.

#2: What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?

Have you ever wondered why people like their work, or why you like your work, in spite of the fact that it may not pay that well, or may be difficult? If so, then you’re going to enjoy this TED talk by behavioral economist, Dan Ariely posted on ted.com. Ariely explains to us what it is about our work that makes us enjoy it and thrive. What elements of our work give us the most joy? He tells us about some experiments he did that explain a lot about what makes our work enjoyable. Learn what about your job makes you happy by watching the full video here.

#3: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work

When author and marketer Nigel Marsh wanted to figure out how to balance his work and family life, he first tried taking a year off and spending it with his family. It worked in one way, he really got close to his family, however, it meant no money coming in and that just didn’t work. That situation made him look hard at how to solve the problem of making a real balance between work and home. If this sounds like an issue you’re facing, and most of us are, then you’re going to love this video posted on ted.com. Find out how to make your work and life balance work by watching the full video here.

#4: Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking

Does multitasking make you feel crazed and like you’re never really invested or involved in any of your tasks? If this sounds like you, then you may want to watch this TED talk by Paolo Cardini posted on ted.com. Paolo explains that too much multitasking doesn’t really allow you to enjoy each thing you’re doing. To that end, he is looking at how to get away from multitasking and start monotasking. It’s an idea whose time has come and you can hear it all by watching the full video here.

#5: 8 Secrets of Success

Watching this three minute TED talk by Richard St. John posted on ted.com might just change your life. After 500 interviews and seven years, Richard came up with the top eight answers to the secrets of success. Take just three minutes and learn what makes the successful, the people they are when you watch the full video here.

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