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Five Powerful TED Talks For Anyone Who Wants To Perform At A High Level

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Let me guess…

You’re someone who wants to perform at a high level but sometimes feels stuck.

You’ve heard all the tips and tricks in the book about the 80/20 rule and even the various tips we’ve shared on how to be productive while working from home.

Despite knowing all of this, you continue to struggle time after time with productivity. Look, I get it. I’ve fallen victim to the same behavior over the last few years but I’ve figured out what works best for me and leveraged it.

But that’s the key. You need to figure out what works for you. I was able to figure out what works for me by studying the habits of some of the best makers and creators in the world. I read countless books, dissected plenty of productivity blog posts and watched the TED Talks below.

From this, I’ve been able to learn how to better manage my time, be more productive and use temporary distractions as fuel to keep going. Here are five powerful TED Talks that I’m sure will leave you inspired and with insights that will help you take your productivity to the next level:

Tim Urban – Inside The Mind of A Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban is one of the best artists of this generation. He’s the brain behind the popular stick figure blog He knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and powerful talk, he takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window — and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

David Grady – How To Save The World (Or At Least Yourself) From Bad Meetings

An epidemic of bad, inefficient, overcrowded meetings is plaguing the world’s businesses — and making workers miserable. David Grady has some ideas on how to stop it in this short but powerful TED Talk that is sure to help you stay on track.

 Arianna Huffington – How To Get More Sleep

In this short talk, Arianna Huffington shares a small idea that can awaken much bigger ones: the power of a good night’s sleep. Instead of bragging about our sleep deficits, she urges us to shut our eyes and see the big picture: We can sleep our way to increased productivity and happiness — and smarter decision-making. If you enjoy this talk, you should definitely check out Arianna’s book, Thrive. It’s filled with insights on how she built the Huffington Post empire.

Jason Fried – Why Work Doesn’t Happen At Work

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn’t a good place to do it. He calls out the two main offenders (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make the workplace actually work. If you haven’t read Jason Fried’s book, Rework, you’re missing out on one of the best books on productivity & business of the last decade.

Nifoler Merchant – Got a meeting? Take a Walk

Nilofer Merchant suggests a small idea that just might have a big impact on your life and health: Next time you have a one-on-one meeting, make it a “walking meeting” — and let ideas flow while you walk and talk. This is a tactic that Steve Jobs used on a regular basis. If you haven’t read the Steve Jobs biography, Jobs – It’s a must read for any entrepreneur.

If you enjoyed these talks, it’s obvious that you’re someone who cares about productivity.

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