5 TED Talks guaranteed to boost your productivity

Boost yourself into a higher gear with these inspiring talks that suggest simple, but effective ideas. By Ayushi Khandelwal


1. Stefan Sagmeister: “The power of time off”
While many of us fear lagging behind at work by taking a break, graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister has a different insight to offer. His idea of boosting productivity is to take time off from work so that you can rejuvenate yourself, and come up with new strategies and goals.  He gives his own example where he closes his gallery for a year every seven years and goes on a sabbatical. During his time off, he chalks out a timetable where he devotes time to the work he had always longed to do, experiments and thinks about fresh ways to boost his productivity. All he does during this time off, ultimately flows back into the company. While we all can’t take a year off, taking a similar type of break is important. Stefan tells us about large organisations, like Google, that give employees ample time off to indulge in personal activities. They have realised this increases employee satisfaction and therefore productivity. So if you want to avoid burnout and recharge your batteries, taking a planned break is a must.
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2. Arianna Huffington: “How to succeed? Get more sleep”
This might sound simple, but the fact of the matter is very few of us do it! Cutting down on sleep because of working overtime hinders our brain’s capacity to make decisions and chalk out fresh ideas that ultimately affect the quality of our work. Huffingon’s idea of unlocking billions of big ideas is to adopt this seemingly simple idea of sleeping well. If we’re well rested, our minds will work at optimum capacity and you’ll get rid of that constantly tired feeling that pervades your day. A simple yet effective way to enhance productivity.
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3. Nilofer Merchant: “Got a meeting? Take a walk”
Our jobs often demand that we sit in a chair all day long. In fact, we sit longer than we sleep. Nilofer emphasises that sitting has become the smoking of our generation, causing several lifestyle diseases, including cancer. And no one raises an eyebrow because everyone is doing the same. Health and work obligations often differ, but with this simple tip Nilofer brings both on the same page. She suggests that instead of holding meetings in fluorescent-lit conference rooms, we should walk and talk. This will not only break the monotony of sitting but as an out of the box method it will also trigger out of the box ideas. The strategy at play here is that when people go outside and talk, fresh air and new surroundings often unlock innovative ideas that significantly add to productivity.
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4. Paolo Cardini: “Forget multi-tasking, try mono-tasking”
We often boast of our capacity to do multiple tasks at one time, but the question is, how effectively are we actually doing the work? Paolo’s idea to increase productivity is fairly simple—to stop multi-tasking and try mono-tasking. He drives home this point by drawing   a funny example from his own life when he tried to cook and talk on the phone at the same time. As a result his food became badly burnt. He further illustrates his idea with several unique projects, like the monophone, that allows users to talk to one person at a time so as to enjoy the experience. Paolo firmly believes that multi-tasking makes us less efficient as it doesn’t allow us to focus completely on one task and the diverted attention robs us off our productivity.
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5. Simon Sinek: “How great people inspire action”
In the era of globalisation, we often draw inspiration from the actions of others. Simon believes that it is the cause that makes us successful, not the profit or money we make. He gives example of Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King and the Wright Brothers, who strongly believed in their cause, which is why they turned out to be great leaders. Simon says the main focus should be on the ‘Why’ rather than the ‘What and ‘How’.  He suggests you should follow leaders or successful organisations not because you have to but because you want to; this way you will be actively involved in the learning process..
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