Most of us don’t feel that 168 hours a week is enough to do everything we have planned. This is why we’d like to share with you our choice of 10 top TED Talks on task and time management. These talks are filled with brilliant thoughts and tips you can use both at home and at work. And none of them will take more than twenty minutes of your precious time!
1. Laura Vanderkam: How to gain control of your free time
How to find time for what’s important? For years, Laura Vanderkam has been conducting researches on how extremely busy people manage their time. In this very popular talk, she shares her observations and pieces of advice how to organise our life to be satisfied with the amount of time we can spend.
2. Tim Urban: Inside the mind of the master procrastinator
Procrastination is a commonplace. Our companies experience most productive days just before the deadline and most of the students start studying after they’ve felt the pressure of an upcoming exam. Tim Urban, the self-called master procrastinator, describes in a funny way the mechanisms that lead us to put off assignments until we get panic. How to overcome procrastination? You’ll be surprised by the answer.
3. Yves Morieux: As work gets more complex, 6 rules to simplify
While working with over 500 companies, Yves Morieux was observing how the productivity dies. Despite better payment, more comfortable workplaces and personal development tracks, employees seem to be less and less involved. Morieux talks on how time is wasted in modern offices and give tips to avoid it. He discusses if employees should like one another and if they should ask for help when they need it. Talk can be found controversial but worth deeper reflection.
4. Yves Morieux: How too many rules at work keep you from getting things done
In his second talk, Morieux fights against complex and confusing rules at the workplace. Most of them are implemented to make work simple and transparent, but the result of the implementation is contrary to what was expected. The author shares his revolutionary thoughts on lack of effectivity and shows how to change time management at the workplace.
5. David Grady: How to save the world (or at least yourself) from bad meetings
Inefficient, long and poorly organised meetings are an epidemic of our time. Can we filter out bad meetings based on the invitation? What should be our strategy, knowing that the meeting will be ineffective? David Grady answers these questions. Talk is worth watching if only to see how Grady funny way presents how the meetings in a big corporation look like.
6. Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes
When was the last time you were doing absolutely nothing? No reading, no TV watching, no phone checking, no planning tasks – consciously doing nothing. It may sound illogical, but 10 minutes of this kind of “doing nothing” helps to improve our concentration and as a result better manage our time. The kind of meditation, we’re talking here is called mindfulness. It ain’t easy and requires practice but its results will certainly reward initial failures.
7. Paolo Cardini: Forget multitasking, try monotasking
Designer, Paolo Cardini in less than three minutes convinces to give up multitasking, for doing one thing at a time. It recommends this approach for product design.
8. Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work
Jason Fried starts his talk with presenting the results of a short survey. He asked people where they go when they want to do something. Survey results lead to presenting the sociological reasons of why work doesn’t happen at work. Will blocking sites help to increase the efficiency of our employees? Do managers make work easier? How to change our offices into places that help us to get our job done? Watch Jason Fried’s talk to get the answers.
9. David Pogue: 10 top time-saving tech tips
How to save microseconds of repetitive activities we do hundred times a day? David Pogue, technology magazines’ columnist, presents ten keyboard shortcuts and hidden functionalities of your equipment, to help us save our time.
10. Nilofer Merchant: Got a meeting? Take a walk
The last presentation shows how a slight change introduced in our calendar can affect our health and the productivity of our meetings.