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Get Things Done: 10 Inspiring Videos To Boost Your Productivity

Mihir Patkar 08-01-2015

The more you read about productivity and how successful people get things done, the better you get at handling your own tasks. The good news is that the Internet is full of inspirational videos to pump your motivation 8 Inspirational Videos That Will Instantly Pump Up Your Motivation How do you feel about motivational videos? You may think that they’re nothing more than glorified, digital pep rallies where overly optimistic people preach empty words of success, victory, and ultimately happiness. And to some... Read More . The bad news is that the Internet is FULL of inspirational videos to pump your motivation.

So instead of you going through each video channel on YouTube to figure out what you should watch, we thought we’d ease the burden and recommend a few choice clips that will tell you how to boost your productivity.

The Science Of Productivity

Let’s start off by learning what productivity truly is. We’ve all read a few work hacks and productivity tricks before, but ASAP Science explains what effect these methods have on our brains and the way we do work. More importantly, it raises a pertinent point: productivity isn’t about doing more things, it’s about learning to prioritize and say no. The short bit on energy management is a wake-up call for many. In fact, it’s a worthy productivity habit to hack your life in the new year 12 Productivity Habits To Finally Hack Your Life In The New Year A common resolution for most working people is to be more productive. In this article, we'll explore twelve bad habits that you can change -- one per month -- to drastically improve your workload productivity. Read More .

David Allen: How To Hack Your To-Do List

David Allen is among the leading productivity experts in the world, and his Getting Things Done method is often cited in any conversation about the topic. Epipheo interviewed the man himself and animated the whole talk for an entertaining video. It serves as a primer to the GTD philosophy, along with getting into more details about how to manage your to-do list; a worthy lesson in an age where your to-do app is making you less productive 5 Reasons Your To-Do App Is Making You Less Productive Giving up on your to-do lists? Your problem isn't your ambition or the task planning app you use. The problem is in how you are using your to-do list in general. Read More .

The Pomodoro Technique

Author Francesco Cirillo’s simple method of using a tomato timer has caught the web’s fancy, and how. The pomodoro technique’s basic idea is to work in short, focussed bursts (usually of 25 minutes) on one thing at a time, with small breaks in between, so that your mind is always concentrating. This video does a great job of explaining the method and how to put it into action. And we have you covered if you’re looking for apps and software to implement the Pomodoro technique Cut Through Procrastination With These Pomodoro Technique Apps & Software Procrastination is a malady that pervades students and workers in all corners of the world and it infects amateurs and professionals alike. As a writer, I suffer from procrastination on a daily basis. Some people... Read More .

Forget Multitasking, Try Monotasking

Most of us are doing too many things at a time, like listening to music while working, or chatting while watching one of these videos. Designer Paolo Cardini says multi-tasking actually makes us less productive. We’ve previously written about how there is research to back up these claims and why you should stop multitasking and stay focused. If you’re a multi-tasker, Cardini’s TED talk is worth watching to learn the merits of monotasking.

Robin Sharma: How I Beat Procrastination

Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, is one of the leading motivational speakers on the planet. In the video above, he explains how he beats the tendency to procrastinate and deals with distractions, the books and thought leaders whose advice he has found useful, and a few tips of his own. Pay attention, some reckon that procrastination can’t be cured by task management apps Why Procrastination Can't Be Cured By Task Management Apps [Opinion] For the longest time I’ve struggled with time management, and in some aspects I still do. One of my many methods in “overcoming” my lack of time management was to use task management applications. I... Read More , so you need a solid philosophical foundation to beat it.

The Happiness Advantage

Author and speaker Shawn Anchor firmly believes that the trick to productivity is being happy. It’s not as simple as it sounds though. In his video on The Happiness Advantage, Anchor explains how most people think our brain works hard to be happy; except it’s the other way around. Happiness is what fuels productivity and success, he says. Anchor also has a longer TEDx talk on the topic if you’re interested. Of course, happiness itself is a difficult topic, but you can find out a bit more about it in one of these six mind-blowing TED talks about psychology and human behaviour 6 Mind-Blowing TED Talks About Psychology & Human Behavior The human brain is complex and confusing, which explains why human behavior is so complex and confusing. People have a tendency to act one way when they feel something completely different. Here are a few... Read More .

How To Break Bad Habits And Form New Ones

Charles Duhigg, author of The Power Of Habit, put together a simple video explaining the concept of a Habit Loop. In essence, you continue with your bad habits because you have a trigger-routine-reward-trigger loop. The idea is to change the routine to get to the same reward, after identifying your trigger and your reward. An app like HabitRPG can help you gamify your life change successfully Points For Everything: How I Tried to Win At Life With Gamification My brain is stupid. It thinks I can get done tomorrow what I need to do today, and that I can do this afternoon what I need to do this morning. It puts everything off.... Read More .

How To Make Stress Your Friend

Through a regular work week, there are bound to be stressful situations. And sure, there are ways to take stress out of productivity 4 Ways To Take The Stress Out Of Productivity With a few well-targeted changes, you can boost your productivity by leaps and bounds. Apply these simple methods to your life and the result is what you would expect -- better work with lesser effort. Read More , but instead, health psychologist Kelly McGonigal suggests you should change your perspective and see stress as a positive phenomenon. Her TED talk touches upon how stress only really affects our mind when we empower it, and she has a few neat tricks to counter it too.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

There is something about an animated video that can get concepts through far better than a face talking to you. RSA’s video, based on Daniel H. Pink’s book Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, is a prime example of this. The video explains Pink’s concepts of the three factors of motivation (mastery, autonomy and purpose) and how you can harness these in your life to boost your output.

Stop Wasting Time Being Productive

After all these productivity videos, Lifehacker creator Gina Trapani and GTD guru David Allen’s little chat takes us back to the basics. This short video is a quick reminder that what matters is finishing your tasks, not whether you are doing them as taught by a productivity guru or a super-useful app. Don’t get caught up in “productivity porn”.

What’s Your Favourite Productivity Video Here Or Elsewhere?

Among the videos above, which one spoke to you the most? Why? And if your favourite productivity video wasn’t shared here, we want to know! The comments, they await…

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  1. Catharine Inniss
    January 13, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I liked Robin Sharma best. What he said really resonated with me.

  2. Rita
    January 9, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    For a more relevant perspective to the digitally-distracted world, consider Maura Thomas's approach of "Attention Management" instead of time management: A different - and very interesting - approach to the topic

    • Mihir Patkar
      January 10, 2015 at 6:15 pm

      This is so cool! Thanks for sharing :)