I’m a long-time fan of TED talks. In fact this post is kind of a “part 2.”

I wrote 6 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Money in early 2015.

Ever since I published that, I’ve wanted to post about productivity TED talks. Here it is.

The whole idea of a TED talk is to change your thinking. I’ve watched countless hours of these talks, and the speaker is always attempting to either change your mind, or your mindset. That’s exactly what these speakers do. And that’s a good thing.

These six videos are extremely useful and helpful in changing the way we view productivity.

1. Smash Fear, Learn Anything

Tim Ferriss is no stranger to the productivity world. His book, The Four Hour Work Week, is on my productivity book list for a good reason. In this talk, Tim explains how he is able to learn things faster than what is generally considered possible, and how you can too.

2. Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban, from Wait Buy Why, gets personal and transparent with how procrastination affects his daily life. I love how he doesn’t pretend to have everything figured out, but there is still a lot we can learn from this talk.

3. Forget Big Change, Start With a Tiny Habit

In this TEDx talk, BJ Fogg explains how tiny habits can change your life. I’ve written about tiny habits here, but this video explains most of what you need to know. If you want to create a new habit, start small and grow from there. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

4. The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit (also on my productivity book list), explains the basic ideas surrounding the research and experiments he did to write his book. You’ll want to read the book after watching this video, but you’re going to get a lot out of the video itself. This is another TEDx talk.

5. The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, gives this TEDx talk to explain most of his philosophy on productivity. He admits to being very lazy, which is why a system is so important. Watch the video, and then be sure to read his book. It’s one of my top five favorites on productivity.

6. Too Busy for Productivity

In this TEDx talk, Carlin Daharsh goes into detail about being busy versus being productive. This is such an important point, because we all get busy. Life will keep you busy, but stopping to realize that busy doesn’t equal productive is the first step to true productivity.


It seems that several of the authors here are on my top productivity book list, so check that out. Let me know what you think about these videos and feel free to share any productive TED or TEDx videos you like, in the comments.