Five TED talks to optimise student life

Five TED talks to optimise student life


I'm sure I'm not the only eager student who's scoured the internet for ways to optimise my productivity. The choice of TED talks can often feel overwhelming, so if you're brand new to this world or if you just don't want to waste time on potentially misleading titles - I got you. My selection varies from general talks that can help in high stress situations like exams or interviews to overcoming procrastinating tendencies through finding fulfilment and managing depression. 

1) Your body language may shape who you are by Amy Cuddy

A classic for any of you seasoned TED talk addicts, but well worth a re-watch. The basic premise? Your choice of physical movements might be able to impact how you feel. So, by implementing power posing or placing your feet steadily under the table your brain can become more effective. Mind-blowing.

2) How to stop screwing yourself over by Mel Robbins

Mel Robbins break-through TED talk is in my top five all-time for sure. Using methods like the 5 second rule and deconstructing the language we use to limit our potential. She hits the nail on the head with tough love that works. Well worth a watch.

3) Why we do what we do by Tony Robbins

Human motivation is a slippery beast to pin down, but Tony Robbins talk (at the first ever conference) breaks down the technique he uses with everyone from pro athletes to suicidal teens. Teaching us how to unlock our higher potential and never feel the need to 'procrastinate' again.

4) How to gain control of your free time by Laura Vanderkam

We each have 168 hours in a week, yet sometimes it can feel impossible to get everything done. Queue Laura Vanderkam a time management expert who can offer sound advice to start carving out time for what we need and want to do. Spoiler alert: you can no longer feel like a victim.

5) How to get stuff done when you are depressed by Jessica Gimeno

This last talk won't be relevant to all of you, but as someone who has suffered for years with depression this has been life changing for me. Ironically, the first time I watched it I paused it half way because I was too depressed to care. But, having since watched it the whole way through she offers really good techniques to get stuff done especially when you don't feel like it. Urgency in particular has been one I've employed a lot. Go easy on yourself though!

I hope you enjoy these talks and as ever I love hearing about any of your recommendations so definitely drop them in the comments below or slide into my DMs. A fun challenge can be watching one a day - I like to pop them on when I'm getting ready in the morning or walking to lectures. Happy studying!


All my love, Sam

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