8 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

email, laptop, work, officeTapping your productivity in ways you never have before takes unconventional thinking.

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.

The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

Shawn Achor’s “The happy secret to better work.”

As the CEO of Good Think Inc., a psychologist, and author of “The Happiness Advantage,” Achor has spent a lot of time researching where human potential, success, and happiness intersect.

He suggests the common belief that we should work to be happy is misguided, and instead happiness inspires productivity.

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Take frequent breaks and get some fresh air every hour or two during your workday. Stretch a little, clear your mind, read something funny or something similar. It will keep your mind rested throughout the day and you will be more productive as a result.

Nilofer Merchant’s “Got a meeting? Take a walk.”

The business consultant and author of “The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy Paperback” shares with TED audiences how she’s helped numerous major companies develop successful new ideas: walking meetings.

She recommends forgoing coffee meetings or fluorescent-lit conference room meetings in favor of walking and talking 20 to 30 miles a week.

“You’ll be surprised at how fresh air drives fresh thinking, and in the way that you do, you’ll bring into your life an entirely new set of ideas,” she says.

Jason Fried’s “Why work doesn’t happen at work.”

According to the “Rework” author, thanks to modern offices, we’re constantly getting distracted by our boss checking in on us, pointless meetings, or coworkers with urgent requests.

“You don’t have a work day anymore,” Fried says in his talk. “You have work moments. It’s like the front door of the office is like a Cuisinart, and you walk in and your day is shredded to bits, because you have 15 minutes here, 30 minutes there.”

One of his proposed solutions goes against common convention, but Fried says implementing half-days (or more) of complete silence will help employees work uninterupted for longer periods of time.