Studies have shown that breaks are highly important for your overall productivity at work and for your focus, thus don’t feel guilty about taking a sporadic break every hour or so. Better yet, use that time to get inspired and maybe learn something new. My personal favorites are educational videos: entertaining, inspiring, and best of all, most of them are under 10 minutes, so I can watch them while commuting, during lunch break or when I’m having a coffee. I can’t get enough of TED-ed! And they are not the only ones out there producing outstanding video content.
So I put together a list of 10 such super-smart videos about productivity, collaboration, and communication for you to enjoy anytime you feel like taking some time off to just relax.
Best videos on productivity, collaboration and communication at work
1. Why miscommunication happens
Have you ever presented an idea to a group, and it’s met with utter confusion? Learn why miscommunication occurs so frequently, and how we can minimize frustration while expressing ourselves better.
2. The science of productivity
In today’s busy world we’ve become obsessed with productivity at work and hacks. Give this video 3 minutes and learn more about the science behind productivity.
3. The secret powers of time
Renowned psychologist Professor Philip Zimbardo explains how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health, and well-being.
4. The science of persuasion
If you’re interested in improving your communication and negotiation skills, take 4 minutes to learn about the six universal Principles of Persuasion developed by Dr. Cialdini, the author of the groundbreaking book, Influence. PS: Dr. Cialdini is also the narrator of this video.
5. Julian Treasure: How to speak so that people want to listen
This 10 minutes video is about the simple act of speaking and how we can train our voice to get our message heard. PS: it includes a physical exercise you can do before an important speech (or when you want to ask for a raise 😉 ).
6. Robin Sharma: “How I beat procrastination”
It’s time to beat distractions and get things done! Or… wait just another 15 minutes and do that after you watch Robin Sharma talking about his tactics on beating procrastination and getting big things done. Believe me, it’s well worth the time, it will help you increase your productivity at work.
7. Tim Urban: “Inside the mind of a procrastinator”
Tim Urban is one of the guys behind waitbutwhy.com, a blog so good it made Elon Musk push the “Subscribe” button. And he’s just one of the many notable readers on their list. This is Tim’s first appearance at TED and, as expected, his approach on the procrastination topic is both amazingly smart and refreshingly irreverent.
8. Tales of mere existence: “Procrastination”
Just when you think you heard and read everything there is about “procrastination” and why you should stop doing it, here comes this video from the authors of “Tales of mere existence”: exceptionally funny, refreshing, yet insightful. I could go on and on about why you should watch this satire-video, but that would just spoil the surprise.
9. How to hack your to-do list
Looking for a new perspective on how to organize anything and everything in your life? This 2 minutes and a half video is well worth your time. It will empower you to increase your productivity at work and in everything else you do.
10. What is the happiness advantage?
This video elaborates on the link between “happiness” and “success” and how changing our perspective on these topics can lead us to experience, well, more happiness and more success in life.
Bonus: Why some teams succeed (while many fail miserably)
If you still have some time on your hands, I’d love to hear your opinion on some of the concept-videos we made at Hubgets about how miscommunication or lack of collaboration can affect your productivity at work.
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