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Must listen: 4 great Ted Talks on work-life balance

Oh, hello Monday! Can’t believe how quickly weekends pass by… And I’m probably not the only one. More and more people are aware of the fact that their personal and professional lives have become more difficult. Longer working hours, more pressure to succeed and less personal time.

It’s amazing to have weekends and some spare time to look forward to but it’s also important to look beyond these days. Ever heard of work-life balance? A work-life balance is something we are taught to want in life, however, what it looks like in reality and how to achieve it remains a mystery to many of us. And the definition of work-life balance differs from person to person.

In today’s blogpost, I highlight four inspiring Ted Talks about work-life balance so you can create your own definition of it or discover new ways of thinking. Be ready to get inspired!

The happy secret to better work

Shawn Achor, CEO of Good Think Inc., shares what he believes is the secret to success in any area of our lives. In his engaging and humorous talk, rooted in positive psychology, Anchor showcases the importance of how the brain processes the world.

He focuses on whether we should work harder to be happy, or vice versa, and offers the idea that happiness is key to boosting productivity.

How to make work-life balance work

As an author and marketer, Nigel Marsh believes that it’s up to you to balance your own life, not your employer. “If you don’t design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance,” he says. But the important thing he stresses is that you only need to take small steps to see a big change.

Marsh lays out a balanced day between family time, personal time and productivity, and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen.

How to gain control of your free time

Think there isn’t enough time to fit everything in? Laura Vanderkam, a time management expert, talks about how to make the most of the 168 hours in each week by offering practical strategies to help you gauge your commitments while finding time for yourself.

Through her studies, Vanderkam realized time is highly elastic, and while we can’t make more time, we can accommodate priorities in the time we have. She shares practical strategies to “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.”

4 Lessons the pandemic taught us about work, life and balance

The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work for good. Can it also change it for the better? Consultant Patty McCord reviews four key insights employers and employees alike gleaned from their shift to working from home.

McCord also shares how companies can use what they learned in lockdown to creatively and innovatively rethink how we do business. “What if we don’t go back? What if we go forward and rethink the way we work?”

Can’t get enough of Ted Talks or want to discover new ways of thinking on a daily basis? I highly recommend the Ted Talks Daily podcast on Spotify! I try to listen to a Ted Talk every morning, because it makes me feel empowered or motivated for a brand new day.

What’s your favourite podcast or Ted Talk? Make sure to leave a comment!

Lots of love,
Sofie ♡

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