Like many of us who recently returned to our WFH corner after a spike in COVID-19 cases, you thought that the second time of remote working would be a breeze; after all, you’ve already mastered it once. You work hard, complete the tasks and think that you have everything under control. But after spending hours in the same place alone you start to realize that the pandemic didn’t just drive you out of the office—but also a little out of your mind!
If you find yourself getting easily distracted and forgetting the purpose in your work, don’t worry, as we’ve rounded up five inspiring TED Talks to help you bring back your work ethic no matter where you choose to work!
Grit, The Power of Passion and Perseverance By Angela Lee Duckworth
Why do some people succeed and others fail? Angela Lee Duckworth talks about Grit—passion and perseverance for long-term goals. From leaving her promising job in consulting to teaching seventh-grade math, she learns that the most successful students didn’t have the highest IQ but are the ones who work hard and long enough.
What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work? by Dan Ariely
The award-winning behavioral economist and author of “Predictably Irrational” talks about our hidden drives behind hard work. Through two interesting experiments, he illustrates that money and happiness aren’t what make us thrive in our jobs, but it’s the sense of purpose we get that pushes us to do our best each day.
The Happy Secret to Better Work By Shawn Achor
Would being successful make us happy? Psychologist Shawn Achor invites us to think about this equation backwards. In this very entertaining talk, he explains that we push the goal for success further as we achieve more success. Say, you got a good job so now you have to get an even better job. But if happiness comes after success then we’ll never get there. So by reversing the equation—starting from a happy and positive mindset—you’re training your brain to work more successfully.
Confessions of a Bad Exerciser By Christine Carter
You approached a new goal with strong motivation but at one point, the motivation is being used up—leaving you with frustration and disappointment. You know how it goes. Sociologist Christine Carter explains that motivation shows up and leaves but a habit will stay. Through her effective ‘better-than-nothing’ tip, we can easily form a new habit that will help us to achieve any goals in life.
3 Steps to Stop Remote Work Burnout By Morra Aarons-Mele
Has remote working thrown you off track with too much screen time and a wrecked work-life balance? Watch this video as podcast host Morra Aarons-Mele shares with us some useful and relevant tips for our #WFH culture. Drawing examples from our fellow introverts, you’ll learn how to protect your energy in the era of endless video calls.