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Working hard isn’t good enough, you need to work smart to reach your optimum level of productivity. This includes a couple of other factors like right time management and a clear vision of your goal.

Here are seven powerful TED talks to inspire you and give the right boost to your productivity:

1. The puzzle of motivation by Dan Pink

In this talk, Pink talks about the traditional reward system and how they’re not as effective as most managers think. According to him, worrying about making more money can affect your motivation levels. Instead, it’s more important for you to feel like you’ve mastered your job. That’s when you reach your productive best.

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2. The happy secret to better work by Shawn Achor

Achor talks about how happiness makes you better at work. Usually, most of us feel it’s the other way around— if you love your work, you tend to be happy. But according to Shawn, happiness is essential for us to work harder and become more successful.

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3. The power of time off by Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan is a New York based designer who follows the policy of taking time off work quite seriously. He shuts his store down for one year after every seven years to take a break. In this talk, he explains how breaks can help rejuvenate you and make you a better thinker.

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4. How to make work-life balance work by Nigel Marsh

Striking the perfect work-life balance is an essential part of our life. According to Marsh, having a great professional life doesn’t imply that you have a great personal life. He explains how we can make the most of our time and give equal importance to work and family.

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5. How to make stress your friend by Kelly McGonigal

In this talk, psychologist Kelly McGonigal talks about her research that shows that stress is not as bad as we think it is. It’s all about looking at stress in a different light — a more positive way that can make a difference.

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6. How to succeed? Get more sleep by Arianna Huffington

In this talk, Arianna Huffington speaks about the importance of a good night’s sleep in determining a woman’s productivity and eventually her success. Shutting and opening our eyes at the right time has a crucial impact on our decision-making abilities as well.

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7. Why work doesn’t happen at work by Jason Fried

Jason believes that working in a typical office setup doesn’t actually classify as working. According to him, there are a lot of distractions and disturbances around us, and unless we cut them out, we can’t be productive. In this talk, he gives ways of handling the chaos around us in a better way.

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