I’ve been working on developing my TED habit for a while now, but setting goals of what to see each week hasn’t really worked for me. My goal was specifically see a TED talk each day, not 7 per week, which is what’s been happening.
So this week, I changed how I approached this goal. I’ve used Shawn Achor’s 20 second technique and made it as easy as possible for me to watch a TED talk each day. I’ve got the TED app on my tablet and each morning I’ve asked TED to surprise me. That way I don’t have to search for something to watch, TED does the thinking for me. When you choose this option on the website or app, you are asked to choose between a range of different themes and then choose how long you want to listen.
This week, I chose a range of themes, all for under 5 minutes, and this is what I got:
Dave Byrne singing “nothing but flowers”
Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan
Rives: A story of mixed emoticons
Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC
Jake Wood: A new mission for veterans – disaster relief
Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbour life?
Vusi Mahlasela: “Woza”
Each of these talks were very different from what I would choose myself, so I’ve really enjoyed this experiment, and to be honest, I think this is they way forward for me.
Take care for now