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”

[ted id=988]

Monika Bulaj: The hidden light of Afghanistan

[ted id=1301]

Rives: A story of mixed emoticons

[ted id=383]

Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC

[ted id=531]

Jake Wood: A new mission for veterans – disaster relief

[ted id=1608]

Carolyn Porco: Could a Saturn moon harbour life?

[ted id=551]

Vusi Mahlasela: “Woza”

[ted id=169]


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

Karen x