Start Your New Year off Right: The Ted Talks You Need to See Before 2020

Another year down and not a lot to show for it. Whether you’re already committed to your self-improvement or you’ve been turning a blind eye – the start of a new year is a great time to commit to developing those personality traits you’d much rather ignore. But don’t worry; we’ve done the hard work for you. Find below our favorite inspiring TED Talks that make us feel personally attacked.

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Whether it’s exercise, procrastination or caring about the wrong things, we think that everyone needs a boost in inspiration for their New Years’ resolutions. And whatever you have planned to make 2020 your year, just make sure you don’t sleep on these inspiring short talks – all under 15 minutes – that’ll get you in the right mindset.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***

Yes, New York Times bestselling author and “anti-guru” Sarah Knight named her book ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***.’ While she knows how to get people’s attention, her talk is so much more than an eye-grabbing title. She breaks down, simply and straightforwardly, “How to stop spending time you don’t have with people you don’t like, doing things you don’t want to do.”

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Her “NotSorry” method is there for you to quickly navigate how much something should weigh on your mind. As she puts it, if you truly care about something and it annoys you, stop giving a “F***” about it “posthaste.” And don’t forget the “F*** Budget,” aka what you spend your finite amount of attention on. Not everything deserves to be cared about the same amount, if at all.

Inside the Mind of a Master Procrastinator

Tim Urban gives everyone a gentle but necessary shove in the right direction with his humorous Ted Talk on procrastination. Don’t worry, it’s less than 14 minutes long and provides great insight into our ability to put things off. He takes us on his journey of never quite getting round to that thing he really wants to be done.

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Tim has always struggled to get things done in good time, but now he recognizes that this mindset doesn’t only affect a few unfortunate people. “We need to think about what we’re really procrastinating on because everyone is procrastinating on something in life.” Watching this talk will remind you that you don’t have an awful lot of time left to keep delaying on your goals.

The Brain-Changing Benefits of Exercise

Every time the New Year rolls around we give ourselves new health and fitness goals, usually to no avail. Perhaps listening to neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki talk about how you can improve your mood and memory will help get you started. A few minutes is just enough time to realize you can’t afford to be skipping out on your exercise regime.

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This is the sign you needed that today is the right day to get back on your fitness game. Using her “deep understanding of neuroscience,” Wendy breaks down why “exercise is the most transformative thing that you can do for your brain today.” Don’t compare your body to others in a bid to get motivated – understand that “simply moving your body has immediate, long-lasting, and protective benefits for your brain,” and therefore your future.