Watch one (or, if you have time, all!) of these quick TED Talks during your Friday afternoon break, and you're sure to start your weekend off right.
1. Nigel Marsh: How to Make Work-Life Balance Work
It may be Friday, but if you're anticipating a weekend that closely resembles your workweek, you'll want to give Nigel Marsh's talk a listen.
During his presentation, he maps out a week that provides adequate balance between work time, personal time, and family time.
So give him your attention for just a few minutes, and maybe you won't spend your entire weekend compulsively checking your inbox.
Standout quote: "If you don't design your life, someone else will design it for you, and you may just not like their idea of balance."
2. Andy Puddicombe: All It Takes Is 10 Mindful Minutes
We all lead busy lives. And by the time Friday rolls around, you're probably feeling the full effects of your crazy workweek.
Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe will encourage you to take just 10 minutes to do absolutely nothing--that's right, nothing at all.
By taking that break to focus on the present moment, Puddicombe asserts, you'll have the opportunity to step back and see things in a new light. Sounds like just what you need to head into the weekend and recharge your batteries, right?
Standout quote: "I think the present moment is so underrated. It sounds so ordinary, and yet we spend so little time in the present moment that it's anything but ordinary."
3. David Steindl-Rast: Want to Be Happy? Be Grateful
It's far too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, which means you forget to stop and smell the roses--you don't take time to appreciate the little things.
In his talk, David Steindl-Rast, a Benedictine monk, will challenge you to slow down and be grateful for all that you have.
He offers an inspiring lesson on gratitude being the root of happiness--which is an important thing to remember as you head into your weekend.
Standout quote: "If you think it's happiness that makes you grateful, think again. It's gratefulness that makes you happy."
4. Laura Vanderkam: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time
There are never enough hours in the day--and never is that more true than on Friday, when you're feeling the pressure of all of those pending items that are still on your to-do list.
If you're tired of all of the productivity and time management hacks you've heard a million times before, time management expert Laura Vanderkam offers a refreshing perspective in her talk.
According to Vanderkam, time is elastic--meaning, while we can't manufacture more if it, it'll accommodate what we choose to put in it. Watch her presentation and prepare for a unique take on time management that you can take with you into your busy weekend.
Standout quote: "We don't build the lives we want by saving time. We build the lives we want, and then time saves itself."
5. Keith Barry: Brain Magic
All right, it's been a long week, and you're just looking for something interesting to watch while you enjoy your Friday lunch break.
Keith Barry's presentation should do the trick. Throughout his talk, he'll wow you with the "brain magic" he's able to accomplish--including plenty of examples that use audience members.
I'm willing to bet you'll follow along for his very first trick, and be hooked from there. His interesting and engaging presentation is just what you need to power through the rest of your Friday.
Standout quote: "I'm going to show you all how easy it is to manipulate the human mind once you know how."
You finally made it to the end of the workweek, and you're entitled to a little break. Take a breather and watch one of these TED Talks, and you'll head into the weekend with a renewed focus and a brand new perspective.