Last week I watched 70 hours of TED talks. Here’s everything I learned!

by | Oct 3, 2013 | Productivity Experiments

Last week I watched as many TED talks as humanly possible (296, in my case), to explore the effects of overloading my mind with information while trying to learn as much as possible, and to see how things like meditation, taking breaks, and caffeine affect how much information I can retain.

If you’re uninitiated, TED talks are short, typically 18-minute talks given by leaders in the fields of Technology, Entertainment, and Design, which are then posted online at

Below is everything I learned from this experiment, as well as everything I learned from the talks themselves. I broke what I learned down into five articles to make things easier to digest, and made them into lists to save you some time. My favorite articles are at the top. Enjoy!




10 things I learned about productivity watching 70 hours of TED talks last week


The 7 characteristics of highly effective people who give TED talks


How to get as much energy out of caffeine as possible


10 incredible TED talks that will make you more productive


Written by Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity and is the author of three books: How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. His books have been published in more than 40 languages. Chris writes about productivity on this site and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.

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