5 TED Talks for Daily Inspiration

5 TED Talks for Daily Inspiration
5 TED Talks for Daily Inspiration

What is a TED Talk?

One of my favorite self-improvement routines is listening to TED Talks in the background while I go about my day. Sometimes, if the talk is compelling enough, I’ll pause my daily tasks to sit and listen to the entire talk. I’ll even end up taking notes in my bullet journal or commonplace notebook, whichever is closer.  Luckily, the average video is under 20 minutes, so my day isn’t too derailed if I choose to do that. If you’re not familiar with TED Talks, here is the description from their About Page:

“TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.”

In other words, they are talks given by experts on a variety of topics, designed to be brief and inspiring. If you’re a fan of podcasts, you’ll love TED Talks.

Below you can find five of my favorite TED Talks to listen to whenever I need a boost of inspiration.

All of the YouTube videos posted below are the property of TED and are being used according to their usage policy found here. This does not indicate an endorsement of Simply Kelsey Jo by TED.

TED Talks on Creativity and Life

1.) Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Creative Genius

Transcripts can be found here.

This talk is a few years old but I still find myself rewatching the video whenever I’m feeling creatively blocked. I love what she has to say about creativity, genius, and inspiration. Her lesson about the history of the word genius is informative, hilarious, and uplifting.

2.) Anne Lamott: 12 Truths I’ve Learned from Life and Writing

This TED Talk goes back and forth between lessons learned as a writer and universal truths about life in general, all without taking itself too seriously. It’s both heartwarming and unexpectedly funny. The first truth on Anne Lamott’s list has an important disclaimer:

“All truth is a paradox, life is both a precious gift and so heartbreaking at the same time.” -Anne Lamott

3.) Marily Oppezzo: Want to be More Creative? Go for a Walk

If you ever have read about overcoming writer’s block, you probably have heard the advice, “Go for a walk.” This TED Talk takes the idea farther and gives scientific evidence about the benefits of walking. Marily Oppezzo gives five easy, actionable steps that you can use right away.

TED Talk on Time Management

4.) Laura Vanderkam: How to Gain Control of Your Free Time

I know many creative types who struggle with time management, especially when it comes to finding time for their passion projects. This video is also useful for those who need help prioritizing their day to day tasks in order to make the best use of their time. I especially love how Laura Vanderkam emphasizes how we all have the same amount of hours every week. This video is my go-to when I’m working on my bullet journal and feeling like there is too much scheduled in my bullet journal and also was the inspiration for why I make my weekly layouts on Fridays.

“Time is a choice.” -Laura Vanderkam

TED Talk on Frustration and Creativity

5.) Tim Harford: How Frustration Can Make Us More Creative

I purposely saved this video for last. If you’ve ever had a day where it seems like all of your plans are falling apart despite your best intentions, this TED Talk is for you. It’s all about embracing the mess and creating anyway. The first story that Tim Harford tells about the piano player alone makes this video worth listening to.

More Inspiring TED Talks

I hope you found some inspiration in these TED Talks. If so, you can find my personal playlist here on the Simply Kelsey Jo YouTube account, where I curate inspiring and informative videos. Subscribe here for updated content and eventually more videos from me on planning, journaling, creativity, and how those three things tie into self-care.

Do you have a favorite TED Talk? If so, please feel free to tell me about it or post a link in the comment section. I’m always on the hunt for more TED Talks to add to my playlist!

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5 TED Talks for Creative Inspiration
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20 Inspirational Quotes for Your Bujo + Free Printables

Inspirational Quotes for Your Planner
20 Inspirational Quotes for Your Bujo

Looking for inspirational quotes for your pages in your bujo or planner? I’ve rounded up 20 of my favorite quotes here.  I’ve also included four free printable journaling cards that you can use to decorate your pages with. I recommend printing on cardstock, or if you want to turn them into stickers, you could print on sticker paper.

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Inspirational Quotes

  1. “What lies behind us and what lies in front of us are tiny matters, compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. “A discovery is said to be an accident meeting a prepared mind.” -Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
  3. “You are allowed to be both a Masterpiece and a Work in Progress, simultaneously.” -Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. “Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power to it.” -Goethe
  5. “A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” -Paul Gardner

    Inspirational Quote
    “A painting is never finished – it simply stops in interesting places.” -Paul Gardner
  6. “One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” -André Gide
  7. “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” -Anaïs Nin
  8. “Follow your bliss and doors will open where there were no doors before.” -Joseph Campbell
  9. “Play is the highest form of research.” -Albert Einstein
  10. “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” -Oscar Wilde

    Inspirational Quote
    “With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?” -Oscar Wilde
  11. “The walls we build around ourselves to keep the sadness out also keeps out the joy.” -Jim Rohn
  12. “There are only three colors, ten digits, and seven notes. It’s what we do with them that’s important.” -John Rohn
  13. “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory.” -Friedrich Engels
  14. “Our stories are different, but our hearts are the same.” -Christina Feldman
  15. “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

    Inspirational Quotes
    “You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou
  16. “In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” -Robert Frost
  17. “No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anyone but oneself.” -Virginia Woolfe
  18. “Adventures don’t begin until you get into the forest. That’s the first step in an act of faith.” -Mickey Hart
  19. “My childhood may be over, but that doesn’t mean playtime is.” -Ron Olson
  20. “There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” -Willa Cather
Inspirational Quote
“There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” -Willa Cather

Bonus: Free Journaling Card Printables!

Inspirational Quotes
Testing out the journal cards in my bujo.

Click the link for your free journaling card printables: Journal Cards Printable

Here are my recommendations for cardstock and sticker paper to print your journal cards on.  If you’d like to round the corners of the cards like I did, I also included a link to the punch I used. If you purchase anything through my links, I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for supporting my work!

   

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