Thea’s Top 2 Ted Talk for a Tuesday

Well earlier today I realised that it’s high time that I wrote another blog about some of the Ted Talks that I’ve been watching lately…I do love Ted Talks.

In general, I am constantly looking for inspiration on how to live a more (dare I say) balanced life. Mostly because it feels like I am always going 100mph. I find it difficult to “switch off”. Maybe I actually suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out).

Lately I’ve been busy leaving one role (at NSDesign) to embark on another (for myself),…I’ve research to do for a radio appearance (tomorrow, rather aptly, is about Outsourcing on Mac and Co on BBC Radio Scotland),…. or content to be written for that client’s website… media links to be posted for these other guys,…and don’t even  get me started on the business start-up tasks that I should be doing right now (instead of blogging)…Things like: Decide on a name, write the Business plan, open the bank account, write the curriculum that I’m teaching etc.

So that all being said, it’s a perfect time to be watching the videos I’ve just been watching as I made and ate my dinner.


The first one was in Australia – presented by author Nigel Marsh. (love his book titles like: Fat, Forty and Fired, Overworked and Underlaid – and Fit, Fifty…).

Nigel Marsh Ted Talk in Sydney AustraliaNigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work

July 30, 2013 · · Work-life balance, says Nigel Marsh, is too important to be left in the hands of your employer. Marsh lays out an ideal day balanced between family time, personal time and productivity — and offers some stirring encouragement to make it happen. (Filmed at TEDxSydney.) Nigel Marsh is the author of “Fat, Forty and Fired” and “Overworked and Underlaid.” Full bio » Open this article


After that talk finished, I typed in something like “work balance” and up came Carl Honore’s talk in England. It’s all about SLOWING DOWN. Something I need to do so enjoyed it too.

Carl Honore Ted Talk - in Praise of SlowCarl Honore: In praise of slowness

July 30, 2013 · · Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world’s emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there’s a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives. Journalist Carl Honore is best known for his advocacy of the Slow Movement. His book In Praise of Slowness dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their “inner tortoise.” Full bio » Open this article


Enough blogging – back to the research for tomorrow’s BBC segment on outsourcing, followed by more notes on the business plan. Maybe I should be outsourcing my business plan so I can get back to watching the piles of TV shows on Sky+?

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  1. “Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work” · July 30, 2013 ·
  2. “Carl Honore: In praise of slowness” · July 30, 2013 ·