The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey

The Productivity Project



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After graduating, Chris Bailey decided to embark on a great adventure: a year completely dedicated to productivity, during which he planned to read as much material as possible on the subject, interview famous gurus to find out how they manage their days, and use himself as a guinea pig to experiment with a large number of methods aimed at increasing productivity. The Productivity Project is the culmination of this intense year of study, research, and experimentation. To be more productive, you must first learn to manage your attention and energy well, rather than solely focusing on time management.

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Analysis and key concepts


Becoming more productive takes a lot of effort, so you need strong motivation


It’s human nature to procrastinate: simply put, it’s the gap between intention and action, a kind of battle that happens in the mind when you have to do things you don't enjoy


We live in a knowledge economy, and it no longer makes much sense to talk about time management – it’s more a case of learning to manage energy and attention.


Lighten your workload, and dedicate energy and focus to a few, important activities


When you clear your mind and let it go, you can make new connections, feel more relaxed, and are more creative


Train the attention muscle by bringing awareness and focus into the present


Meditation and mindfulness make you more productive, because they teach you to work in a focused way


Food, water, exercise, and sleep - small changes in the short term can bring huge long-term benefits


If you want to be more productive, you need to be kind to yourself




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Many useful tips to:

  • Learn how to carve out more time in the day to do the things that are important to you.
  • Balance the three factors that make us more productive: time, energy, and attention.
  • Discover proven methods to help you achieve more by working with intention and focus.

Chris Bailey is a Canadian writer, expert, and productivity consultant. He is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, and has a productivity blog, called A Life of Productivity. Many important newspapers have talked about him and his research, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Fast Company. He has released two bestselling books, The Productivity Project and Hyperfocus. His 2019 TED talk, entitled How to Get Your Brain to Focus, has more than 9 million views.

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