The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

by Chris Bailey


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The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey

A fresh, personal, and entertaining exploration of a topic that concerns all of us: how to be more productive at work and in every facet of our lives.
Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen. Among the experiments that he tackled: Bailey went several weeks with getting by on little to no sleep; he cut out caffeine and sugar; he lived in total isolation for 10 days; he used his smartphone for just an hour a day for three months; he gained ten pounds of muscle mass; he stretched his work week to 90 hours; a late riser, he got up at 5:30 every morning for three months—all the while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work.
The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey. Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey will teach you:
·         slowing down to work more deliberately;
·         shrinking or eliminating the unimportant;
·         the rule of three;
·         striving for imperfection;
·         scheduling less time for important tasks;
·         the 20 second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions;
·         and the concept of productive procrastination.
In an eye-opening and thoroughly engaging read, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101904053
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/29/2017
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 82,794
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Chris Bailey, a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, wrote over 216,000 words on the subject of productivity on his blog,, during a year long productivity project where he conducted intensive research, as well as dozens of productivity experiments on himself to discover how to become as productive as possible. To date, he has written hundreds of articles on the subject, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York magazine, TED, Fast Company, and Lifehacker.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

A New Definition of Productivity 9

Part 1 Laying the Groundwork

1 Where to Start 19

2 Not All Tasks Are Created Equal 27

3 Three Daily Tasks 36

4 Ready for Prime Time 43

Part 2 Wasting Time

5 Cozying Up to Ugly Tasks 55

6 Meet Yourself … From the Future 69

7 Why the Internet Is Killing Your Productivity 76

Part 3 The End of Time Management

8 The Time Economy 87

9 Working Less 93

10 Energy Enlightenment 101

11 Cleaning House 109

Part 4 The Zen of Productivity

12 The Zen of Productivity 119

13 Shrinking the Unimportant 123

14 Removing the Unimportant 134

Part 5 Quiet Your Mind

15 Emptying Your Brain 147

16 Rising Up 160

17 Making Room 168

Part 6 The Attention Muscle

18 Becoming More Deliberate 179

19 Attention Hijackers 184

20 The Art of Doing One Thing 190

21 The Meditation Chapter 201

Part 7 Taking Productivity to the Next Level

22 Refueling 215

23 Drinking for Energy 225

24 The Exercise Pill 236

25 Sleeping Your Way to Productivity 245

Part 8 The Final Step

26 The Final Step 255

Afterword: One Year Later 271

Acknowledgments 273

Notes 275

Index 285

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