Episode 17: Chris Bailey - Hyperfocus: Manage Your Attention, Not Your Time!

Let’s face it, one of the biggest barriers to living life on your terms is a lack of time and having too many things to do.  If we could just get ourselves a bit more organised or productive, things would be better, right?

Well, productivity expert Chris Bailey believes that it is not about managing time, it is about managing your attention.  Social media and split focus are ruining the quality of our lives AND what we can accomplish.  In his new book, Hyperfocus, Chris looks at what mindfulness really means and how it can supercharge our productivity and our life.

Chris is just a warm, compassionate man who is super-knowledgeable and full of practical tips.  I also love that he is a bit of a productivity geek as well.

We talk about the neuroscience of productivity, meditation as a time management tool and the difference between getting stuff done vs accomplishing meaningful outcomes.

In this conversation, you'll learn:

  • Effective productivity is actually about managing your attention not managing your time

  • The first key to turning around overwhelm is looking at where you are stimulated or overstimulated

  • Is looking at Instagram or Twitter really meaningful to your life or is it just distraction?

  • How to check where your focus is on a consistent focus

  • Hyperfocus vs Scatterfocus

  • It is when our attention is at rest, that is when our mind is most creative

  • Productivity and the power of 3

  • Chris' super hack on the 3 Most Important Tasks productivity method

  • The power of setting intentions before each task we attend to

  • The difference between "how much have I done?" and "how much have I accomplished?"

  • There really is no such thing as multitasking...it's impossible

  • The real reason why multitasking actually kills your productivity

  • Productivity is the by-product of managing our attention..and managing our attention determines the quality of our lives

  • When was the last time you spent a day not looking at a screen?

  • And much much more!


Chris' website - A Life of Productivity

Chris' new book - Hyperfocus

Chris' TEDx Talk - A More Human Approach To Productivity

Chris' social links - TWITTER | LINKEDIN



Chris Bailey - Author of “Hyperfocus:

Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the international bestselling author of The Productivity Project, which has been published in eleven languages. His second book, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, comes out in September, and will be published in seven languages at launch. Chris writes about productivity at Alifeofproductivity.com, and speaks to organisations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.

To date, Chris has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, TED, Fortune, Fast Company, and Lifehacker. in a recent interview, the prestigious TED Talks organisation said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet". Recently, Fast Company called him a "productivity mastermind.”