The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey (177)

This is a book about how to accomplish more by managing your time, attention and energy. It is a book for all of us because of the quick-paced world that we live in.

This is a topic that concerns all of us. It is about how to be more productive at work and in every facet of our lives.

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers in order to pursue a lifelong dream. He wanted to spend a year performing a deep-dive experiment in the pursuit of productivity. This is a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager.

After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a yearlong series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself where he continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s famous experts such as Charles Duhigg and David Allen.

Among the experiments that he tried out, Bailey went several weeks on getting very little to no sleep. He also cut out caffeine and sugar, lived in total isolation for ten days, used his smart phone for just an hour a day for three months, gained ten pounds in muscle mass, stretched his workweek to ninety hours, and woke up early despite the fact that he was a late riser. All the while he monitored the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work.

This book is the result of that yearlong journey. Here are a few principles that he learned during that yearlong journey.

  • Slowing down will make you work more deliberately.
  • Eliminating the unimportant is very important to be more efficient and productive.
  • The rule of three
  • You should strive for imperfection
  • You can schedule less time to work so that you work on the most important tasks.
  • Using the 20 second rule to distract yourself from inevitable distractions.
  • learning the concept of productive procrastination.

This is a wonderful eye-opening and engaging read. I loved the book and will be instilling some of his practises into my everyday writing time at my desk.


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