Chris Bailey's The Productivity Project is a trenchant and entertaining year-long examination on a topic that concerns just about everyone at some point in their lives: how to be more productive at work and in every facet of your life.
Chris Bailey has been fascinated with the subject of productivity since he was a teenager. While pursuing his business degree, he researched every paper and read every book available on the topic. After graduation, he embarked on a year-long project, interviewing many of the world's foremost productivity gurus, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen, while conducting a series of productivity experiments on himself, from getting by on little sleep, to waking up at 5:30 every morning for a month, from avoiding caffeine and sugar to working 90 hours a week, and monitoring the impact of each experiment on his ability to get things done. He created a blog about the project, and as people heard about the project, traffic grew exponentially and beyond his wildest hopes.
This book and the lessons and insights Chris discovered are the result of that year-long journey. Among the many counterintuitive insights Chris writes about in the book are removing or shrinking the unimportant; the rule of three; striving for imperfection; scheduling less time for important tasks; the 20-second rule to distract yourself from distractions, and the concept of productive procrastination. He offers over 30 best practices that will help every one of us accomplish more.
“If you are a life hacker, this book is a keeper.” —Forbes
“Chris Bailey has tackled the daunting task of personally experimenting with any and every technique you can imagine that could positively affect your productivity. His dedication to the project and his intelligent conclusions, combined with his candor and articulateness, make this a fun, interesting, and useful read!” —David Allen, author of Getting Things Done
“Chris Bailey might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet.” —TED Blog
“Here’s a book that promises, in the title, to pay for itself. And, the truth is, it will, in just a few days. And you’ll even enjoy the journey.” —Seth Godin, author of Linchpin
“Chris has written the ultimate guidebook for setting your life on fire. Read it, and you’ll not only get more done, you’ll feel better about it too.” —Laura Vanderkam, author of I Know How She Does It
“So often we get stuck just doing what we have always done, even if it’s not really working. This book helps you cut through all the productivity advice out there to find and test what really works for you.” —Shawn Achor, positive psychology researcher and New York Times bestselling author of The Happiness Advantage
“The Productivity Project is well-written, fun, practical and useful all at the same time. I loved this book. It’s practical Buddhism at its best!” —Marshall Goldsmith, bestselling author of Triggers, MOJO and What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
“Chris doesn’t just want you to be more productive. He wants you to live a better life. This book is a two-hour ticket to not only becoming more productive, but becoming genuinely happier.” —Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation
“[B]ecause of [Bailey’s] personal experiences, the book has a special appeal. . . . Although it’s about his personal odyssey, it’s really about you—and how you can accomplish more and be happier each day. . . . The year has started with a productivity bang, at least in books . . . All are excellent, but I would rate [The Productivity Project] the best if you had to read just one.” —The Globe and Mail
“My initial reaction was ‘A self-help book? Not for me.’ But it turns out, this book is for me—and you. . . . This funny read . . . will really get you thinking about how to make the most of your time and energy.” —Ottawa Magazine
“[E]very entrepreneur and professional I’ve met in business wants and needs to be more productive, but finding the approach that works for them can be elusive. I think you will find the techniques presented here well worth adding to your work ethic.” —Martin Zwilling, Forbes
About the Author:
A graduate of Carleton University, CHRIS BAILEY wrote over 216,000 words on the subject of productivity on his blog during his year-long experiment, creating over two-hundred articles. The author lives in Ottawa, ON.