From the author of The Productivity Project, a groundbreaking and practical guide to managing your attention—the most powerful resource you have to become more creative, get stuff done, and live a meaningful life.
Our attention has never been as overwhelmed as it is today. Many of us recognize that our brains struggle to multitask. Despite this, we feel compelled to fill each moment of our lives to the brim with essential tasks and mindless distraction. Hyperfocus provides profound insights into how you can best take charge of your attention to achieve a greater sense of purpose and productivity throughout the day.
The most recent neuroscientific research reveals that the brain has two powerful modes that can be unlocked when we use our attention effectively: a focused mode (hyperfocus), which is the foundation for being highly productive, and a creative mode (scatterfocus), which enables us to connect ideas in novel ways. Hyperfocus helps you access both mental modes so you can concentrate more deeply, think more clearly, and work and live more deliberately every day. Chris Bailey examines topics such as:
identifying and dealing with the four key types of distraction and interruption;
establishing a clear physical and mental environment in which to work;
controlling motivation and working fewer hours to become more productive;
taking time-outs with intention;
multitasking strategically; and
learning when to pay attention and when to let your mind wander wherever it wants to.
By transforming how you think about your attention, Hyperfocus reveals that the more effectively you learn to take charge of it, the better you’ll be able to manage every aspect of your life.
“Engaging…. Mr. Bailey teaches how to re-examine your tasks, determine your priorities and minimize interruptions.” —The New York Times
“Chris Bailey’s book is a fascinating guide to managing our attention. He describes a methodology that will help us both focus and create more effectively. His book is not just theory, but a wonderful toolbox full of practical and detailed best practices. I can’t wait to give these ideas a try.”—Kai-Fu Lee, founder of Google China, chairman and CEO of Sinovation Ventures
Chris Bailey is a productivity author, speaker, and consultant based in Ottawa. He addresses the tactical ways we can accomplish more every day, and is the author of the much-heralded Productivity Project, translated and published in more than 60 countries. His blog is alifeofproductivity.com.