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Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

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Canada's productivity expert returns with a totally fresh angle on how to do more with less.

Throughout his experiments and research, Chris Bailey came across many little-known insights into how we focus (a key element of productivity), including the surprising idea that focus isn't so much a state of heightened awareness (as we'd assume), but a balance between two fram
Hardcover, First Canadian Edition, 256 pages
Published August 28th 2018 by Random House Canada
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Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read with easy-to-implement strategies for setting yourself up for success on getting things done. I've started scheduling hyperfocus sessions into my week and prioritized items on my to-do list and feel much more on top of my workload! Here are my main takeaways:

1) Be aware of potential distractions – your brain is designed to pay attention to novel stimuli.
- Make a list of your distractions. Eliminate them to the best of your ability. (Remove notifications on your phone,
Daniel Rodic
This book introduces two important concepts of “Hyperfocus” (focusing on one thing with no distractions) and “Scatterfocus” (deliberately letting your mind roam free)

Focus matters because in todays world the competition for your attention is fierce.

Focus allows you to utilize your most valuable currency — your attention — in the ways you see fit, oppose to letting external forces dictate where you spend it.

Simple tactics to focus better include:
* Put your phone (and anything else) that could co
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like to read one of these books every now and again. This one helped me have a few really productive days and if I can remember the insights, hopefully I can have a few more until it's time to read another one of these. The basics are clear: you have to purposefully turn off distractions--emails, notifications of all kids, social media, etc. You have to sleep and you have to give yourself some time to just make connections in your free time instead of fighting boredom. The book was short and h ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey caught my attention because it spoke to me a student with ADHD. I now wish I left the book at the store. Let me tell you why...

The book is based on a bunch of researches. Most of them aren't explained properly and are just statistics out of context. The actual research is never explained and the headlines of the researches are used as anecdotes. The write up between them is horrible.

Bailey constantly showboats his ability to write a lot of words in small periods of ti
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Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
At first, I didn’t think much of the book, but now having read this far, currently I’m on p.77 I can honestly say that the book is certainly adding to me and challenging me to get better in my productivity and taming my distractions. I have always hoped to get some practical pieces of advice on how to improve and this book meets this need, and how timely.

I’m reading this because I obviously need it and every bit of reminder I can get my hands on ;). If I focus deeply on just one important thing
Izzy Myers
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My life will forever be split into "before Hyperfocus" and "after Hyperfocus". And I'm optimistic that the "after Hyperfocus" part will be infinitely more focused and creative than the “before” part was, thanks to this book. I felt like on every page, the author was speaking directly to me. All of the examples were incredibly relatable, and all of the solutions Bailey presented seemed intuitive and something I not only could do, but absolutely needed and wanted to do. I can already feel myself b ...more
Michael Perera-Collins
Mar 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
If you've read any book about being more successful in your career or packing more work into your day, you've already read this book. The gist: focus on one goal, and learn to do that one thing very, very well. ...more
David Manley
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Manage your sources of distraction. Meditate. Be deliberate in how you use your mental energy. Etc. Some good tips in there actually but nothing earth shattering. Maybe I'll report back after I've seen the results. ...more
Dylan Groves
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
he describes his process as ordering 10-15 books on a topic and reading a lot of academic articles, and that is exactly how the book comes across.
Sonia Jarmula
Dec 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This past year of grad school was my own personal hell, and in the intensely toxic culture of academia I internalized a lot of really horrible beliefs about productivity which resulted in a truly awful period of burnout once I finished. I am still unlearning a lot of things, and I wish I had read this book a lot sooner. It made me feel a lot more forgiving towards myself when I was feeling burnout, especially in how I was struggling to focus on things. This book clarified a lot that I had been t ...more
Rakshith Kunchum
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
I would give it more stars if I could!
This is book is extremely good in understanding your brain and hacking your way into improving its productivity. The author is more scientific in his approach and less like a motivational speaker! This makes the book even more interesting and engaging.
I have pages of notes made from this is book and I wish to follow these to the dot and confirm all the productivity claims made by the author.
More importantly the book presents better practical ways to recover
Jacobo Carballada
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
The book could be summarized in 20 pages, but the guy repeats over and over the same ideas.
You get a couple of good tips, it is the first book I read about this topic so for me it was interesting but the style of the author repeating himself it is tiring.
Nopadol Rompho
I love the concept of this book. It helps me improve my focus. But for some reasons, I found that it is hard to focus when I read this book. Don't know why, perhaps I should apply knowledge obtained from this book while I was reading it. ...more
James Beach
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Can't get over how practical this book is. I had a vague sense of how distracted I am all the time - but Chris made me painfully aware of just how much attention I'm wasting every day. And then outlined exactly how I can better manage my attention. Everyone needs to read this book! ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
✍️A book to build focus and focus habits, how we can focus more on tasks we do in our daily life.
But not every task we do needs hyper focus, some are essential tasks and some are not, so the hyper focus is for the few and essential tasks we do in daily life.
I like how author has explaind things briefly and in sections, tips to devide our tasks into 4 categories.
1. ( productive ) Necessary work
2. ( productive ) Purposefull work
3. ( unproductive ) Unnecessary work
4. ( unproducitve ) Distracting wo
Tõnu Vahtra
Nov 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meta awareness - the new word that I discovered from this book and already added to my vocabulary for the confusion of several people. Chris Bailey is aggregating and reviewing productivity methods and tools (also in his book The Productivity Project). Since I have been reading high number of books on productivity and focus myself then it's difficult to find something completely new and novel but the book definitely acts as a focus-check for your daily unconscious productivity/focus inhibitors a ...more
Ivy Samuel
May 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a book and half. I hated every word. It's a popular book, so maybe it's because I hate being lectured and told what to do. This was six and half hours of torture. The author droning on and on in a throwback to my mother during my teenage years. Pay attention, don't waste your time, even your leisure time can be useful, do something productive... The reading is horrible. He "acts" through each sentence. So "spending time doing something productive will make you happy" (upbeat with a laug ...more
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this was a really good guide to achieving focus and improving concentration. Some of the tips I has recently started doing before I read this book so it was nice to see that I was in agreement with this book. I definitely found some interesting tidbits in there and it's a book I could see myself returning to for advice in the future. ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
In my ongoing quest to become a more productive and disciplined human being, I recently picked up Chris Bailey’s book, “Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction”. Like most people, I occasionally struggle with focusing on an important task and more than once have found myself at the end of the day having not checked off a single item on my to do list. In his book, Bailey provides some useful insights to help people like you and me free ourselves from distractions and impro ...more
Dec 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's a good book. I listened to its audiobook and Chris has narrated it really well. It was engaging, helpful and interesting. Highly recommend it. ...more
Manal Omar
An overall helpful and eye-opening read. Good insights and interesting experiments and studies. I liked the concepts it presented.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Some great tips on how to effectively focus, and surprising advice on letting your mind wander. Could’ve been a bit shorter, but has some great tips and lessons to keep with you.
Feb 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great book you must read. It explains how we loose focus all the time and how much time we waste by getting distracted – it is an awful lot of time. The book shows you ways to keep focused and get a lot more done in a time slot. Even better, it explains you how you can distract yourself on purpose. What sounds stupid is necessary to boost your creativity and to come up with new ideas. We need both modes of our brain and with the exercises in this book we can get a lot more done.
Bailey did not disappoint me, as I expected. Apart from the many interesting findings and statistics he includes in the book to support his ideas and personal experiments with productivity (kudos on that!), I greatly appreciated the sections that explain the benefits of meditation for increasing focus and the suggestion to divide your work into the intentional-unintentional-purposeful-distracting diagram, which could greatly improve the way we look at tasks and prioritize them. There are, of cou ...more
Sep 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Hyperfocus assembles all of the latest and longstanding insights about how our brain can use focused attention and open awareness to solve problems and invent new possibilities. We've long been riding modern tools on a path that diverges from our evolutionary roots. Email and cell phones have accelerated that divergence substantially. Throughout this book, Bailey leverages a simple model about our mindshare to illustrate the benefits of using hyperfocus and "scatterfocus" to be intentional and c ...more
Pat Camalliere
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Heard the author on the radio and the book sounded like something helpful for a household that has two aging people, one who had a recent stroke. I found the book interesting but not life-changing. It seems my habits have developed over the years to have discovered almost all the tactics that are recommended, many of which I do and others I believe I should do. The book was of value to me nonetheless because it validated my habits and routines, and it explained why they work in a way I hadn’t ta ...more
Alex Fürstenau
Jun 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I like his reading style and I like his attitude (check out his Podcast, it's interesting and funny and you get to know his fiancé).

Back to the book:
It's basically divided in two parts. The first is about Hyperfocus (hence the title) and the second part is about scatterfocus (the counterpart if you will). I didn't find too many new things in the first part but it was absolutely worth reading the second part (and experimenting with his ideas).
Fabricio Rigotto
Very good reading on a tired subject

I am an executive with more than 20 years of experience. I often find this kind of book inaccurate or simply boring. This one is neither! I am enjoying increased productivity and meaningful life just by implementing a few tips. Read this!!!
Max Hristov
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very charming and easy to read, extremely useful, so much so that I re-read it. Really realistic with expectations and highly relatable- hard to see how anyone can read it and not take away a thing or two
May 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was fine if you've never read anything else about productivity, but there aren't any particularly novel ideas. He really reiterated the points that didn't need quite that much repetition. ...more
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Chris Bailey is a productivity expert, and the international bestselling author of The Productivity Project, which has been published in eleven languages. His much-anticipated second book, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, comes out in September. Chris writes about productivity at, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can b ...more

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