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The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy Hardcover – January 5, 2016
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"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
About the Author
Chris Bailey, a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, wrote over 216,000 words on the subject of productivity on his blog, ayearofproductivity.com, during a year long productivity project where he conducted intensive research, as well as dozens of productivity experiments on himself to discover how to become as productive as possible. To date, he has written hundreds of articles on the subject, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, New York magazine, TED, Fast Company, and Lifehacker.
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For me, the biggest take aways were the Rule of 3 (in which you organize your life to have 3 things on your To-Do list), brain dumping (where you right down all the thoughts that you have at that moment and reference later), and the Collection Box (which is similar to the Brain Dump, except you jot thoughts as they come to you while you're working on a task). I use the "Collection Box" at work to focus more, and I find that it has helped bit by bit in exercising my attention muscle. I also made a note to turn off all notifications during work, so that I don't get distracted by the buzzing and pings on the lock screen.
I've only been practicing the techniques for a couple of weeks, so interested to see how this turns out over the year!
This book would be very useful as the a college course, because just reading it without following through on some of the suggestions will not make it very useful.
I definitely suggest highlighting the book and trying out many of the recommendations he suggests at the end of each chapter. I also recommend keeping a reflective journal about your productivity, and write about what's working and not working with your task management strategy. This book provides lots of different ways to think about your strategy, as well as experiments you could try to improve your productivity.
I've read a lot of books on productivity to this point, so I was expecting a lot of the same. But even though I knew a lot of the concepts Chris touches on beforehand, it was interesting to see how he came up with his productivity experiments, tested them out with himself, and the conclusions he drew from them. By reading how each concept applied, it gave each idea more teeth.
He also included a TON of great resources if you want to learn more about meditation, procrastination, or any of the other concepts he explores. Looking forward to going back to this book over the next year and applying more of the material.
Other than that, the book is stellar. Chris's personal account of his own productivity experiments are very engaging, and the book is chock full of great tips, especially the six things one can do when experiencing procrastination.