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The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy Paperback – August 29, 2017
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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
From the Hardcover edition.
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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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- The author was pretty extensive in his experimentation with all of the productivity tips that are out there.
Cons: - The credibility of the author is that he was productive at...reading and writing about productivity. It's very circular logic. The book is about productivity, but I'm not sure what the author PRODUCED other than this book and blogs about productivity.
- The writing is sub par. It reads like a blog.
- Most of the tips I liked I had already learned from Deep Work by Cal Newport, which motivated them much better.
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 read it in between semesters during an accelerated nursing program because I felt like I had no time, and that I was unable to pursue vital things outside of school like relationships and even exercise. This current semester, post reading, has been night and day compared to the last, as I have been more effective with the use of my time. I feel less cluttered mentally and I am able to focus better on my current tasks.
There are no gimmicks and "shortcuts" offered in this book (although some of the techniques are easy to apply and have immediate results). Overall, his book is more about big picture ideas, but these ideas are the ones that will have an actual lasting impact on productivity. Lastly, while this book may seem tailored to the professional or student, I would recommend it to anyone, as the techniques that he provides to make you more productive can also make you happier.
I was put off by the little anti-"woo woo" comments. The woo woo didn't show up in my life until I was in my mid-30s, and it was as a RESULT of the same kind of exploration that Chris is doing (only focused on my consciousness, not my productivity). A true scientist wouldn't dismiss something out of hand like that.
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!
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