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The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy Paperback – August 29, 2017
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— 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
- Publisher : Currency; Reprint edition (August 29, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 304 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1101904054
- ISBN-13 : 978-1101904053
- Item Weight : 6.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.63 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
- 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.
The only downside is that I felt that there are more things that could be said on certain topics, for example sleep and diet, but that's nothing some extra research on your part can't fix.
The exercises at the end of every chapter are pretty easy and straightforward, although at times a bit tedious, will all allow you to up your productivity and understand a little bit more about yourself in the process. Not all of them will work for you, but if you make the effort to try them out and consequently integrate into your lifestyle the ones that work really well, your procrastination will subside and your productivity will skyrocket.
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.
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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Ultimately, This book is unique as it incorporates discussion of different productivity techniques and also draws heavily upon Bailey's "Year of Productivity " Project in which he conducted several experiment such as :- Using his smartphone for 1 hour a day, bingeing on Netflix for a week , meditating for 35 hours a week etc to see if these actions had a positive or negative affect on his productivity.
-Challenges at the end of the chapters were easy and accessible but meant the reader had to have a hard think about their life
-I have to mention the part about importance of energy again as i feel it was really important and the depth made the book rather unique for me
-Made me think about my "Attention Muscle" and how out of shape it is
Cons: I couldn't find any - As i said i literally just found this book by listening to a podcast that Bailey done shortly before the book came out and figured hey its new year i'll give it a go and it was fantastic !
I was somehow not comfortable with Author's writing style which was mostly what he did as a project, while the challenges for the reader comes at the end of each chapter, it is too late after so many repetitive concepts. The whole book could have been cut in half without loss of materials.
Also, a lot of advice here is not practical for people in a developing country such as India, such as hiring a virtual assistant or declining low-value meetings, but it is understandable when we realize that this is a book written for Americans, not for international readers.
Definitely some great takeaways here, but they could have very well put in a long article, rather than a whole book.
If you have plenty of time, by all means, read it, but if you want to learn more about the concepts and implement them, go for "Getting Things Done", "The way we are working is not working", "The 7 habits of highly effective people".