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The Productivity Project Audiobook

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

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Publisher's Summary

A fresh, personal, and entertaining exploration of a topic that concerns all of us: how to be more productive at work and in every facet of our lives.

Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream - to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world's foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen. Among the experiments that he tackled: Bailey went several weeks with getting by on little to no sleep; he cut out caffeine and sugar; he lived in total isolation for 10 days; he used his smartphone for just an hour a day for three months; he gained ten pounds of muscle mass; he stretched his work week to 90 hours; a late riser, he got up at 5:30 every morning for three months - all the while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work.

The Productivity Project - and the lessons Chris learned - are the result of that year-long journey. Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey will teach you:

  • Slowing down to work more deliberately;
  • shrinking or eliminating the unimportant;
  • the rule of three;
  • striving for imperfection;
  • scheduling less time for important tasks;
  • the 20 second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions;
  • and the concept of productive procrastination.

In an eye-opening and thoroughly engaging listen, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more.

©2016 Chris Bailey (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Bob W.. 02-26-16
    Bob W.. 02-26-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Book on Personal Productivity"

    Really enjoyed this audio book but it is not without a downside - I hope to properly convey my feelings.

    I love the youthful exuberance that the author has. His passion and energy will inspire all who listen. I also enjoy that the author took this on almost as a science project. Although many of his experiments produced subjective data, he does back up with real science where he can.

    There are so many takeaways and personal experiments, and that's what leads into the downside of this audio book. This is not a book you can just "zone out to" on your commute to work. I started off with pen and paper and then tried using the bookmark feature on Audible and ultimately just said that I'm going to have to relisten or buy the book. A pdf with the authors challenges and other key points would be nice; however, it does not warrant a lower rating on the book.

    31 of 33 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the Top Productivity Books on Audible"
    What did you love best about The Productivity Project?

    I have listened to / read many books on productivity. There are many fresh ideas and methods in this book. Listened to Audible and have bought the hard copy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Out of the box, applicable, tips.


    Any additional comments?

    Went beyond my expectations.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Hando 03-04-16
    Ben Hando 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Gets better as you go"

    As a fan of Chris's blog, I have been eagerly anticipating this book for a while. It doesn't present anything groundbreaking. Consumers of productivity books will be familiar with much of what Chris says. But there is power and wisdom in Chris's synthesis of content. By the end he has provided you with a fresh new take on productivity by distilling the techniques and strategies that actually work. I'm going to listen to it again!

    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Alaska 05-06-16
    Elizabeth Alaska 05-06-16 Member Since 2012

    Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

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    "Informative, Positive, Realistic and Fun. At last!"

    Really, truly enjoyed this book! Fun reading by the author. I bought the physical book to make notes.
    Practical advice, and quite realistic to anyone's lifestyle. I appreciate that he advocates for embracing one's natural life rhythms (i.e., if you really hate waking up at 5am, don't do it), as well as making as many lists as you want.
    Nice structure of chapter info followed by tasks.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    A. Yoshida 07-21-16
    A. Yoshida 07-21-16
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    "Summary of Productivity Methods"

    The book highlights the key points of popular productivity methods, such as work on your top 3 things (select 3 things for year, month, week, and day), logging your energy level (give up sugar, caffeine, and alcohol and try to naturally wake up... yikes), checking your email only once or twice a day instead of 50 times (another yikes), and stop multitasking. While the concepts are simple and the author goes through them quickly, you should practice the method for a week or more to see if it increases your productivity before discarding it and trying another method from the book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Louis DeLalio New York, USA 02-23-16
    Louis DeLalio New York, USA 02-23-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Long winded"

    There are good ideas in here, but one has to wade through so much excess verbiage to get to it. The chapter on time management is cluttered up, and take a nap, buy a history of the way we perceive time from farming to where we are now. Why do we have to sit through this? Can't we just get to the point? And the authors attempted humor with jokes about crack pipes and cocaine simply aren't funny. I can't really recommend this – very very hard to get through even half of it

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    Kristofer Jarl Sweden 04-13-16
    Kristofer Jarl Sweden 04-13-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Good content, lacking performance"

    Chris' hasty in-breath before every sentence almost had me quit at some point, but the content is interesting so I kept at it. I'd say it's worth it.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    "Life changing!"

    I wish I could personally thank Chris Bailey for this magnificent book! It taught me to use my time well, by being intentional about my priorities and by maximizing my attention and energy. I thought I had ADD before reading this book. It turns out, I had been setting myself up to fail by squandering my attention by falling into distractions. Once less tempted by distraction, I had more attention! I could go on for longer, but I'll wrap up. Read this book!!!!!

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    Zach 01-17-16
    Zach 01-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "This is the book you are looking for"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Quick Summary:
    I actually started reading this book before getting it on Audible. I was enjoying it so much I had to get it on audio so I could listen to it on the go!

    If you are going to choose only one book to improve your productivity pick this one. It implements brand new advice along with tactics from other famous productivity experts. It is a easily digestible and Chris has given you physical actions you can actually take to implement the tactics in each chapter. It is hands down the best productivity resource I have read. The author is to be applauded for his use of scientific evidence along with his anecdotal evidence. As he presents the advice he also tells you his own journey through his experiments which helps make the advice be practical and relatable. I truly believe if you use even just a fraction of the advice in this book, you will not only become more productive, you will become a happier and healthier person.

    Longer Summary:
    If you have been itching to improve not only your productivity but your life listen to this.

    If you have been reading productivity tactics for years, still listen to this book.

    Chris Bailey has written what may be the most useful and actionable book about productivity to date.

    The author has spent a great deal of time sorting through the mass amount of productivity hacks, systems and advice. He then distilled the most useful information into this book. He also takes his very unique experiment and tells you actual ways you can improve your productivity.

    What I find most amazing in this book is how Chris has taken both age old and brand new advice, and made it easily accessible and actionable. He has included actual physical actions you can take to implement these tactics. Some of these tactics may seem like coming sense but as the author points out “common sense isn’t always common action”

    Chris has now written what may become the go to source for productivity advice. Whether you have listened to every productivity book under the sun or are just looking for a way to perhaps gain some extra time during the day, pick up this book. I promise you won’t be disappointed.


    What does Chris Bailey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I always love when the author reads their own book. You feel like you are having a conversation with him. You can hear the enthusiasm in his voice when he talks about things that are fun and he is honest when a task might not be as fun but is still important.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Becoming more awesome one task at a time.


    17 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 04-19-16
    Kevin 04-19-16 Member Since 2016
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    "First book that sold me to Audible subscription"

    (I recently discovered that I preferred learning while listen to books rather than reading them as my eyes get tired, this being the first book I chose as my first gave me the satisfaction I expected.)

    The narrator spoke the message eloquently with the right energy and the content shakes the comfort zones. If you're asking how to be more productive or are frustrated with your ability to produce results, this book is for you!

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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