Chris Bailey (@chris_bailey) is a productivity expert, host of the Becoming Better Podcast, and the bestselling author of two books about productivity: Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. In the time it’s taken you to read this, he’s probably written another.
What We Discuss with Chris Bailey:
- The neurochemical reason our brains switch focus every 40 seconds (or less) and what we can do to recapture this hit to our overall productivity.
- Why giving yourself the time to unfocus productively with what Chris calls scatterfocus is as crucial to your progress as hyperfocus.
- How Chris harnesses scatterfocus to mull over and solve complicated problems without distraction.
- What Chris learned by deliberately allowing himself to enter a state of boredom for an hour a day for an entire month (and how he did so creatively).
- What the attention overload gap is, the problems it can cause, and why we’re more susceptible to it than we probably suspect.
- And much more…
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If you feel like you can only work for an average of 40 seconds before becoming distracted, you’re just like the rest of us. In fact, 40 percent of everything we do every single day is on autopilot, and we can’t just blame our mobile phones and social media for the distraction — it’s ultimately our habits that keep us from being at our best and most productive.
On this episode we talk to Chris Bailey, host of the Becoming Better Podcast and author of Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project, about the attention-overload gap that makes multitasking an illusion for most of us, what it takes to turn mere mindfulness into practical productivity, and the problem-solving power of scatterfocus (known to most by its close cousin “boredom”). Listen, learn, and enjoy!
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Resources from This Episode:
- Hyperfocus: How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey
- The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey
- Becoming Better Podcast
- Chris Bailey’s Website
- Chris Bailey at Twitter
- Neurotics Can’t Focus: An In Situ Study of Online Multitasking in the Workplace, Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
- Understanding the Default Mode Network, Verywell Health
- Creative Routines, Info We Trust
- Aqua Notes Waterproof Notepads
- Five Fascinating Things I Discovered by Making Myself Bored for a Month by Chris Bailey, A Life of Productivity
- What Is Working Memory Capacity, and How Can We Measure It? Frontiers in Psychology
- Mind’s Limit Found: Four Things at Once, LiveScience
- Multitasking: Switching Costs, American Psychological Association
- Guide: Everything You Need to Start Meditating by Chris Bailey, A Life of Productivity
- The “Jobs to be Done” Theory of Innovation by Clayton Christensen, Harvard Business Review
- History Will Not Be Kind to Jony Ive, Vice
- Stop Multitasking! It’s Distracting Me (And You), NPR