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Hyperfocus

Narrated by: Chris Bailey
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in demand as it is today; we've never been so busy while accomplishing so little, and we've grown uncomfortable with boredom and a lack of stimulation and distraction.

In Hyperfocus, Chris Bailey - described by TED.com as 'the most productive man you could ever hope to meet' - provides profound insights into how we can best manage our attention. He reveals how the brain switches between two mental modes - hyperfocus, our deep concentration mode, and scatterfocus, our creative, reflective mode - and how the surest path to being our most creative and efficient selves at work is to combine them both.

The often counterintuitive wisdom at play includes:

  • How working fewer hours increases our productivity
  • How drinking caffeine strategically instead of habitually gives us more energy
  • How we get more done by making our work harder, not easier
  • How we do our best creative work when we're the most tired 

Merging neuroscience, psychology and mindfulness, with practical takeaways for being more focused in our work and wider lives, Hyperfocus will help you think about and manage your attention on a daily basis.

©2018 Chris Bailey (P)2018 Penguin Random House LLC

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Same information recycled.

You have read all of this before if you have ever read a productivity book. Read 4 hour work week instead. More on offer.

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How to organize your thoughts and productivity

I am already implementing techniques like Eisenhower quadrant system and daily tasks/goals upon my foci.

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Easy to listen, full of great advice

Everyone would benefit from this book’s advice, but if you are a little ADHD or find it difficult to focus the advice is even more important.

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Not a mature work, definitely for young people

First up, genuinely interested in the version of this book he writes once he's had children. Clearly this man has a lot of spare time, which none of the real adults I know has.

This book is slow and patronising if you already participate in productivity literature.

Heard a lot of positive things about Chris Bailey, but while this book wasn't necessarily a waste of time, it was twice as long as it needed to be for me. Some of his advice is nice but belabours a point and he talks about himself and his environment and what is on his desk, what he's looking at etc, to the point where it actually makes me angry, it's comes across as narcissistic which is an aspect of this genre that is unattractive, and actually kind of contradictory. Definitely comes across as being an arrogant young person himself.

If he keeps over-using the word "dots" I'm taking away some stars. Also I'm shocked he's referred to 10K hours but not the actual thesis of Eric Anderson, the actual researcher behind the concept.

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Read, re-read and read again

This is such a great book. It provides so many insights into productivity and how you can be more productive. I am through my 2nd read and I am sure I will return for a 3rd and 4th time.

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great!

a really good ebook if you would like to not multitask and learn how to better improve your thoughts ideas and plans

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Productivity is key

I loved this book, it has helped me be more productive both at home, and at work.

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Well worth spending time on!

Loved this book. Explains some of the background wiring in our brains and how to best take advantage. Practical advice that can be easily implemented, thank you!!!

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Even my engineer husband liked this one...

As a leadership specialist married to an Engineer with honors - yep...that much an engineer, he often has fun with the books I listen to on my commutes, however he like the practical tips in this one. Appeals to a broad audience I suggest.

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  • 05-02-2019

Good advice

Mostly good sensible advice. It would be better if it referenced more research papers about the subject.

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  • A. James
  • 02-01-2019

Fantastic. Game Changer

Really good. Some Golden Nuggets in here. As always needs application in order to fully benefit

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  • Esther Nagle
  • 10-03-2019

very helpful and inspirational

really enjoyed this book. I was able to focus and listen attentively to it and learned lots that I am beginning to implement already

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  • WildMike
  • 25-10-2018

Now hear this!

Informative and inspiring. Given me a thirst for more on the subject of focus and concentration.

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  • Mr Michael Adams
  • 02-06-2019

Common sense sound advice

Brings a lot of clarity to the things that move us away from what we should be doing. Highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-2019

Eye opening

I kept laughing at the irony in listening to this, a book about focus that I found it hard to focus on. Highlighting all the traps you typically fall into even while listening. Good advice, jokes and anecdotes - its not boring. It would be beneficial to get a little more on how to achive scatter focus.

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  • AC
  • 21-05-2019

Some good tips, could have been shorter.

Lots of good tips and a great round up of research. Found it laboured many points.

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  • Nick
  • 30-03-2019

This is exactly what I was looking for

excellent book. great performance but the main strength is the balance between examples and evidence