Book Review : The Productivity Project

Ma 26. april 2021 om 19:00 - 22:00

Online Event

In this event, you’ll learn

Why Chris failed to wake up at 5:30 AM and how you can avoid the same mistake
Which question will help you find the right motivation to optimize your productivity
Where procrastination comes from
How to make doing your taxes fun
Why a brain dump helps you conserve energy

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,, 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.


In “The Productivity Project… accomplishing more by managing your time, attention, and energy”, Chris Bailey documents his lessons from spending a year exploring theories & tactics and experimenting on how to improve productivity.

After graduation, Chris turned down two well-paying jobs to run experiments on himself like: meditating for 35 hours a week, working for 90 hours a week, waking up at 5:30 in the morning, going to the gym, and living in isolation for 10 days.

Key Insight
Productivity is in many ways similar to physical fitness or dieting.

Everybody wants to be more productive. But it’s REALLY hard. Because it involves habits that go against your fun- and excitement-seeking parts of the brain.

Similar to getting on a diet, today’s self has a strong incentive to cheat.

Sure, there are productivity hacks. These are equivalent to the latest diet fads. You’ll get some quick results but they’re only temporary.

The Big Idea
Productivity is all about how much you accomplish, and it’s determined by how you spend your time, attention, and energy.

The constant email checking, social media, and multi-tasking make you feel productive. When in fact you’re giving in to distractions.

When you procrastinate, you’re wasting your time. When you’re distracted, your attention gets divided too much. And when you don’t let your energy levels replenish, you get burned out and feel tired.




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