The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 13 minutes|
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|Audible.com Release Date||January 05, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #6,081 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#25 in Time Management (Audible Books & Originals)
#53 in Time Management (Books)
#94 in Personal Time Management
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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 !
Every chapter assesses and describes activities that can improve productivity, however, the book isn’t a step by step guide to becoming productive. It is all the better for taking the holistic view of life and how life style has an impact on productivity.