Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

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A practical guide to managing your attention--the most powerful resource you have to get stuff done, become more creative, and live a meaningful life

Our attention has never been as overwhelmed as it is today. Many of us recognize that our brains struggle to multitask. Despite this, we feel compelled to do so anyway while we fill each moment of our lives to the brim with mindless distraction. Hyperfocus provides profound insights into how you can best take charge of your attention to achieve a greater sense of purpose and productivity throughout the day.

The most recent neuroscientific research reveals that our brain has two powerful modes that can be unlocked when we use our attention effectively: a focused mode (hyperfocus), which is the foundation for being highly productive, and a creative mode (scatterfocus), which enables us to connect ideas in novel ways. Hyperfocus helps you access each of the two mental modes so you can concentrate more deeply, think more clearly, and work and live more deliberately every day. Chris Bailey examines such topics such as:

* identifying and dealing with the four key types of distraction and interruption;
* establishing a clear physical and mental environment in which to work;
* controlling motivation and working fewer hours to become more productive;
* taking time-outs with intention;
* multitasking strategically; and
* learning when to pay attention and when to let your mind wander wherever it wants to.

By transforming how you think about your attention, Hyperfocus reveals that the more effectively you learn to take charge of it, the better you'll be able to manage every aspect of your life.
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About the author

Chris Bailey, ran 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, Harvard Business Review, TED, Fast Company, and Lifehacker.
The author of The Productivity Project, Chris lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
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Penguin
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Published on
Aug 28, 2018
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Pages
256
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ISBN
9780525522249
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Skills
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Success
Self-Help / Self-Management / Time Management
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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 read, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more.


From the Hardcover edition.
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Over 1 million copies sold

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Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited—"not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault." Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.

There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

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 read, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more.


From the Hardcover edition.
★ 引起全球超過250,000人感興趣的「生產力報告」,提供25個證實最有效提升讀書、工作,以及生活效率的方法!

★  TED、多位暢銷書作家聯合推薦!

 

克里斯.貝利被封為史上最有生產力的人,利用整整一年的時間,試驗各種提升效率的方法。

你只需要花費兩小時的時間,便能吸收本書精華;

從此不再被生活瑣事追著跑,而是有餘裕追求自己的理想!

 

生產力不是指你做了多少,而是你成就了多少。

只要管理好時間、專注力,以及精力,便能運用最少時間,完成更多事情!

 

如何提高效率、有效運用每一天的時間,是忙碌現代人的夢魘!

克里斯・貝利(Chris Bailey)被TED封為「史上最有生產力的人」,利用一年時間(2013/5/1~2014/5/1)進行一項研究:如何在工作和生活各方面提升生產力?他將這一年的實驗歷程記錄在自己的部落格「最有生產力的一年」(A Year of Productivity),引來超過25萬人次訪客的熱烈討論,肯定與證實他實驗得出的提升生產力方法。

每個人的嗜好不同,或烹飪或閱讀或音樂,但克里斯是真心為「提升效率」而著迷。在高中時期,他因涉獵大量時間管理書籍,輕鬆駕馭高中學業;在上了大學之後,更是運用所學到的效率相關技巧,在最短時間內不僅完成學業、拿到全A的成績,在此同時還兼兩份工作,在畢業後順利拿到這兩家公司的聘書。

 

令人印象深刻的,是克里斯此時的抉擇。他舉了一個很有趣的例子:一九六O、七O年代,爾灣加州大學(The University of California, Irvine)決定在校園內各建築之間不鋪設任何步道,學生和教職員可隨意走在周邊草地上。時日一久,可看到有些草地區塊因不斷被踐踏而枯黃,此時,再將這些區塊鋪上磚塊、設為步道。也就是說,校方不預先設定路線,而是讓人自然走出一條路。景觀設計師稱這樣的步道為:欲望路徑(desire paths)。

 

同樣的情況,在兩項工作之間做抉擇時,克里斯決定不依循傳統路徑,而是呼應內心的熱情:對生產力的熱愛,因此決定全心投入。他放棄兩份全職高薪工作,開始為期十二個月的生產力實驗。實驗包括:訪問該領域最重要的專家,如查爾斯.杜希格(Charles Duhigg,《為什麼我們這樣生活,那樣工作?》作者)和大衛.艾倫(David Allen,《搞定!2分鐘輕鬆管理工作與生活》作者)等人,以及展開一連串有關生產力的試驗,包括連續好幾個星期只睡極少時間或整夜不睡;明明是個夜貓子,卻連續三個月每天早上五點半起床;完全不碰咖啡因和糖;一周工作90小時;與人群隔離整整十天;一周看70小時的TED演講;每天只用一小時的智慧型手機,長達三個月,以及增加十磅的肌肉量等,並監控每個試驗所帶來對生產力的關係和影響。


在書中,克里斯不僅帶領讀者一起經歷他的實驗,還挑選25個最有效的生產力策略,相信將會對你的工作和日常生活帶來巨大改變,當中包括:

• 放慢腳步、更用心工作;

• 刪減或移除不重要事物;

• 三重點法則;

• 力求不完美;

• 花更少時間在重要事物上;

• 利用「二十秒法則」遠離強大的干擾源以避免分心;

• 以及有效拖延的觀念。

透過許多反直觀的見解,克里斯提出全新的生產力觀念,提供方法和練習,幫助每位讀者運用最少時間,卻能完成更多事情。

 

 

各界好評

「克里斯・貝利親身實驗了許多令人卻步的方法,所有你想像到的方法他都試過,意圖從中篩選出有益於生產力的妙方。本書是他全心投入計畫所得出的智慧結論,他以直率和條理分明的文字敘述,讓人讀來輕鬆有趣、又十分受用!」

—大衛・艾倫(David Allen),《搞定!2分鐘輕鬆管理工作與生活》作者

 

「克里斯・貝利可能是史上最有生產力的人,你們絕對不會想錯過的。」

—TED官方網站

 

「光看這本書的書名,就知道它物超所值。事實上也是如此,短短幾天內就讓人受益良多;你甚至會愛上這段旅程的。」

—塞思・高汀(Seth Godin),《夠關鍵,公司就不能沒有你》作者

 

「克里斯寫了一本終極指南,會讓你的人生變成彩色。讀了它以後,你不僅能完成更多事情,還會樂在其中。」

—蘿拉.范德康(Laura Vanderkam),《我知道她的高招:成功女性如何充分利用時間》(I Know How She Does It,中文暫譯)

 

「我們經常只流於做自己習慣做的事,即便這麼做並不夠有效率。這本書提供各種提高生產力的完整建議,你將能藉由它們找到、並測試出適合自己的有效做事方式。」

—尚恩・艾科爾(Shawn Achor),正向心理學家暨《紐約時報》暢銷書《哈佛最受歡迎的快樂工作學》的作者

 

「本書寫得很棒、很有趣,同時也非常實用可行。我很喜歡這本書;它是實踐佛教精神的最佳典範!」

—馬歇爾・葛史密斯(Marshall Goldsmith),暢銷書《UP學:所有經理人相見恨晚的一本書》作者

 

「克里斯不僅要讓你變得更有生產力,他還希望你過更好的生活。這本書是一張兩小時的門票,看完之後你不僅會變得更有生產力,還會真正變得幸福。」

—尼爾・帕斯瑞查 (Neil Pasricha),《驚歎之書》(The Book of Awesome,中文暫譯)作者
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