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How to Manage Your Attention in a World of Distraction

August 27, 2019 | Trade paperback
ISBN: 9780735273696
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From the author of The Productivity Project, a groundbreaking and practical guide to managing your attention--the most powerful resource you have to become more creative, get stuff done, 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 fill each moment of our lives to the brim with essential tasks and 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 the 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 both mental modes so you can concentrate more deeply, think more clearly, and work and live more deliberately every day. Chris Bailey examines 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.

  • About this Author

    CHRIS BAILEY is a productivity author, speaker, and consultant based in Ottawa. He addresses the tactical ways we can accomplish more every day, and is the author of the much-heralded Productivity Project, translated and published in more than 60 countries. His blog is

    ISBN: 9780735273696
    Format: Trade paperback
    Pages: 256
    Publisher: Random House of Canada
    Published: 2019-08-27



    "In this practical and widely applicable manual, Bailey identifies distraction as an endemic problem plaguing the business world, and just about every facet of modern life as well. . . . Highly germane to any fast-paced workplace, this book is a must-read for readers seeking to regain control of their ability to concentrate." --Publishers Weekly

    "Becoming more productive isn't about time management; it's about attention management. I'd tell you more about that, but I lost my train of thought. Luckily this attention-grabbing book is here to help. Chris Bailey offers actionable, data-driven insights for sharpening your focus--and finding the right moments to blur it." --Adam Grant, author of Originals and Give and Take; coauthor of Option B with Sheryl Sandberg

    "The best productivity plans call for strategy, not just hacks or tactics--and Hyperfocus gives you strategy in spades. When you read this book, get ready to do your most important work!" --Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup, The Art of Non-Conformity, and The Happiness of Pursuit

    "There's no question: your attention is your most valuable asset. Everything in your life--your experience of life--comes from your attention. And Hyperfocus will teach you how to use this tool, how to hone it, leverage it, and even enjoy it. Pay attention to Chris Bailey--this book is well worth the focus." --Peter Bregman, author of 18 Minutes
    "Attention may be the most important asset of the twenty-first century. Hyperfocus takes decades of scientific insights and pairs them with practical applications to show us how best to manage and multiply our attention." --David Burkus, author of Under New Management and Friend of a Friend

    "I read Hyperfocus on my phone . . . but this book was so engaging I stopped checking email entirely! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to do more of what matters in a dis­tracted world." --Laura Vanderkam, author of What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast and 168 Hours

    "Let me guess. You're like me. You don't have time to read this book. Or any book! Who has time for books anymore? Well, that's perfect. Because it means you have the disease. And right now you're holding the cure." --Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome and The Happiness Equation
    "Hyperfocus does a remarkable job of unpacking the realities, obstacles, and best practices of managing the subtle but ever-present world of our conscious attention. All of us can get better at how, when, and on what we focus. This is an extraordinary, eye-opening, and research-based report of what affects us in this regard, and how to take advantage of this information to achieve greater satisfaction in our lives. Bravo, Chris." --David Allen, author of Getting Things Done

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