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Hyperfocus

Narrated by: Chris Bailey
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Business, Career Skills
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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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  • 05-02-19

Good advice

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

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Fantastic. Game Changer

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

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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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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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Now hear this!

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

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Good book, well read

I liked the first half of book most, very interesting. I tried some of the common sense tips, and used the ideas, I definitely feel
the improvement in work load I do, and more important higher quality work done by me ;-)

The explanations on how the mind processes data is super good, explains a lot and the ideas fit the theory very well..

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Very good

One of the best books that I had listened, practical tips to put our focus in play.

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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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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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This is exactly what I was looking for

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

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