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Nearly all of us want to be more productive, but finding the method that works for you among the hundreds and hundreds of different tips, tricks and hacks can be a daunting prospect. After graduating college Chris Bailey decided to dedicate a whole year to doing just that - experimenting with as many of the techniques as he could and finding the things that work.

Among the experiments that he undertook are going several weeks on little to no sleep; cutting out caffeine and sugar; taking a daily siesta; living in total isolation for 10 days; stretching his workweek to 90 hours; and getting up at 5:30 every morning, all the while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work. The results were often surprising!

This audiobook is the result of Chris' year-long journey, distilling the lessons he learned into a few core truths about how we get things done (or, indeed, don't). Among the many counterintuitive insights Chris discovered that had the biggest impact on his productivity were striving for imperfection, scheduling less time for important tasks, the 20 second rule to distract yourself from distractions, and the concept of productive procrastination.

In this accessible and fun guide, Chris Bailey offers over 30 tried and tested best practices that will help everyone to accomplish more - and become more awesome.

©2016 Chris Bailey (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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A well intentioned waste of time

No real scientific method is used in most of the "studies" take place and this is little more than a student's musings on productivity and his attempt to be "the productivity guy"

There is very to learn here if you've ever had a serious job or run a company.

I liked the author's narration and he made a valiant effort to keep the listener engaged but ultimately the content has little to offer.

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Defenitly worth the time

Book provides a lot of valuable tips and explanations. The voice of the author is very nice to listen to. I really enjoy the fast that the book it's written in a casual, less formal way, which makes the topic much more interesting. Defenitly will listen again in few months after implementing some of the changes

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incredible!

Love the author's energy. What a wonderful nerd! Great content! An essential read for living in modern times. Easily the best book on productivity on the market.

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Interesting and Actionable

really enjoyed this book, it has plenty of hints and tips that can be put into use

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Better than habit books

Loved the audio book, packed with so many ways to look at your behaviour and all simple no money involved ideas, drink water, sleep, write a list of three etc.. and he explains why with backed up evidence. 1 hour less sleep equals 2 hours less in productivity. Already recommended this book to people and so much better than habit books.

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A book of great wisdom

A passionate narrator. A book of great wisdom. Many practical takeaways to change your life.

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Productivity ideas that were actually experimented

Loved listening to it. Took lots of notes for the ideas. Narrator is great and so are the stories and research. This book has come to me at the right time while I was struggling with organising myself.

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Loved it - except the chapter on sleep

I've read a lot of the books on ideas covered in The Productivity Project. Although I always try to implement the parts I think will have most effect, it was great to see someone unbiased trying these things wholeheartedly. I have actually implemented some of the ideas (especially around food and exercise) and am finding they make enough benefit to make them worth sticking with.

My only complaint was the section on sleep - the idea of 'just go to bed early enough, avoid caffeine and blue light before bed'. A nice idea, but for someone who often wakes up with 'whizzy head' at 1 am, I'd have liked some strategies on switching my brain off!

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Some old and new ideas nicely wrapped up

The author presents some old and new ideas in an entertaining way. The countless references to his experience during the project and meetings with prominent people are a little bit too much. The challenges (tasks for the reader) presented throughout the book are rated according to various criteria like time, focus required or fun, but I suggest to delete these ratings as they only waste the listener's time.

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Reading this book has been a breath of fresh air.

The book does an amazing job outlining & describing productivity & how one should pursue being more productivity in all aspects of life.If you value your time, these is so much crammed within these pages that will help you become more productive. I highly recommend it.

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  • 26-04-19

Gold for productivity junkies

I absolutely loved this audiobook from start to end. I got so much value out of it! I love the idea of “a year of productivity” and jotted down lots of ideas that inspired me throughout the chapters. I also love the way he reads! This audiobook is such a gem! Thank you for your service, Chris Bailey! 🙏🏼

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  • Dora D
  • 21-05-18

Useful and motivational (but a bit unrealistic?)

If this book is read constantly keeping in mind the differences between the author's life situation and your own and then applied selectively (choosing what you, personally, can apply in your own life taking into consideration the restrictions and opportunities you have), then you will probably benefit from it greatly.

The main issue with this book is that Bailey took a year off of <u>everything</u> so experiment with productivity. Plus, he made his own schedule. Not everyone has the luxuries he had during this time. Therefore, not all of his tips are equally as feasible, realistic, or applicable in everyone's life. Nevertheless, if you select one tip at a time and start implementing it slowly, I think they can greatly improve your life. I have been implementing a great many of them the last couple of years (obviously, prior to reading this book) and stand by what he says. Still, we should all know our capabilities and limitations (and maybe push them a bit as well).

All in all, the book is practical and very easy to read. The most useful parts are the challenges he lists at the end of each chapter that motivate you to really apply what he explained throughout the text.

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  • Teo
  • 02-10-17

I loved this book

This is the first book I have ever read and it felt amazing. The voice was great

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  • 20-03-21

great book great narration

I did have some doubts initially when deciding to purchase this book. Turned out the decision was a right one. It was a great fun listen and this definitely helped me with understanding the ideas and techniques mentioned in the book. Very inspiring!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-20

Everyone should listen to this book!

Loved every minute of this book. To anyone struggling to get things done or feeling overwhelmed with their life in general this book is the book you have been waiting for. Feels like an easy conversation with a friend. Cant recommend enough.

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  • Shaposh
  • 02-02-19

Great content and delivery

Great actionable content if you're in to productivity. Read by the author, full of excitement abd purpose. highly recommended.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-18

The best book on productivity!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be more productive by adopting a doable, realistic, incremental plan. I loved that all the advice the author offered were tried by him and he is reflecting on his own experience and on the things that worked for him and probably will work for the reader. I liked the book to the extent that I really want to get the printed version of this book too.

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  • José
  • 09-09-17

Most complete and simple

It is the single most complete productivity book I have ever read. However, you need to study the subject of Productivity for some time to fully understand the insights of this work. Congratulations to the author

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  • moom
  • 18-04-17

Great book but for narrator catching his breath

This is a great book and the author has a pleasant voice. However I find the author/narrator's tendency to audibly catching his breath between sentences very distracting almost as if he is running out of breathe. Other than this I thoroughly enjoyed the book which is one of the best book on productivity.