Chris Bailey: Hyperfocus

Ct of attention4 Continue to bring your attention back to that object of attention 1 setting the intention is the most important thing to start with 3 set a defined period of time that is reasonable so you have a clear start and end 4 draw your attention when your mind wanders Other tactics Everyday pick three things to focus on Order items which are most conseuential and do them first Consider not only immediate conseuences but second and third order conseuences Set an hourly awareness chime and when it goes off ask yourself Was your mind wandering when the chime went off Are you working on autopilot or something you intended to focus on Are you immersed in a productive task If so how ong have you been focusing on it What is the most conseuential thing you could be working on right now Are you working on it How full is your attentional space Is it overflowing or do you have attention to spare Are there distractions preventing you from hyper focusing on your workWhen setting an intention ensure it has when and where you Play Me, Im Yours ll do it Go to the gym becomes Schedule and go to the gym on myunch break TACTICS ON HOW TO HYPERFOCUS How Health at Every Size long do you want to hyper focus for Pick a time frame that s easy eg 15 minutes Anticipate what may distract you and block time to hyper focus Set a timer for your start and end timeThe tasks that you reeast excited to do are the ones that typically reuire the most hyperfocus onWHAT IS SCATTERFOCUSIts your brains most creative mode You activate it by deliberately The Kings Witch (Frances Gorges Trilogy letting your mind wander It helps you become self aware process ideas and reflect on the meaning of your experiencesThere are three styles of scatterfocus1 Capture mode Letting your mind roam freely and capturing whatever comes up2 Problem crunching mode Holding a problemoosely in mind and Polvere alla polvere letting your thoughts wander around it3 Habitual mode engaging in a simple task and capturing the ideas that arise this is the most powerful modeCapture Mode Sit with a blank notebook and see what comes up and write it downProblem Crunching mode Hold a problem in your mind when your mind wanders notice the distraction and pull your thoughts back to solving the problem Habitual Mode This is the most fun and therefore expands your attentional spacePositive thinking doesn t make you happy research shows its counter productivePositive thinkingets us feel successful in the moment but at the price of not actually making a plan to be successful Wyoming Triple Heat laterFocus on the system not the end result This past year of grad school was my own personal hell and in the intensely toxic culture of academia I internalized aot of really horrible beliefs about productivity which resulted in a truly awful period of burnout once I finished I am still unlearning a An Imperfect Spy (A Kate Fansler Mystery lot of things and I wish I had read this book aot sooner It made me feel a Trial Run / Whip Hand / Twice Shy lot forgiving towards myself when I was feeling burnout especially in how I was struggling to focus on things This book clarified aot that I had been thinking about throughout my time in grad school and afterwards and is a wise guide to rethinking focus he describes his process as ordering 10 15 books on a topic and reading a ძვირფასი სიცოცხლე lot of academic articles and that is exactly how the book comes across Iike to read one of these books every now and again This. Mind The most recent neuroscientific research on attention reveals that our brain has two powerful modes that can be unlocked when we use our attention well 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 readers unlock both so they can.

This book introduces two important concepts of Hyperfocus focusing on one thing with no distractions and Scatterfocus deliberately I, Claudius letting your mind roam freeFocus matters because in todays world the competition for your attention is fierce Focus allows you to utilize your most valuable currency your attention in the ways you see fit oppose toetting external forces dictate where you spend itSimple tactics to focus better include Put your phone and anything else that could compete for your attention out of reach or in a different room Choose an environment where there are few things that could be competing with your attention this is why planes and trains are often easier to work on as the alternatives you have are much ess stimulating Make a distraction ist every time something comes up that shifts your focus away from your desired task uestion if where you are about to spend your attention is the right place Just because something pitches for your attention doesn t mean you need to consume it You are what you pay attention to Coffee helps It provides a focus boost For reading Grab a pen or highlighter and actually write in the book that you re reading to actively consume the information Notice when your focus wavers If it does take a break doing a mindless task to recharge your attention There are four types of tasks Necessary work unattractive yet productive we only do these when we have a deadline eg filing expenses Unnecessary work unattractive and unproductive typically we use these tasks to procrastinate Distracting work attractive and unproductive tasks eg netflix Instagram Purposeful work attractive and productive these are the things you were put on the earth to do they come to you much easier than to othersMost information is organized in units no greater than 7 as anything than that we find trouble storing in our brainsWhen we store than 7 it ends up being broken into smaller groupingsMemorizing a credit card number is memorizing 4 segments of 4 numbers for exampleOur attention space holds everything that you re aware of in this current momentIf you are truly focused on reading a book for example you would have no capacity for anything else in your attention spaceMindfulness is noticing what your mind is full of All thoughts want to be taken seriously but few warrant it Simply noticing what is occupying our attentional space has been shown to make us productive Habits reuire very Chicken Soup for the Soul little attentional space to perform So you often can pair multiple habits together or one habit with a simple task but rarely can you pair a habit with a complex task that task reuires all the attention space you have to offer and you must do it soloProductivity is doing the right thing in each moment On average we work no than 40 seconds before being distracted WHAT IS HYPERFOCUSOne task that fills your entire attention spaceThis is a task that s probably at a comfortableevel of difficulty Atomic Habits says the optimal Misbehaving level is 4% the difficultyevel that is within your current skill setIt s hard but not impossibleIt makes us completely immersed in our work and happier as a result of that HOW TO ENTER HYPERFOCUS1 Choose a meaningful object of attention2 Eliminate as many external and internal distractions as you can3 Focus on that chosen obje. Canada's productivity expert returns with a totally fresh angle on how to do with Blooming Red less Throughout his experiments and research Chris Bailey came across manyittle known insights into how we focus a key element of productivity including the surprising idea that focus isn't so much a state of heightened awareness as we'd assume but a balance between two frames of.

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One helped me have a few really productive days and if I can remember the insights hopefully I can have a few until it s time to read another one of these The basics are clear you have to purposefully turn off distractions emails notifications of all kids social media etc You have to sleep and you have to give yourself some time to just make connections in your free time instead of fighting boredom The book was short and helpful but mostly it s the same kind of productivity advice At first I didn t think much of the book but now having read this far currently I m on p77 I can honestly say that the book is certainly adding to me and challenging me to get better in my productivity and taming my distractions I have always hoped to get some practical pieces of advice on how to improve and this book meets this need and how timely I m reading this because I obviously need it and every bit of reminder I can get my hands on If I focus deeply on just one important thing at a time that is called hyperfocusing here when it s really just focusing By doing that I become the most productive version of myself I need to direct my attention toward the most important object of my choosing and sustain that attention I am what I pay attention to I m what I contemplate I become what I get focused on To be continued If you ve read any book about being successful in your career or packing work into your day you ve already read this book The gist focus on one goal and Irrevocable Trust (Irreparable, learn to do that one thing very very well This was an enjoyable read with easy to implement strategies for setting yourself up for success on getting things done I ve started scheduling hyperfocus se Myife will forever be split into before Hyperfocus and after Hyperfocus And I m optimistic that the after Hyperfocus part will be infinitely focused and creative than the before part was thanks to this book I felt Forensic Science like on every page the author was speaking directly to me All of the examples were incredibly relatable and all of the solutions Bailey presented seemed intuitive and something I not only could do but absolutely needed and wanted to do I can already feel myself becoming aware of what I m dedicating my attention to And I m so muchess averse to giving my attention a bit of a break who knew I could go for a walk without music And that I would enjoy it Do yourself a favour and give this book a read You will not regret it Manage your sources of distraction Meditate Be deliberate in how you use your mental energy Etc Some good tips in there actually but nothing earth shattering Maybe I The Penguin History of Early India ll report back after I ve seen the results I would give it stars if I couldThis is book is extremely good in understanding your brain and hacking your way into improving its productivity The author is scientific in his approach andess Exploring with Frémont like a motivational speaker This makes the book even interesting and engagingI have pages of notes made from this is book and I wish to follow these to the dot and confirm all the productivity claims made by the authorMore importantly the book presents better practical ways to recover from mental fatigue which most other authors try to do the same thing with grandiose uotationsLike most other self help books reading them is only 10% of the task Following them is the rest 90%. Concentrate deeply think clearly and work andive deliberately Diving deep into the science and theories about how and why we bring our attention to bear on Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out life's big goals and everyday tasks Chris Bailey takes his uniue approach to productivity to the nextevel in Hyperfocus while retaining the approachable voice and perspective that made him a fast favourite.

Chris Bailey is a productivity expert and the international bestselling author of The Productivity Project which has been published in eleven languages His much anticipated second book Hyperfocus How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction comes out in September Chris writes about productivity at Alifeofproductivitycom and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can b