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Hyperfocus

Written by: Chris Bailey
Narrated by: Chris Bailey
Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
Categories: Business & Money, Careers
4.5 out of 5 stars (324 ratings)

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Publisher's 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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A new insight on how to manage our indulgences.

A good book to listen to. Narrated well, though, in a low-pitch voice. Only thing I wasn't amused by was occasional attempt at giving their own reactions through laughter.

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This Book can give some intresting iideas....

your will find many facts about your attention ...why you need to focus.....not very intrestingly but in proper manner....Narrtor speed is slow...i listened it in.1.50× speed .....somtimes you need to skip the lessons...☺️

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Last two chapters summarize it very well.

Really really good last two chapters are summarize it very well. You can just hear those two and get all out of this book.

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My first book that I successfully completed

I am quite happy that I chose this wonderful book to be my first book to listen.😊

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Repackaged observations

Uses salesman like language, to sell you common sense. May be useful if completely new to material on productivity, otherwise stay clear.

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Wonderful book

Excellent book to know your own mind , The author had clearly differentiated the hyperfocus and scattered mind. The transition to explain both as your weapons is extraordinary despite they are antonyms as per our perception. Over an Excellent mind book.

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A perfect book for wandering minds

This book perfectly describes the necessity of Hyperfocus but also dwells into a phenomenon called scatter focus, which I heard for the first time. Loved this book, and trying to implement each and every ideas and activities necessary to achieve both hyper and scatter focus. Thanks Chris Bailey for such a wonderful and insightful writing.

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Great tool to understand ur limits 👍

great book indeed , must read once to assess self and see were we stand . mind changing ideas ..very common but very wise

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Loved it

One of the best book I have ever read. I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants solve the issue related to focusing or prioritizing your work or anything important without wandering your mind.

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Simplicity

The best part of this book is the simplest way to share the captured knowledge with everyone. Another point is the practical approach that can be used or tested by one in any phase of life.

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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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  • Larry Reacher
  • 15-08-19

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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  • A. James
  • 02-01-19

Fantastic. Game Changer

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-19

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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  • Nick
  • 30-03-19

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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  • Esther Nagle
  • 10-03-19

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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  • bbzona
  • 02-07-19

Very good

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

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  • Mr Michael Adams
  • 02-06-19

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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  • AC
  • 21-05-19

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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  • Mike
  • 25-10-18

Now hear this!

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

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  • Joshua
  • 16-01-19

Same information recycled.

You have read all of this before if you have ever read a productivity book. Read 4 hour work week instead. More on offer.

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  • Fabien
  • 13-11-18

How to organize your thoughts and productivity

I am already implementing techniques like Eisenhower quadrant system and daily tasks/goals upon my foci.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-19

Not a productive use of my listening time

He seems like a nice guy but he needs to respect his listeners’ time and get to the point more. Especially given the subject matter! So much repetition and meandering that I struggled to remain focused on the content. I hung on for as long as I could hoping to learn something new, but had to call it quits. Still giving it three stars as it appears there are people who do derive value from it, and who perhaps haven’t come across the same material before.

I find the slow speaking style with randomly placed word emphasis and pauses somewhat distracting, but again I think that’s just a personal thing. I think overall he’s done a reasonable job.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-06-19

Easy to listen, full of great advice

Everyone would benefit from this book’s advice, but if you are a little ADHD or find it difficult to focus the advice is even more important.

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  • Elena Williams
  • 26-05-19

Not a mature work, definitely for young people

First up, genuinely interested in the version of this book he writes once he's had children. Clearly this man has a lot of spare time, which none of the real adults I know has.

This book is slow and patronising if you already participate in productivity literature.

Heard a lot of positive things about Chris Bailey, but while this book wasn't necessarily a waste of time, it was twice as long as it needed to be for me. Some of his advice is nice but belabours a point and he talks about himself and his environment and what is on his desk, what he's looking at etc, to the point where it actually makes me angry, it's comes across as narcissistic which is an aspect of this genre that is unattractive, and actually kind of contradictory. Definitely comes across as being an arrogant young person himself.

If he keeps over-using the word "dots" I'm taking away some stars. Also I'm shocked he's referred to 10K hours but not the actual thesis of Eric Anderson, the actual researcher behind the concept.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-05-19

Read, re-read and read again

This is such a great book. It provides so many insights into productivity and how you can be more productive. I am through my 2nd read and I am sure I will return for a 3rd and 4th time.

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  • dee
  • 26-03-19

great!

a really good ebook if you would like to not multitask and learn how to better improve your thoughts ideas and plans

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-03-19

Productivity is key

I loved this book, it has helped me be more productive both at home, and at work.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-02-19

Well worth spending time on!

Loved this book. Explains some of the background wiring in our brains and how to best take advantage. Practical advice that can be easily implemented, thank you!!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-19

Even my engineer husband liked this one...

As a leadership specialist married to an Engineer with honors - yep...that much an engineer, he often has fun with the books I listen to on my commutes, however he like the practical tips in this one. Appeals to a broad audience I suggest.