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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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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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Great insight into how our minds work

The point of any books like this is to find some insight and I am happy with finding just a few precious nuggets of helpful points. This is full of good stuff, however, becomes a little over repetitive. Calling positive thinking wishful thinking made me laugh as it misunderstands what positive thinking is. Being positive without a plan or strategy is wishful thinking. Positive thinking with a firm and detailed strategy is not wishful thinking. This was the only point that really had me shaking my head. For much of the rest I was the nodding dog. Well worth a listen.

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Not for me

I listened until half way through the book but struggled to get excited about the ideas, finally gave up. Just feels like common sense to me.

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  • 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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Now hear this!

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

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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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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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  • 28-06-21

Very helpull.

Loved every minute of it.
A lot of info to absorb, a lot of skills to train.
Must read with a notepad.

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  • 22-04-22

Hyper focus

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Excelent book to understand better the mind and how it Works in the subject of focusing

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  • 28-09-21

Hyperfocus - great read

Great tips on how to focus more effectively and become more productive overall to achieve your goals.