Review: The Productivity Project

The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

Chris Bailey


Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 05-Jan-2016
Date Started: 17-Jul-2018
Date Finished: 14-Aug-2018
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 8 hr 13 m
Genres: Nonfiction, self-help
ISBN: 9781101904039
Source: Audible


A fresh, personal, and entertaining exploration of a topic that concerns all of us: how to be more productive at work and in every facet of our lives.
Chris Bailey turned down lucrative job offers to pursue a lifelong dream—to spend a year performing a deep dive experiment into the pursuit of productivity, a subject he had been enamored with since he was a teenager. After obtaining his business degree, he created a blog to chronicle a year-long series of productivity experiments he conducted on himself, where he also continued his research and interviews with some of the world’s foremost experts, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen. Among the experiments that he tackled: Bailey went several weeks with getting by on little to no sleep; he cut out caffeine and sugar; he lived in total isolation for 10 days; he used his smartphone for just an hour a day for three months; he gained ten pounds of muscle mass; he stretched his work week to 90 hours; a late riser, he got up at 5:30 every morning for three months—all the while monitoring the impact of his experiments on the quality and quantity of his work.

The Productivity Project—and the lessons Chris learned—are the result of that year-long journey. Among the counterintuitive insights Chris Bailey will teach you:
·         slowing down to work more deliberately;
·         shrinking or eliminating the unimportant;
·         the rule of three;
·         striving for imperfection;
·         scheduling less time for important tasks;
·         the 20 second rule to distract yourself from the inevitable distractions;
·         and the concept of productive procrastination.
In an eye-opening and thoroughly engaging read, Bailey offers a treasure trove of insights and over 25 best practices that will help you accomplish more.”



Not going to lie, I one-hundred percent went into this audiobook expecting to come out more productive with minimal effort. Alas, I was disappointed.

The most productive thing I did from this book was finish this book…. aside from that everything else was way too much effort. This guide was essentially a compilation of many tips I have heard elsewhere and recommendations for things I don’t want to do (like cutting down on caffeine).

It did suggest some things I am willing to try in the future when I am not quite so busy, like meditation, but that won’t help me be productive right now. I am the epitome of lazy as it has taken me a month to even write this review!

While the author is intelligent and knows his stuff, his voice is soft and kind of sleep inducing, in the best possible way. It just made it hard to listen to this book while being awake and working at the same time. Overall, it had no lasting effect on me.

About the Author

“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, and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.”


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