Excerpts from “Hyperfocus: How to Work Less and Achieve More” by Chris Bailey

Don’t remember who recommended or how I got to know this book, finished it during this weekend. This book has some great advice, capturing it below.

[Page 17] The more we can manage our attention with intention, the ore focused, productive, and creative we become.

[Page 20]

[41] But again, just because we’re busier doesn’t mean we’re getting more accomplished.

[42] It doesn’t matter how busy we are if that busyness doesn’t lead us to accomplish anything of importance. Productivity is not about cramming more into our days but about doing the right thing in each moment.

[70] Productivity is often a process of understanding our constraints…… Make sure you account for time and energy constraints – and if possible, work around these obstacles when you’re planning your week.

[104] Decluttering your digital environment is just as important as decluttering your physical one.

[110] It doesn’t matter if you work at a slower, more deliberate pace if you’re continuously working in the right direction. What you loose in speed you make up for in intentionality.

[124] The secret of deep, meaningful conversations is simple: bring your complete attention to the person you’re speaking with.

[141] Brain’s hidden creative mode

[152] … just as you are what you eat, when it comes to the information you consume, you are what you choose to focus on.

[156] … the less stimulated you are, the more deeply you can think.

[171] It’s not that I’m so smart; it’s just that I stay with problems longer.

Albert Einstein

[184] We are what we pay attention to, and almost nothing influence our productivity and creativity as much as the information we’ve consumed in the past.


[196] Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do what make you good.

Malcom Gladwell

[197] Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.

Abraham Lincoln
Comments Off on Excerpts from “Hyperfocus: How to Work Less and Achieve More” by Chris Bailey

Professor @ IIIT Hyderabad