Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey

Productivity and Performance Expert | Bestselling Author, Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey provides audiences with practical and tactical advice for becoming more productive. Called “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” by TED Talks, a “productivity mastermind” by Fast Company, “a quirky and energetic guide through the productivity thicket” by the Harvard Business Review, and an “all-around productivity guru” by Wired Magazine, Bailey will transform how you and your audience think about productivity in the workplace and beyond.

Bailey is the international bestselling author of Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project—which have been published in 20 languages and sold hundreds of thousands of copies around the world. He is also the author of the Audible Original, How to Train Your Mind, and is writing a third book for Penguin Books, on how calm improves our productivity. On top of the books, Bailey writes a weekly column at, which is read by tens of thousands of people every week. His latest TED Talk, “How to Get Your Brain to Focus”, has been viewed over 10 million times.

Bailey’s approach is unique: he believes there is no one-size-fits-all solution to becoming more productive. Instead, he has spent the last decade experimenting with every productivity tactic under the sun, separating what works from what doesn’t. That experimentation has run the gambit from curious to ridiculous and saw him meditating for 35 hours in a week, using his smartphone for only an hour a day, working 90-hour weeks, and much more. Combining lessons from his books, the latest research, and what he found during these productivity experiments, Bailey offers useful tidbits on how we can apply this advice to our daily lives in order to accomplish more.

To date, Bailey has written hundreds of articles on productivity, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, Lifehacker, GQ, TED, Wired Magazine, BBC, Fortune, and Fast Company.

Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

The research is clear — the state of our attention determines the state of our lives. Yet 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 increasingly uncomfortable with a lack of stimulation and distraction.

Modeled after Chris Bailey’s bestselling new book, Hyperfocus, this talk reveals how effectively managing our attention hinges on working with greater intention, taming stimulating distractions in advance, and strategically unfocusing to take better mind wandering breaks.

Customized to fit the unique needs of your audience, this talk has practical, counterintuitive takeaways, including:

  • How to work with fewer distractions
  • How to take advantage of the dot-connecting powers of your brain in order to work more creatively
  • How working fewer hours can increase your focus
  • How to work with intention and discover your most important tasks
  • How to get more done by making your work harder, not easier

A Fresh Approach to Productivity

Over the last decade, Chris has experimented with every productivity tactic under the sun, separating what works from what doesn’t. Drawing on his research, as well as these peculiar productivity experiments—including living in total isolation, using his smartphone for only an hour a day for three months, and meditating for 35 hours a week—this talk will transform how you and your audience think about productivity.

In addition to revealing why productivity is about mastering not only time, but also your attention and energy, this talk offers several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day, so you and your audience walk away with solid productivity techniques you can use immediately.

Personal productivity advice is just that: personal. For this reason, Chris customizes each productivity talk based on what will be most helpful for your audience, choosing from his arsenal of 25 proven-to-work productivity strategies. Some folks benefit the most from strategies to beat procrastination and prioritize what’s important; others from eliminating distractions or tactics for leading their team to become more productive. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Chris will work with you to find the ideas that resonates the strongest, and help your audience the most.

How to Stay Productive During a Stressful Time

It’s not easy to be productive right now. But here’s the good news — in the middle of a difficult time, it is actually possible for us to invest in our mental health and our productivity at the same time.

We’re the most productive when we work with intention behind what we do, whether we’re at work or at home. The more intentional we are, the more productive we become. Better yet, when we find ways to focus deeply and amplify our creativity, we can start to push out anxious thoughts associated with this uncertain time and increase our sense of accomplishment throughout the day.

This presentation focuses on strategies for investing in our productivity and wellness during a difficult and stressful time — especially while working from home.

Audiences will learn:

  • How to determine the best possible tasks and projects to work on every day.
  • How to focus on important tasks when focusing is most difficult.
  • How to tame distractions in order to focus more deeply.
  • How to become more creative through deliberate mind wandering.
  • How to invest in self-care while spending more time at home.
  • How to keep “anxiety scrolling” to a minimum.

This presentation is customizable to ensure productivity strategies shared are applicable to your audience.

Half-Day Productivity Intensive: Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

Format: Half-day interactive workshop

This interactive, half-day productivity workshop will help your team manage their time, attention, and energy—the three core ingredients of productivity.

The workshop weaves powerful personal and team productivity tactics with helpful exercises to get more done—and includes the occasional fun anecdote from Chris Bailey’s books, Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project. This workshop is perfect for busy teams who have little time to think about productivity.

The workshop runs 4 hours, and is designed to accommodate as many or as few people as you like—the sessions work equally well for groups of executives, managers, and individual contributors. Chris will customize the workshop for your audience.

In addition to helping your team identify the tasks they should prioritize in their work (so they can work smarter), this intensive will help attendees eliminate distractions, simplify their work, and develop their ability to hyperfocus—all while becoming less busy, tired, and stressed out.

Workshop attendees will receive a booklet to guide them through the exercises, as well as a printable PDF take-away, so their newly learned productivity tactics actually stick.

To become as productive as possible, it’s critical that we not only effectively manage our time, but our attention and energy, too. This workshop will help you—and your team—accomplish just that.

This workshop is also available as a 3-part webinar.