Chris Bailey


Chris Bailey

Productivity and Performance Expert | Bestselling Author, The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey gives audiences practical, 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, and “a quirky and energetic guide through the productivity thicket” by the Harvard Business Review, Chris will transform how you and your audience think about productivity in the workplace and beyond.

Chris’ 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 ran the gambit from curious to ridiculous, and saw him living in total isolation for 10 days, using his smartphone for only an hour a day, working 90-hour weeks, and much more. Using what he found during these productivity experiments, Chris offers useful tidbits on how we can apply this advice to our daily lives in order to accomplish more.

Chris is the author of The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy, an international bestseller published by Penguin Random House in 11 languages. His second book, Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, will be released in September 2018. Chris’ productivity blog, A Life of Productivity, is read by more than 200,000 people worldwide each month. He 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, TED, the BBC, Fortune, and Fast Company.

How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

Our attention has never been as overwhelmed or in-demand as it is today. We are so busy, yet accomplishing so little, and we’ve grown increasingly uncomfortable with boredom and a lack of stimulation and distraction.

Merging the latest scientific research with practical takeaways for focusing deeper, this talk will transform how you think about and manage your attention on a daily basis.

Modeled after Chris’ latest book, Hyperfocus, this talk reveals how the brain switches between two mental modes: hyperfocus, our deep concentration mode, and scatterfocus, our creative, reflective mode. It explains why a combination of both mental modes is the best path to being our most creative and efficient selves at work.

This talk will leave you with practical, counterintuitive takeaways, including:

  • How working fewer hours can increase your productivity;
  • How to tame distractions;
  • How you can drink caffeine strategically instead of habitually to gain more energy;
  • How to work with intention;
  • How you can get more done by making your work harder, not easier;
  • How you can take advantage of your tired periods to do your best creative work.

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.

The Surprising, Practical Side of Mindfulness

Mindfulness has gotten a lot of attention lately, so much so that it has almost become a cliché. Yet mindfulness has a key role to play in productivity, and helps you manage your time, energy, and attention to focus deeper, think clearer, and make more thoughtful decisions.

The most productive people don’t work on autopilot mode. They step back often so they can work on the right things with deliberateness and intent, dodging distractions as they go. Most of us feel as though we have more tasks than time. This makes stepping back throughout the day more important than ever. Mindfulness helps us do this.

This talk will leave you with such practical, tactical takeaways as:

  • How mindfulness and productivity work hand-in-hand;
  • How to use mindfulness to work with greater deliberateness and intention;
  • How mindfulness (and even meditation) allow you to focus more deeply;
  • How to use mindfulness to overcome procrastination;
  • How to use mindfulness to think with greater clarity, and make better strategic decisions.

Merging the latest neuroscience research with practical takeaways, this talk cuts through the noise to help you use mindfulness to your advantage.

Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

Format: Half-day interactive workshop

This half-day productivity intensive has been designed from the ground up to help your team or organization better manage their time, attention, and energy—the three 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 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 make a few tweaks depending on your audience, and the workshop is flexible enough to tie into any other internal training programs.

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 laser-like focus—all while feeling 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.