Chris Bailey


Chris Bailey

Productivity and Performance Expert | Bestselling Author, The Productivity Project

Chris Bailey makes productivity entertaining, as even more importantly, exceptionally practical. 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.

When Chris graduated from university, he received two full-time job offers, but declined them both to dedicate a year to exploring his weird passion: personal productivity. Within that year, he conducted dozens of productivity experiments on himself, such as living in total isolation for ten days, only using his smartphone for an hour a day, and even working 90-hour weeks. Today, Chris speaks about his research conducted over the past ten years, and the research of the world’s foremost productivity experts, to show how we can apply this research to our daily lives in order to accomplish more.

In his fresh and entertaining take on productivity, Chris shares useful and often counterintuitive takeaways such as: prioritizing what’s important; slowing down to work more deliberately; shrinking and eliminating distractions; 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.

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 ten languages. He is currently working on his second book, about how to focus deeper and clearer, which will be published in 2018. His productivity blog, A Life of Productivity, is read by over 200,000 people from around the world every month.

His work has received national and international media attention from countless outlets, including The New York Times, Fortune, New York Magazine, Fast Company, the BBC, and others.

For Everyone: A Fresh New Approach to Productivity

Drawing from over a decade’s worth of research, as well as Chris Bailey’s yearlong deep dive experiment into the world of productivity, this counter-intuitive and wildly entertaining talk will transform how you think about productivity. Productivity doesn’t have to be boring—and it’s possible to get more done every day without hating the process. In addition to showing how productivity is about managing your time as well as your attention and energy, this talk will give you several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day at work and at home—like Single-tasking and the Rule of 3—so you’ll walk away with some solid productivity techniques in your back pocket.

For Leaders: Taking Care of Business

Ironically, the more your time is in demand, the less time you have to think about your productivity—but the more you need to. This is especially true for the leaders in any organization—who have teams to manage, deadlines to juggle, and an insane amount of work to get done by the end of the day. In addition to showing you how productivity is about managing your time as well as your attention and energy, this counter-intuitive, entertaining talk will provide you with several practical, tactical ways to get more done every day, and lead your teams to do the same. This talk is designed especially for busy leaders who have almost no time to think about their productivity —and covers productivity tactics like eliminating unimportant tasks from your work, as well as guiding your team to work on what’s actually important.

For Salespeople: Productivity for Sales Professionals

When you have more to do than time to do it in, properly managing your time, attention, and energy becomes critical. Ironically, though, the more you have on your plate, the less time you have to think about your productivity. This entertaining, counter-intuitive talk will guide you through productivity tactics like eliminating attention hijackers and unimportant tasks from your work, as well as stepping back from your work to consider what’s actually important, so you can spend more time developing relationships with customers, selling, and doubling down on bigger accounts that grow, rather than on administrative tasks and with customers that suck up your time.

For Students: Becoming a More Productive Student

When you’re in college or university, “being productive” seems like more of a necessary evil than something integral to your success as a student. While keeping things exciting, this talk guides you through becoming a more productive, organized, and successful student. You’ll see exactly how you can work smarter, instead of just harder, while learning about the fascinating, counter-intuitive science behind topics like procrastination (which, the research shows, everybody does), self-talk, and how you should best invest your time. The takeaway from this talk is a simple one with profound implications: that the most productive people don’t work faster or more frantically—they work deliberately and with intention throughout the day. Productivity is all about how much you accomplish at the end of the day—and busyness is no different from laziness when it doesn’t lead you to accomplish anything.


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.