How To Be the Most Productive Person You Know w/ Chris Bailey

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Chris Bailey, the web's top productivity guru, returns to Becoming SuperHuman to share his best strategies.
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“Productivity isn't about how much you produce; it's about how much you accomplish.”
— Chris Bailey

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today, I’m excited to welcome back one of the most entertaining, engaging, and personable guests we’ve had on the show – productivity expert Chris Bailey. For this of you who don’t know, Chris is a life-long productivity enthusiast and devoted a year of his life to testing every productivity hack and strategy and blogging about it. His blog exploded in popularity, and so this week, Chris is publishing his much-anticipated book, The Productivity Project, through Crown Publishing and Penguin Random House. Because you guys loved the previous episode so much, I just had to have him back on the show to take a deeper-dive into some of his techniques, strategies, and wisdoms shared in the book.


In this episode, we discuss some of the more nitty-gritty details of how to achieve peak productivity, and Chris was kind enough to share so much of the wisdom and so many teachings of his book in such an engaging and informative way on the podcast. Just like last time, the episode is not only packed with actionable takeaways that you can put into practice TODAY, but it’s also freaking hilarious. Chris is an absolute delight, and he had me cracking up half the show. We did have a little bit of a connection issue, so at times it might seem a little disjointed, but I think for the most part everything got ironed out in editing, so not to worry.


This episode is brought to you by the all new SuperLearner Academy!

This episode is brought to you by the all new SuperLearner Academy!

In our second episode with Chris Bailey, we discuss:

  • What Chris has been working on while in “lockdown” mode
  • The benefits of having an editor for providing perspective
  • Why email is evil, and how you can cut it down as much as possible
  • Where should you begin if you want to increase your productivity?
  • What are the 2 different ways that a task can be valuable?
  • The differences between producing more vs. accomplishing more
  • Time vs. Attention vs. Energy – and how to manage each
  • Why your brain resists high impact work in favor of busy work
  • What factors make a task high-risk for procrastination or aversiveness
  • Practical Buddhism and meditation – and how they relate to productivity
  • The idea of biological prime time and when you should work
  • Why Chris Bailey's publishers might have to add an “anti-masturbation talk” clause in his contract (ha!)
  • How would Chris Bailey set up for a “productivity-0ff” against our previous guest Ari Meisel
  • Willpower, and how to maintain it for things like New Years resolutions
  • How “mindfulness” relates to productivity and working deliberately in the moment
  • What's the main difference between a monk and a cocaine-fueled stock trader?
  • How to beat the temptation of technology that distracts us
  • Why Chris Bailey is devoted to meditation for life
  • Why “time management” is BS – and what the alternative is
  • What are the more crazy, weird, and bizarre experiments that Chris did while researching his book?
  • How does Chris Bailey measure his productivity, and how has that changed over time?

Resources Mentioned in This Episode:

Favorite Quotes from Chris Bailey:

“It's almost impossible to look at the world without any bias.”
“Why do anything if you're not going to do it right?”
“Not all tasks are created equal.”
“We have 3 ingredients that we combine over the course of every day in order to get stuff done. Our time… our attention… and our energy.”
“When the day is done, what have you accomplished?… A lot of people are left with nothing at the end of the day.”
“92% of people who make New Years resolutions fail at them.”
“I think that for every minute that you meditate, you make back at least 2 minutes in productivity that day.”



  1. Luiz
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    Thanks, I learned a lot of interesting things in past episodes.

  2. Shivaditya Purohit
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    loved th heart and the depth of the conversation. The way that Dr. Metivier shared from his enormous experience and insights was just amazing. Thank you Jonathan for doing this podcast!! 🙂

  3. Rob
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    Great interview with Dr. Greg Wells! He mentioned a doctor from Colorado around the 42:30 point of the podcast, discussing turmeric and black pepper. I couldn’t make out the doctor’s name. Can you provide me with his full name and maybe his website or contact info. Interested in his products.



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