How To Be the Most Productive Person You Know w/ Chris Bailey
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.
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:
- Chris Bailey's new book, The Productivity Project (iBookstore)
- Our previous episode with Ari Meisel
- Gretchen Rubin's awesome book, Better Than Before (and our previous episode with her)
- This article on the Onion about annoying, well-adjusted friend even meditates
- Chris Bailey's top-ranking blog, A Life of Productivity
- Chris Bailey on Twitter