The Productivity Project – Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey | Summary Review by Stephen Diagram

The Productivity Project – Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy by Chris Bailey


6 Factors that Trigger Procrastination

  1. Boring
  2. Difficult
  3. Frustrating
  4. Unstructured / Ambiguous
  5. Lacking in Personal Meaning
  6. Lacking in Intrinsic Reward

If what you’re trying to accomplish / complete is

BORING: try to find a new environment to perform your work at, like a coffee shop.

FRUSTRATING or UNSTRUCTURED: break the task into smaller, more attainable steps.


Find your Biological Prime Time: the hours where your energy and ability to focus are at it’s peak height.

To do this: track your energy levels every hour of the day.

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“Our future selves are actually strangers to our current self’s perception”

  • brain scans show then when we imagine ourselves in the future, our brains are basically imagining the life of a total stranger

If you’re a fan of To-Do Lists, then you should consider creating a new Waiting-For List; this is where you write down all the things you can’t do at the moment because you are waiting on someone or something.

Use the Rule of 3 to Accomplish More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy

  • list 3 big targets for the week
  • list 3 goals for the day

Make your tasks attractive and rewarding.

Check things off to free up brain power and mental capacity.


  1. Today we have a knowledge economy.
  2. Productivity is the gap between knowing and doing
  3. Parkinson’s Law: Set fake deadlines. Create a fake sense of urgency. You will work on your tasks sooner and with more focus.

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