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The Productivity Project: Proven Ways to Become More Awesome by Chris Bailey
What is the Book About?
The Productivity Project is a non fiction / self-help book that explores Chris’ year of productivity projects. Chris, a self-proclaimed productivity geek, tries many different experiments to determine which ones improve his productivity and which ones are not really worth the effort. He also comes clean on the experiments that seemed like a good idea at the time but in the end he just couldn’t maintain.
What I particularly liked about the book
I found the book exceptionally useful! There are so many productivity hacks, methods and tips in the book that it’s hard to know where to start! I guess the way to really make The Productivity Project useful is to pick out one or two methods that really appeal to you and to start to implement them in your own day-to-day activities. If they stick, great. If not, go back to the book and either review the method or try something else. There’s certainly enough material to keep you going for a very long time!
Chris has also ensured that he’s not only covered the obvious methods for increased productivity, but he also evaluates the effects of our physical environment and the way we look after (or not) ourselves. Does more sleep help or hinder, for example and what part does nutrition play in our productivity?
Was there anything I disliked about the book?
I can’t think of anything in particular that I disliked about the book. An observation, rather than a criticism is that the book is quite lengthy at over 300 pages, however, each chapter can stand alone, so this kind of helps if there’s an area of productivity you want to dive into immediately.
I chose to have the book read to me, and so bought it with my Audible subscription. Chris narrates the book, and I enjoyed the pace and tone. The narration is clear and upbeat and is therefore an enjoyable way to discover the content. Of course, The Productivity Project is also availabe in other formats, including hardback and paperback.
Having listened to The Productivity Project I am now also planning to buy a paper copy as there are so many notes I’d like to make and I’d also like to keep the book for ongoing reference. Yes, it’s that good!
Chris Bailey also has a website where he describes these and other productivity experiments. Here’s the link to his website A Life of Productivity if you want to check it out.
Rating: 5 stars 🙂