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The Productivity Project
Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy
By (author): Chris Bailey
9780345815781 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Personal Success Aug 29, 2017
$21.00 CAD
Active 5.12 x 7.97 x 0.64 in 304 pages 7 GRAPHS Knopf Random Vintage Canada Vintage Canada
Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project is a trenchant and entertaining year-long examination on a topic that concerns just about everyone at some point in their lives: how to be more productive at work and in every facet of your life.

Chris Bailey has been fascinated with the subject of productivity since he was a teenager. While pursuing his business degree, he researched every paper and read every book available on the topic. After graduation, he embarked on a year-long project, interviewing many of the world’s foremost productivity gurus, from Charles Duhigg to David Allen, while conducting a series of productivity experiments on himself, from getting by on little sleep, to waking up at 5:30 every morning for a month, from avoiding caffeine and sugar to working 90 hours a week, and monitoring the impact of each experiment on his ability to get things done. He created a blog about the project, and as people heard about the project, traffic grew exponentially and beyond his wildest hopes.

This book and the lessons and insights Chris discovered are the result of that year-long journey. Among the many counterintuitive insights Chris writes about in the book are removing or shrinking the unimportant; the rule of three; striving for imperfection; scheduling less time for important tasks; the 20-second rule to distract yourself from distractions, and the concept of productive procrastination. He offers over 30 best practices that will help every one of us accomplish more.

Publication History: Random House Canada, HC (01/16)

NATIONAL BESTSELLER: #2 in the Toronto Star; #3 in the Globe and Mail

QUICKLY GROWING PLATFORM: Chris grew his A Year in Productivity blog from nothing to over 250,000 unique visitors a month in a year. He recently migrated all his followers to his new blog, A Life of Productivity.

INCREASING INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION: Fox Business, Huffington Post, New York magazine, TED, Foundr magazine and lifehacker have all referenced or reported on Chris’s work. By the end of the experiment, 850,000 people had read his articles, which have been viewed almost two million times.

CANADIAN AUTHOR: Ottawa born and based, Chris is building an impressive speaking career on both sides of the border.

A graduate of Carleton University, CHRIS BAILEY wrote over 216,000 words on the subject of productivity on his blog during his year-long experiment, creating over two-hundred articles.

Author Residence: Ottawa, ON

Author Hometown: Ottawa, ON


Author Website:

Author Social Media: @ALOProductivity; @wigglechicken

“Chris Bailey might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet.”—TED Blog

The Productivity Project is a superb analysis of the principles and art of productivity…. ”—The Objective Standard

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