Episode 386 – Productivity Expert Chris Bailey
Episode 386 – Productivity Expert Chris Bailey
Chris Bailey is a Productivity Expert and the bestselling Author of two books about productivity: The Productivity Project and Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction. Chris writes about productivity at www.alifeofproductivity.com and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive, without hating the process.
Chris was born in Red Deer, Alberta and raised in Ontario, Canada. He first became interested in productivity in high school after reading David Allen’s Getting Things Done. He graduated from the Sprott Business School of Business in 2013. After college, he started researching productivity and conducting experiments, while documenting his experiences on this blog A Year of Productivity. Insights and strategies learned from these experiments were compiled into his 2016 book The Productivity Project. His second book Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction was released in August 2018.
Most recently, Chris wrote his third book How to Calm Your Mind, which is a toolkit of accessible, science-backed strategies that reveal how the path to a less anxious life, and even greater productivity, runs directly through calm.
In this Podcast, Allan McKay interviews Bestselling Author of HYPERFOCUS Chris Bailey about anxiety and the effects of repeated stress; what constitutes burnout and how to combat it; burnout versus engagement; as well as Chris’s upcoming book HOW TO CALM YOUR MIND.
Chris Bailey on Allan McKay’s Podcast: www.allanmckay.com/157
How to Calm Your Mind on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/How-Calm-Your-Mind-Productivity/dp/0593298519?crid=2OSSUEH7ZMZU0&keywords=Chris+Bailey+calm&qid=1662042892&sprefix=chris+bailey+calm,aps,103&sr=8-1&linkCode=sl1&tag=ayeaofpro-20&linkId=4ba3aec2a2af211bb7dd9a7944ae2f8d&language=en_US&ref_=as_li_ss_tl
Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction by Chris Bailey: www.hyperfocusbook.com
Hyperfocus on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0525522239/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0
A Life of Productivity: http://alifeofproductivity.com
Chris Bailey’s Article for The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/25/opinion/sunday/distracted-work-focus-productivity.html
EPISODE 386 – PRODUCTIVITY EXPERT CHRIS BAILEY
This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 386!
I’m speaking with Productivity Expert and Bestselling Author of Hyperfocus Chris Bailey. We sit down to talk about his new book How to Calm Your Mind. Chris was on the Podcast a while ago (www.allanmckay.com/157).
In this Episode, Chris and I talk about:
- Success of Chris’s First Book Hyperfocus
- Perception of Success and Being Inspired by the Success of Others
- Chris’s Personal Story that Inspired How to Calm Your Mind
- Awareness and Intentionality as a Way to Combat Anxiety
- Effects of Repeated Stress
- What Constitutes Burnout
- How to Combat and Overcome Burnout
- Burnout Versus Engagement
- And so much more!
Let’s dive in!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FROM ALLAN McKAY:
[01:12] Have you ever sent in your reel and wondered why you didn’t get the callback or what the reason was you didn’t get the job? Over the past 20 years of working for studios like ILM, Blur Studio, Ubisoft, I’ve built hundreds of teams and hired hundreds of artists — and reviewed thousands of reels! That’s why I decided to write The Ultimate Demo Reel Guide from the perspective of someone who actually does the hiring. You can get this book for free right now at www.allanmckay.com/myreel!
[55:29] One of the biggest problems we face as artists is figuring out how much we’re worth. I’ve put together a website. Check it out: www.VFXRates.com! This is a chance for you to put in your level of experience, your discipline, your location — and it will give you an accurate idea what you and everyone else in your discipline should be charging. Check it out: www.VFXRates.com!
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I want to thank Chris for taking the time to chat! This was an absolute blast!
Next week, I’m doing a solo Episode on perfectionism and how to defeat it. Until then –
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