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



Hi, everyone! 

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!



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Okay, what did you think? 

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 –

Rock on!


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