How to Get Your Brain to Focus | Chris Bailey | TEDxManchester
The latest research is clear: the state of our attention determines the state of our lives. So how do we harness our attention to focus deeper, get distracted less, and even become more creative? Chris Bailey, author of the recent book Hyperfocus, talks about how our ability to focus is the key to productivity, creativity, and living a meaningful life.
Follow Chris on @chris_bailey Chris Bailey was recently described by TED as possibly “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet”. He is the international bestselling author of Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project, which have been published in sixteen languages. Chris works with organisations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.
To date, Chris has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, TED, Fortune, Fast Company, and Lifehacker. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
How to Focus to Change Your Brain | Huberman Lab Podcast #6
This episode introduces neuroplasticity—which is how our brain and nervous system learn and acquire new capabilities. I describe the differences between childhood and adult neuroplasticity, the chemicals involved and how anyone can increase their rate and depth of learning by leveraging the science of focus. I describe specific tools for increasing focus and learning. The next two episodes will cover the ideal protocols for specific types of learning and how to make learning new information more reflexive.
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03:50 Plasticity: What Is it, & What Is It For?
06:30 Babies and Potato Bugs
08:00 Customizing Your Brain
08:50 Hard-Wired Versus Plastic Brains
10:25 Everything Changes At 25
12:29 Costello and Your Hearing
13:10 The New Neuron Myth
14:10 Anosmia: Losing Smell
15:13 Neuronal Birthdays Near Our Death Day
16:45 Circumstances for Brain Change
17:21 Brain Space
18:30 No Nose, Eyes, Or Ears
19:30 Enhanced Hearing and Touch In The Blind
20:20 Brain Maps of The Body Plan
21:00 The Kennard Principle (Margaret Kennard)
21:36 Maps of Meaning
23:00 Awareness Cues Brain Change
25:20 The Chemistry of Change
26:15 A Giant Lie In The Universe
27:10 Fathers of Neuroplasticity/Critical Periods
29:30 Competition Is The Route to Plasticity
32:30 Correcting The Errors of History
33:29 Adult Brain Change: Bumps and Beeps
36:25 What It Takes to Learn
38:15 Adrenalin and Alertness
40:18 The Acetylcholine Spotlight
42:26 The Chemical Trio For Massive Brain Change
44:10 Ways To Change Your Brain
46:16 Love, Hate, & Shame: all the same chemical
47:30 The Dopamine Trap
49:40 Nicotine for Focus
53:30 How to Focus
55:22 Adderall: Use & Abuse
56:40 Seeing Your Way To Mental Focus
1:05:30 An Ear Toward Learning
1:06:14 The Best Listeners In The World
1:07:20 Agitation is Key
1:07:40 ADHD & ADD: Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
1:12:00 Ultra(dian) Focus
1:13:30 When Real Change Occurs
1:16:20 How Much Learning Is Enough?
1:16:50 Learning In (Optic) Flow/Mind Drift
1:25:15 Learning With Repetition, Forming Habits
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What Makes Some Brains More Focused Than Others? | Marvin Chun | TEDxKFAS
Faced with overwhelming amounts of information and an increasing need to multitask, how can our brains focus on important tasks and avoid distractions? Cognitive neuroscience researcher Dr. Marvin Myungwoo Chun discusses why some people more attentive than others, allowing them to perform better at school, sports, and in the workplace. He also reveals the difference in our brains that explain superior performance, and gives tips on how to enhance our focus.
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Dr. Marvin Myungwoo Chun is an award-winning cognitive neuroscience researcher and psychology professor who received the highest teaching prize at Yale University. He is the Richard M. Colgate Professor of Psychology at Yale, with joint appointments in the Cognitive Science Program and the School of Medicine Department of Neurobiology. He also serves as the John B. Madden Master of Berkeley College. He received his B.A. from Yonsei University, his Ph.D. from MIT and his postdoctoral training at Harvard. His research has been honored with early career awards from the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and as a scientific advisor on the NIKE (Sport) Performance Council.
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The Productivity Project | Chris Bailey | Talks at Google
Chris Bailey is on a mission to share his journey of exploring his passion: productivity. For a full year he tried everything to become more productive, conducting dozens of productivity experiments on himself. Since then and over the last decade, Bailey has researched and experimented with every technique under the sun to discover what works and what doesn’t. His best selling book, The Productivity Project, offers insights and best practices that will help everyone accomplish more.
How To Trick Your Brain Into Falling Asleep | Jim Donovan | TEDxYoungstown
Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician, Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University and TEDx speaker. His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance. He specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on people with disabilities and people recovering from addiction. Donovan performs with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root. There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movie Ice Age and became the first song on Mars where it “woke up” NASA’s Mars Rover. Jim Donovan M.Ed. is a professional musician and Assistant Professor at Saint Francis University. His mission is to share the healing power of music through education and performance. He specializes in placing music and wellness programs in organizations who focus on people with disabilities and people recovering from addiction. Donovan performs with his band Sun King Warriors and was a founding member of the 3-time platinum band Rusted Root. There he co-wrote the song “Send Me on My Way” featured in the movie Ice Age and became the first song on Mars where it “woke up” NASA’s Mars Rover. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
Productivity and Attention: “Hyperfocus” by Chris Bailey - BOOK VIDEO SUMMARY
“Hyperfocus: how to be more productive in a world of distraction”, is Chris Bailey’s 2nd book. In The Productivity Project he experimented with the 3 ingredients of productivity: time, attention, and energy. In Hyperfocus, he zeroes in on ATTENTION with a practical “how-to” guide to improve focus.
After noticing how difficult it was for him to stay focused, Chris wanted to create an antidote to working in a world of distraction. It’s not the book he wanted to WRITE, but the book he wanted to READ!
THE BIG IDEA
Our attention is the most constrained ingredient we have to living a great life.
If you let your mind get distracted by meaningless emails, shallow social media updates, and constant alerts from your phone… you won’t be able to complete any fulfilling, important tasks.
As a result, when your time is spent mostly on “empty” tasks, you will end up feeling empty inside too. So the key to living a better life is to manage your attention deliberately.
It's NOT our fault that we’re distracted so often. Our brain is actually wired to focus on anything that's pleasurable, threatening, or novel. When we're bouncing around a bunch of apps on our phone, our brain gets fired up and excited.
Sadly, even if you go to an opera, you'll notice half the people fiddling with their phones. It's a beautiful experience to soak in a concert or other performance, but people choose to focus their attention on a far less meaningful activity.
So we have to work hard in order to be able to control our attention:
1. First choose a productive or meaningful object for your attention.
2. Then, eliminate potential distractions by taming what's novel around you. Maybe move your phone to another room so you can focus on reading a book.
3. And when you focus, be mindful. Your attention has a rhythm and your mind will naturally wander off. So you have to be aware of this and draw your attention back.
THE ROLE OF MEDITATION
Managing your attention only gets better with practice. And a great way to practice is to meditate. Because that’s what meditation is all about. Sitting still and focusing on a very mundane thing like your breath. Your mind will soon get bored and wander off, over and over.
But as you heighten your awareness of your mind’s wandering, you can control it. And you can bring your attention back to your breath. After a while, you’ll start noticing the benefits: you should be able to stay focused on meaningful tasks more easily, and control your attention for longer.
You will benefit the most simply by actively choosing what you focus on. Don’t let yourself react to the emails pouring into your inbox. We all spend too much time on autopilot mode, where we simply react to whatever’s coming our way. But our attention is really worth managing deliberately, for a more productive AND better life!
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A More Human Approach to Productivity | Chris Bailey | TEDxLiverpool
Chris Bailey has been obsessed with the subject of productivity for more than a decade. In this talk, he argues that productivity doesn't have to feel cold and corporate—and that it’s possible to get more done every day without hating the process. Drawing from a decade's worth of research, as well as his yearlong productivity project, Chris argues that the best way to become more productive is to manage our time, attention, and energy better. In addition to sharing this more human approach to productivity, Chris concludes by providing 5 practical ways we can all get more done every day.
Chris has experimented with every productivity technique under the sun including what it’s like to live like a caveman! His latest book The Productivity Project is based on his innovative research and underlines the claim that Chris might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet” (TED talks).
When Chris graduated University, he received two full-time job offers, but decided to decline them both to dedicate a full year of his life to exploring his passion: productivity. Over the past decade his experimentation continued and his work has received national and international media attention from The New York Times, Fortune, Fast Company, Lifehacker, New York Magazine, and countless others. Every month his work is read by about 200,000 people from almost every country around the world. You can view Chris’s work at ALifeofProductivity.com.
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HOW TO GET YOUR BRAIN TO FOCUS BY CHRIS BAILEY
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When Chris Bailey completed his Bachelor of Business Administration last May, he received two excellent job offers, but declined them both and opted to start a project called A Year of Productivity. For his project, Chris read lots of books on productivity, he conducted many interviews with the most productive people in the world, he himself became the subject of his experiences in productivity, such as meditating for 35 hours during a week, living in complete isolation from the world for 10 days, and watched more than 70 hours of TED conferences in one week. The results of his experiments were seen and read by hundreds of thousands of people from around the world. Chris talks about what he has learned throughout his project.
Quand Chris Bailey a terminé son baccalauréat en gestion des affaires en mai dernier, on lui a fait deux excellentes offres d'emploi, mais il a plutôt opté de démarrer un projet intitulé « A Year of Productivity ». Pour réaliser son projet, Chris lit le plus de livres possible sur la productivité, il fait des interviews avec les personnes les plus productives au monde, et il se fait le sujet de ses expériences de productivité, comme par exemple, méditer pendant 35 heures au cours d'une semaine, s'isoler complètement du monde pendant 10 jours, et regarder 70 heures de conférences TED en une semaine. Les compte rendus de Chris ont été vus par des centaines de milliers de personnes de partout sur la planète, et on a pu lire sur le blogue TED officiel qu'il est « peut-être l'homme le plus productif que l'on peut souhaiter rencontrer ». Chris va parler de ce qu'il a appris tout au long du projet.
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