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How to Get Your Brain to Focus | Chris Bailey | TEDxManchester

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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
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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.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at
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Boost Your Focus

In this episode, I’ll be explaining how this challenge will help you to boost your focus throughout the day.

The Kwik Challenge is for people who want to create positive change in their lives—to take the knowledge and turn it into power. Change doesn’t have to be difficult. All habit change starts with simple tiny steps, and before you know it you’ll be heading toward a new destination—the little things will add up to something much bigger!

By doing this challenge, you will:

* Stimulate brain-derived neurotrophic factors
* Make new brain connections
* Have better time management
* Increase your confidence-competence loop
* And more!

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3 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing Hard Work

Sometimes, you sit down with the best of intentions and... nothing gets done. Like Eddie Morra at the beginning of Limitless, you put in the time, stay in the room, and yet the inspiration refuses to strike.

Other times, you just intend to jot something down and end up getting a ton of work done almost by accident. But it's not actually an accident; you've just successfully tricked your brain into working.

In this video, I'll share three ways you can successfully pull off this trick.

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The art of focus – a crucial ability | Christina Bengtsson | TEDxGöteborg

How do you bring out the best in yourself? According to Christina Bengtsson –
Swedish world champion in precision shooting – the answer lies in the word
“focus”. It is a phenomenon she has spent her whole career exploring and she warns us that part of the next generation may not possess this ability. Currently, our intense society keeps vying for our attention via media and technology and this is distracting us from breaking personal records. In this talk, Christina teaches us how to stay present and shares her captivating story of literally going from zero to hero by using the power of focus.

Christina Bengtsson is a world class athlete, author, lecturer, entrepreneur, and
military officer in the Swedish Armed Forces. Her book ”The art of focus – 10,9” gives us tangible advice on how to control our thoughts and stay focused in both our professional and personal life.

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After watching this, your brain will not be the same | Lara Boyd | TEDxVancouver

In a classic research-based TEDx Talk, Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity gives you the power to shape the brain you want. Recorded at TEDxVancouver at Rogers Arena on November 14, 2015.

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Our knowledge of the brain is evolving at a breathtaking pace, and Dr. Lara Boyd is positioned at the cutting edge of these discoveries. In 2006, she was recruited by the University of British Columbia to become the Canada Research Chair in Neurobiology and Motor Learning. Since that time she has established the Brain Behaviour Lab, recruited and trained over 40 graduate students, published more than 80 papers and been awarded over $5 million in funding.

Dr. Boyd’s efforts are leading to the development of novel, and more effective, therapeutics for individuals with brain damage, but they are also shedding light on broader applications. By learning new concepts, taking advantage of opportunities, and participating in new activities, you are physically changing who you are, and opening up a world of endless possibility.

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How to Build FOCUS and CONCENTRATION - For Studying and Work (animated)

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How to Build FOCUS and CONCENTRATION - For Studying and Work (animated)

Do you find it difficult to focus on the task at hand because your mind keeps wandering?
Do you worry too much or have too many things to do, that you can't sit down and concentrate on one thing?

Learning how to focus every day is a must.
There is no one way to do it, that's why I'm sharing three tips on how to find it.

Remove distractions.
Before you can add, you will need to subtract.

Meditate and read.
If you are completely relaxed and stress-free, then your mind will also work more efficiently.

Slowly build up your focus stamina.
Each person may start off with a certain amount of focus, but rest assured that this is something that can be improved over time.

Working From Home: How to Stay Focused

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When you work from home, you work near all your favorite distractions - your personal computer, game consoles, family, favorite snacks, and more. Plus, home just often doesn't feel like a good work spot. It can be hard to get started.

But what if you HAVE to work from home - like many of us do right now? In this video, I'll share a process that will help you stop procrastinating, pick a task, and stay focused on it.

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The Latest Science on Enhancing Focus and Developing a Growth Mindset with Dr. Andrew Huberman

Everyone wants to change their brain to think, feel, and act better, but how? Visual focus and mental focus are directly linked to one another via specific circuits in the brain. If we want to get better at focusing on tasks for the sake of learning, listening better, or engaging neuroplasticity we not only need to limit external distractions, we need to limit internal distractions through specific mindsets and behaviors.

On today’s Broken Brain Podcast, our host Dhru talks to Dr. Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist and tenured Professor in the Department of Neurobiology at the Stanford University School of Medicine. He has made numerous important contributions to the fields of brain development, brain function, and neural plasticity.

Dr. Huberman is a McKnight Foundation and Pew Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Cogan Award in 2017, which is given to the scientist making the largest discoveries in the study of vision. His lab’s most recent work focuses on the influence of vision and respiration on human performance and brain states such as fear and courage. Work from the Huberman Laboratory at Stanford Medical School has been published in top journals including Nature, Science, and Cell and has been featured in TIME, Scientific American, Discover, on BBC, and other top media outlets.

In this episode, Dhru and Dr. Huberman dive deep into the topic of visual science and the connection between vision and the brain, and how our eyes are not connected to the brain, they are the brain. They discuss how to optimize our brain through performing specific actions each day, and how these set and enforce our cellular and circadian rhythm. They also talk about the importance of a growth mindset, and how we can cultivate motivation and sustain momentum in achieving our goals.

In this episode, we dive into:

- The connection between vision and the brain (6:13)
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for trauma, PTSD, anxiety, and depression (11:41)
- Why looking at your phone at night can lead to memory defects (16:37)
- Why the brightness of light is key when it comes to optimizing your circadian rhythm (21:10)
- How the nervous system triggers the immune system (38:37)
- How to enhance mental focus and create a growth mindset (49:48)
- The benefits of yoga nidra and how it enhances neuroplasticity (1:07:24)
- What Dr. Huberman does to focus (1:11:26)
- Why being hydrated helps you stay alert (1:14:08)
- Where to learn more about Dr. Huberman (1:26:36)

For more on Dr. Andrew Huberman, you can follow him on Instagram @hubermanlab, and through his website

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How I Tricked My Brain To Like Doing Hard Things (dopamine detox)

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You probably don't have a problem playing video games or browsing social media on your phone. In fact I have no doubt you could sit in front of a screen and do both of those activities for 2 hours, or even longer without breaking your concentration.
But what about half an hour of studying? That might be too hard.
How about working on your side business for another hour? Doesn't sound too appealing.

Even though you logically know that studying, exercising, building a business or something equally productive, will bring you more benefits in the long run, you still prefer watching TV, playing video games and scrolling through social media.

One might argue that it's obvious why.
One activity is easy and doesn't require much effort, while the other activity is difficult and it requires you to apply yourself.

But some people seem to have no problem studying, exercising, or working on their side projects, regularly.

Which begs the question: Why are some people more motivated to tackle difficult things?
And is there a way to make doing difficult things, easy?

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How Smartphones Sabotage Your Brain's Ability to Focus | WSJ

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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

INTRODUCTION
“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.

KEY INSIGHT
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.

KEY LESSON
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.

CONCLUSION
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!

How to get your brain to focus. Speaking Chris Bailey

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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.

5 Lessons from The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

Today I'm sharing five lessons I took from reading The Productivity Project, which was written by Chris Bailey, the founder of A Life of Productivity.

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How To FOCUS Your Mind - Train Your Brain Easily!

I share 2 simple & effective steps that will help you train your mind so that you can focus easier & faster! The key is to only concentrate on one thing only and exercise your brain as often as possible with that technique. You will be able to stay focused for a longer time and be more productive as well!

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The path to meaningful work: Chris Bailey at TEDxGatineau

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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ASL Ted Talks (Episode 6) How to Get Your Brain to Focus Chris Bailey TEDxManchester

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Schedule:
Tuesdays and Thursdays: Ted Talks
Alternating Fridays: Musicals(This week is The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

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Improve my interpreting skills
Receive constructive criticism to grow further in my depiction of music and theatrical performances
This is not for my own fame
This is not to get Deaf attention
This is not for the hearing world to fetishize the skill of hearing interpreters
Legal notice: I do not own the music played in these videos, I am interpreting the music as best I can to make this transformative (under legal definition )

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