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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 https://www.ted.com/tedx


  1. i was supposed to focus on my week-long assignment which is due in 3hours, instead i decided to click on this video in order to focus

  2. Summary, we need to take a times that disconnect to the digital worlds. Easy but not easy 🙂

  3. Way to long of a talk to just arrive at the conclusion that we are overstimulated and should let our mind wander more.

  4. Feels like he reads from a paper. Doesn’t sounds right

  5. Shame he sounds so nervous. Hard to focus on


  7. I do the opposite. I multitask to learn. For example my digital piano is on my desk with my laptop. I learned Spanish online while I learned piano and just practiced both constantly. .

  8. Wise words from my Mother : Kids have to get bored or they will never get creative

  9. Im here to learn how to focus on game but i can't understand your language im Filipino (

  10. Signing out after this vid

  11. Summary: Use less technology and destimulate your mind for increased focus and ideas
    Speaker tells about various screens he sees all throughout the day and decides to take a phone-detox and noticed three things:

    1) Attention span grew

    2) More Ideas

    3) More plans

    Speaker did extensive research about the effect of technology on attention span.

    Speaker says that the symptom is that our brains are distracted but the deeper issue Is our brain crave distractions. Technology has a lot of stimulation which causes good-feeling hormones in the brain. It takes 8 days for the brain to adjust to less simulation. Above points 2 and 3 is because we allow our brains to wander – scatterfocus mode(or diffused mode) in which we think about the future half of the time. Ideas come when we are relaxed – our full attention is not captured. We like to think that ' Distraction is the enemy of focus' but the speaker says that over-stimulation is the real cause. Speaker has a 2-week challenge to reduce stimulation: Make your mind less stimulated- waste less time on the phone and disconnect every day. Rediscover boredom and scatter-focus.

  12. Ein sehr guter Redner. Probbs aus der Hood.

  13. Chris Bailey (born 1989) is a Canadian writer and productivity consultant, and the author of The Productivity Project (2016) and Hyperfocus (2018).

  14. I. love. what. Chris. is. saying. you. Should. do that. every day

  15. Just now I listened this video. this 15 min I listened without any distraction, so this is the first achievement for the.
    Thanks for the TED.

  16. Is there anyone here who is also in computer science? I have enjoyed practicing this guy's teachings, but it is also counteractive considering my major. Any thoughts?

  17. its hard to focus on what he is sayinh

  18. Thank you sharing knowledge 🙏 beautifully explained

  19. Omg this is insane! I just started knitting and thought of making a TED talk play list for me to listen while I knit!
    I even named it "knit & listen".
    This was my first video in it because I have been struggling with phone addiction and problems with focus and concentration.
    I had no idea he would suggest knitting! I feel like witch! Crazy coinsidence.

  20. Incrível! Hoje me desafiei a assistir esse vídeo em inglês. Estou no primeiro período de inglês e consegui entender o intuito do video! Vou praticar : Focus on my life and less on phone! Thank you so much! ❤️🙏🏻

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