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Chris Bailey

International Bestselling Author of The Productivity Project, Hyperfocus, and How to Calm Your Mind (all with Penguin Random House)

Productivity Expert & Consultant

When Chris Bailey graduated from university, he received two full-time job offers, but declined them both so he could dedicate a full year to exploring his passion: productivity. He documented his experiments in productivity on his popular blog, A Life of Productivity, and later in an internationally bestselling book, The Productivity Project (Penguin Random House). Bailey’s work has received national and international media attention from outlets like the New York Times, Lifehacker, Fast Company, New York Magazine, CBC, CTV, and many more. TED Talks organization has said that he “might be the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet.” Chris’s TEDx talk on the subject of his second book, Hyperfocus (Penguin Random House), has received over 10 million views. His next book, How to Calm Your Mind, was published in December 2022 with Penguin Random House.

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Keynote Lecture Topics

  • How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction

    Modeled after Chris’ bestselling new book, Hyperfocus, this talk reveals how effectively managing our attention hinges on working with greater intention, taming stimulating distractions in advance, and strategically unfocusing to take better mind wandering breaks. Customized to fit the unique needs of your audience, this talk has practical, counterintuitive takeaways, including: how to work with few distractions, how working fewer hours can increase your focus, and how to get more done by making your work harder, not easier.

  • A Fresh New Approach to Productivity

    Over the last decade, Chris has experimented with every productivity tactic under the sun, separating what works from what doesn’t. Drawing on his research, as well as peculiar productivity experiments—including using his smartphone for only an hour a day for three months, and meditating for 35 hours a week—this talk will transform how you and your audience think about productivity. Customized based on what will be most helpful for your audience, choosing from his arsenal of 25 proven-to-work productivity strategies, Chris will work with you to find the ideas that resonate the strongest and help your audience the most.

Chris Bailey travels from Kingston, Canada.


How to Calm Your Mind

Viking, December 27, 2022


Praise for Hyperfocus

Viking, August 27, 2018

“Becoming more productive isn’t about time management; it’s about attention management. I’d tell you more about that, but I lost my train of thought. Luckily this attention-grabbing book is here to help. Chris Bailey offers actionable, data-driven insights for sharpening your focus—and finding the right moments to blur it.”

—Adam Grant, author of Originals, Give and Take, and Option B
The Productivity Project

Praise for The Productivity Project

International Bestseller, Crown, January 5, 2016

“Here’s a book that promises, in the title, to pay for itself. And, the truth is, it will, in just a few days. And you’ll even enjoy the journey.”

—Seth Godin, author of Linchpin

Praise for How to Train Your Mind

#2 Bestseller on Audible, January 14, 2021