Obtained: Penguin Random House Canada, ARC
Publish date: January 5, 2016
Chris Bailey’s The Productivity Project came into my life at the perfect time. I was looking for a self-help book that would actually help me learn how to organize and live my life in a way that was best for me, and The Productivity Project definitely helped me gain some perspective and learn some interesting tricks to save time and use my energy effectively.
The Productivity Project is a book where Bailey delves into his copious research and numerous experiments, talking about how a person can use their time and energy efficiently – working smarter, not harder – to accomplish more with less effort, and keeping their energy levels up when they need to be up, or letting them plummet to get some proper rest.
What I loved so much about this book was that I would pick it up and not even feel like I was reading. I’m typically skeptical about books that tell me how to live my life, but Bailey’s writing style is so casual and friendly, that I felt like I was being given life advice from someone who was genuinely interested. It was very inspiring to learn how to make the most of what time we have and learn new ways to ensure you have energy to work, and still maintain all of the more personal aspects of your life such as family, friends, or hobbies.
Each chapter begins with a blurb explaining the contents of the chapter, and how long it should take you to read the chapter based on the average reading speed, and most chapters end with a challenge, where Bailey invites you to take a step towards being more productive based on the topic of the chapter. Needless to say, I dog-eared all of the challenge pages, and read through each chapter with a highlighter, ensuring that I got everything I could from this book.
I’ve begun this year with the idea that I want to take better care of myself, including such things as eating and sleeping better, stepping away from the screens more often, taking time to de-stress and not let myself get worried about everything so easily, and these are all things Bailey talks about in his book. By taking care of yourself, you end up saving energy for when you need it to work efficiently, and are able to relax when you need to recharge.
Overall, The Productivity Project is an amazingly helpful book. I’ve taken so many of the ideas from it and have already started to apply them to my life, and I highly encourage readers to do the same.