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How to Get Your Brain to Focus: Chris Bailey (Full Transcript)

Chris Bailey at TEDxManchester

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 “If there’s one thing that I have found to be true after doing this deep dive into this world on how we focus, it’s that the state of our attention is what determines the state of our lives.” – Chris Bailey

In this talk at TEDxManchester, 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.

Following is the full transcript and summary of this talk titled How to Get Your Brain to Focus”.


Chris Bailey – Author

A few years ago, I began to observe something in my own behavior that made me a bit uncomfortable. And that was that from the moment that I woke up to the morning — to the end of the day, my life was a series of screens.

I started the day with the thing that woke me up first thing in the morning: my phone. And so I sat there in bed, watching various cooking videos on Instagram and bouncing around between a bunch of different applications.

But then it was time to get out of bed and cook breakfast. And so the thing that I focused then on, in addition to the omelette in the pan, was the iPad that was right next to the oven and then it was time to do some work. And so I went to a different screen which was attached to another screen itself, all the while this little devil on my wrist was tapping and beeping and blooping and distracting me as I was trying to get important stuff done.

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