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How To Be the Most Productive Person You Know w/ Chris Bailey

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“Productivity isn’t about how much you produce; it’s about how much you accomplish.”
— Chris Bailey

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today, I’m excited to welcome back one of the most entertaining, engaging, and personable guests we’ve had on the show – productivity expert Chris Bailey. For this of you who don’t know, Chris is a life-long productivity enthusiast and devoted a year of his life to testing every productivity hack and strategy and blogging about it. His blog exploded in popularity, and so this week, Chris is publishing his much-anticipated book, The Productivity Project, through Crown Publishing and Penguin Random House. Because you guys loved the previous episode so much, I just had to have him back on the show to take a deeper-dive into some of his techniques, strategies, and wisdoms shared in the book.


In this episode, we discuss some of the more nitty-gritty details of how to achieve peak productivity, and Chris was kind enough to share so much of the wisdom and so many teachings of his book in such an engaging and informative way on the podcast. Just like last time, the episode is not only packed with actionable takeaways that you can put into practice TODAY, but it’s also freaking hilarious. Chris is an absolute delight, and he had me cracking up half the show. We did have a little bit of a connection issue, so at times it might seem a little disjointed, but I think for the most part everything got ironed out in editing, so not to worry.


This episode is brought to you by the all new SuperLearner Academy!

This episode is brought to you by the all new SuperLearner Academy!

In our second episode with Chris Bailey, we discuss:

  • What Chris has been working on while in “lockdown” mode
  • The benefits of having an editor for providing perspective
  • Why email is evil, and how you can cut it down as much as possible
  • Where should you begin if you want to increase your productivity?
  • What are the 2 different ways that a task can be valuable?
  • The differences between producing more vs. accomplishing more
  • Time vs. Attention vs. Energy – and how to manage each
  • Why your brain resists high impact work in favor of busy work
  • What factors make a task high-risk for procrastination or aversiveness
  • Practical Buddhism and meditation – and how they relate to productivity
  • The idea of biological prime time and when you should work
  • Why Chris Bailey’s publishers might have to add an “anti-masturbation talk” clause in his contract (ha!)
  • How would Chris Bailey set up for a “productivity-0ff” against our previous guest Ari Meisel
  • Willpower, and how to maintain it for things like New Years resolutions
  • How “mindfulness” relates to productivity and working deliberately in the moment
  • What’s the main difference between a monk and a cocaine-fueled stock trader?
  • How to beat the temptation of technology that distracts us
  • Why Chris Bailey is devoted to meditation for life
  • Why “time management” is BS – and what the alternative is
  • What are the more crazy, weird, and bizarre experiments that Chris did while researching his book?
  • How does Chris Bailey measure his productivity, and how has that changed over time?

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Favorite Quotes from Chris Bailey:

“It’s almost impossible to look at the world without any bias.”
“Why do anything if you’re not going to do it right?”
“Not all tasks are created equal.”
“We have 3 ingredients that we combine over the course of every day in order to get stuff done. Our time… our attention… and our energy.”
“When the day is done, what have you accomplished?… A lot of people are left with nothing at the end of the day.”
“92% of people who make New Years resolutions fail at them.”
“I think that for every minute that you meditate, you make back at least 2 minutes in productivity that day.”


Jonathan Levi is an experienced entrepreneur and angel investor from Silicon Valley.

After successfully selling his Inc 5,000 rated startup in April of 2011, Levi enlisted the help of speed-reading expert and university professor Anna Goldentouch, who tutored him in speed-reading, advanced memorization, and more. Levi saw incredible results while earning his MBA from INSEAD, and later went on to teach a best-selling online course on the subject. With this unique skill, he has become a proficient lifehacker, optimizing and "hacking" such processes as travel, sleep, language learning, and fitness.

  • Lizzy

    I just wanted to say that so far, this is by far my favorite episode of this podcast. I recently began listening to some old episodes about 4 weeks ago, and I am a huge fan of all of them. I think the format & the content is always on point, organized, and wonderful to listen to. Not to mention super inspiring. But this one had me literally laughing out loud as I listened while walking the dog. As a person who has attended Burning Man and other “transformative” festivals, I loved everything you had to share about going to the regional. I look forward to listening to more and hearing more anecdotes about that! 🙂 Thanks for all that you do, and all the great teachers you bring on board with you!