HyperFocus Summary – Must Read in Your 20s

HyperFocus by Chris Bailey

HyperFocus is about how you can increase your concentration by focusing on one task at one time, by doing this, you will be able to understand your mind better and will be able to tell what kind of tasks are important and which tasks will waste your time.

Powerful Quotes From HyperFocus

“We are what we pay attention to, and almost nothing influences our productivity and creativity as much as the information we’ve consumed in the past.

“An unfortunate truth is that the brain is not built to do knowledge work, it’s wired for survival and reproduction.”

“Ask yourself: After consuming one of those products (ex; Facebook, Instagram, or even Twitter), will you be happy with how you invested your time and attention?”

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HyperFocus Summary

Chris Bailey author of HyperFocus talks about the two most productive modes: the focused mode (Hyperfocus) and the creative mode (Scatterfocus).

  • Focused mode is where you work on one project at one time without any kind of distraction, there is no need to check the smartphone or jump to watch another YouTube video, the only thing you do is the project you suppose to do.
  • Creative mode is where ideas are born in your brain, for me whenever I feel that I don’t know what to write than I usually take a walk or shower. That freshens my mind and gives me a clear idea about what should be done next and how…

By the way, the book has tons of examples because the author has researched a lot, so here, I have just given the peace of pie.

Also, Chris also talks about habits, and to understand habits, make sure you read Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Now, let’s dive into the book…

Four Stages of Hyperfocus

  1. Choose a task that you want to focus on.
  2. Eliminate all distractions.
  3. Focus your attention on that task alone.
  4. Redirect your mind whenever it’s distracted by something.

Don’t you feel, it’s as simple as it looks,

Let me give you my example,

I plan my day in advance, let’s say, today is Sunday then I will plan for Monday in advance, I will write down all the important tasks I suppose to do.

For Example, I have written that I will write HyperFocus Book Summary on Monday Morning.

Here, is what I do…

  • Open the HyperFocus book.
  • Note down all the bookmarks.
  • I will read some of the book summaries on other websites.
  • Watch some videos about the book.
  • Again, I will mark down the bullet points in my notebook.
  • Now is the time to open Google docs and start writing, by the way, I keep my smartphone silent when I write.

For those who are wondering, I don’t keep my smartphone in other rooms because that takes away my attention from work and my mind will focus more on the smartphone than on work.

Now, this works for me, now, in your case, you have to experiment and see, what works for you.

That’s it, it’s a simple thing, so don’t make it complicated and try to do the things you love, and your mind will reward you for that.

There Stages of Scatterfocus

  1. Capture
  2. Problem-Crunching
  3. Habitual

Scatterfocus is all about letting ideas enter your brain, this will only happen if you make yourself free.

If you’re working on some project or writing a book, sometime you will run out of ideas and this is that time when you should take a small break…

You can take bath, go for a run, take a small vacation, go for a long drive, or read books.

Taking long walks helps me to focus on my work, for you, it might be different.

By the way, when going for a run, don’t take a smartphone with you or anything else, just go for walk and you will see the magic.

Your mind will automatically give you ideas, you just have to be relaxed and don’t argue with the thoughts you’re having, just observe the mind.

HyperFocus Review

To get the best out of yourself, you need to be happy and healthy, you should exercise every day, read books, spend time with your loved ones, and don’t think too much about the past and future, and be in present…

The book didn’t give me anything new but it refreshed my mind. The book is well-researched which you will know when you read the first chapter.

After reading this book, one thing is for sure, you won’t waste your time on unnecessary things…

So should you read the HyperFocus Book? the answer is YES but read it when you haven’t read books like Atomic Habit, Rework, or even the 7 habits of highly effective people.

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