HyperFocus Book Summary: How to Work Less to Achieve More

HyperFocus by Chris Bailey

HyperFocus book talks about how you can increase 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 whether the task will make any difference in your life or not?

When I was reading the HyperFocus book, the one thought I had is “I already know what Chris Bailey is talking about” but yes, the book give me further clarity on how I can manage my time and refreshed my memory on management.


“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. – Chris Bailey

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

“Ask yourself: After consuming one of those products, will you be happy with how you invested your time and attention?” – Chris Bailey

So today, let me share with you some of the lessons I have learned and much more…

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HyperFocus Book Summary

Chris Bailey author of HyperFocus book 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 freshen up my mind and gives me a clear idea about what suppose to be done next and how…

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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.

So now let’s talk about each mode further because there is nothing more in the book than the focused mode (Hyperfocus) and the creative mode (Scatterfocus).

By the way, the books also talk about habits, and to understand the habits, make sure you read the Atomic Habits by James Clear.

Four Stages of Hyperfocus

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

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

Reading and applying in real life is kind of hard but it’s not impossible…

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 that I suppose to do.

For Example, I have written that I will write HyperFocus Book Summary first in the 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, how your mind feels.

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

There Stages of Scatterfocus

  • Capture
  • Problem-Crunching
  • Habitual

The Scatterfocus is all about letting ideas enter into 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.


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.

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