How to Get Your Brain to Focus | Chris Bailey | TEDxManchester

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The latest research is clear: the state of our attention determines the state of our lives. So how do we harness our attention to focus deeper, get distracted less, and even become more creative? 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.
Follow Chris on @chris_bailey Chris Bailey was recently described by TED as possibly “the most productive man you’d ever hope to meet”. He is the international bestselling author of Hyperfocus and The Productivity Project, which have been published in sixteen languages. Chris works with organisations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.
To date, Chris has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity, and has garnered coverage in media as diverse as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York magazine, The Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, TED, Fortune, Fast Company, and Lifehacker. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at www.ted.com/tedx






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Lara Khazy
Lara Khazy Hace 7 horas
One of The best motivational video i have ever watched👏🏼 thanks
Zalfa Daulah
Zalfa Daulah Hace 13 horas
i feel like i have the worst focus problem, :( dont have any idea, help me
cheeze Hace un día
Watching this while trying to do my homework
Ashley Anne
Ashley Anne Hace un día
Nguyenthi Camtu
Nguyenthi Camtu Hace un día
It's my luckiness to watch it. Thank you
Aysu Abbasova
Aysu Abbasova Hace 2 días
I literally enjoy watching this man while jumping up and down with full of excitement
chakibe bouali
chakibe bouali Hace 2 días
and he's hot!
Panda Culture
Panda Culture Hace 3 días
Good video
Aris Giannakos
Aris Giannakos Hace 3 días
Simply, give your mind space to think and wonder, do not get overstimulated by electronic devices or random things that are not necessary in the moment.
Badro Seba
Badro Seba Hace 3 días
I liked the video and Chris was amazing too.. big thanx mate
Victor Ortiz
Victor Ortiz Hace 4 días
Who else is watching on their phone
zerstörer skiller
zerstörer skiller Hace 4 días
If you want your mind to wander far far further than anything he describes in his talk, try acid
quAdxify Hace 5 días
Nice talk but the part about ideas coming when you are not focusing is wrong IMO. Great ideas come to me when I focus on something really hard and get into the zone, then suddenly, a totally disconnected idea pops up. However, it never happens while doing nothing and yes it also doesn't happen if you try to make it happen.
Sushmitha Bhat
Sushmitha Bhat Hace 5 días
Humans: Spend all the energy to invent something (like a phone) and then spend double the energy to stay away from it :p.
Shafiq Ahmad
Shafiq Ahmad Hace 22 horas
hahahhh.really cool saying :)
Diogo Correia
Diogo Correia Hace 6 días
I'm feeling guelty for watching this on my phone while doing so many things 😅
Danh Huynh
Danh Huynh Hace 7 días
Team tập nghe english
mrbrian Hace 7 días
I would go insane if i didn't have my phone for at least a week. Especially in these difficult times
Amit Mehla
Amit Mehla Hace 8 días
just do meditation u will get focus on your goal..its easy way for anybody
DENIS OTIENO Hace 9 días
interesting points ,if anyone else needs to find out about how to focus try Loctavan Fast Focusing Strategy( search on google ) ? Ive heard some unbelievable things about it and my buddy got cool success with it.
Yining Li
Yining Li Hace 11 días
yeah! I focused to finish the whole video!
Julián Cobos Suárez
Julián Cobos Suárez Hace 11 días
I loved to watch this. Thank you
It's Calvin
It's Calvin Hace 11 días
Okay...i've watched the video for 15 minutes, now i have 15 minutes left to use my phone for the day...
Bella Bella
Bella Bella Hace 13 días
Ashish Mehta
Ashish Mehta Hace 13 días
watching this on all my screens!
Widya Susanto
Widya Susanto Hace 14 días
For those of you who using Android, I recommend to use your "Do Not Disturb" feature, its very great. You can still use your apps but no notification will show up (messenger, news, games). I use this feature whenever i do my homework and still need to use google from my phone. So i'll only focus on using it for searching instead of getting distracted by notifications. You can also set up features "Work Time" and "Study Time" or any other u like, so then if u set up u'll only use google and spotify on study time, all of the other applications will go off and u can't open them.
Just A Bot
Just A Bot Hace 14 días
Can someone explain me what "overstimulation" means?
Abhishake Mishra
Abhishake Mishra Hace 14 días
So basically all you've got is a suggestion to do meditation🙄
Chawki Lord
Chawki Lord Hace 14 días
unfortunately i needed one of my devices to watch your video which in fact influenced my attention
Knowledge Hace 14 días
been there, done that, for 3 months in 2019. and some of my best ideas and how to make them happen came to me in that period of time
Richard Labeja
Richard Labeja Hace 15 días
Focus is now even more important than confidence when it comes to success. Without focus we can't even begin to learn to better ourselves or channel our energy into passion. Chris has given us some practical advice on how to build up our ability to focus. Thank you sir.
AMK_Kezy Hace 15 días
Ok, boomer.
ji8 p
ji8 p Hace 15 días
Sir, I am an Indian. I am lucky to have been bought a smartphone for the first time, add Google's gmail account to my mobile phone, atlast to reach to watch your TEDx talk on ESvid. You're 100% correct of what you want to convey to the world. But in present world, Technology plays an important role in getting information. Twenty five years ago, we were busy in reading Newspapers & current affairs magazine to get information from all over the world. But in the present situation, if you boycott technology, then people will say you've to be updated by buying technology gadgets which is very fast. I try to keep away from gadgets, but at any point of the day, I get attracted to my gadgets like iPhone, tablet, smartphone, smart watch, android Television.
George George
George George Hace 15 días
wait when he rediscovers meditation.. there's another passionate ted talk
Koala Man
Koala Man Hace 15 días
So.....who here’s watching this on a screen? 😂 What everyone?
A.T. Cunningham
A.T. Cunningham Hace 15 días
Sadly the only way that we get to watch this is a screen
Sogon Hace 15 días
I wonder if noise pollution and light pollution are things that cause us to be overstimulated.
Simon Samuel
Simon Samuel Hace 15 días
highlight 6:15
thatoldserpent Hace 16 días
What was this video about
Ron Kothari
Ron Kothari Hace 17 días
I am using this simple device to watch this
Gaurav Kumar
Gaurav Kumar Hace 17 días
That's meditation bro
Green Green
Green Green Hace 17 días
I'm distracted with all the TEDx recommendations. SMH
Dongkyu Kim
Dongkyu Kim Hace 17 días
The reason why we could not focus something is that we don’t have a curiosity on something. I highly suggest to you to have a interest from what you do daily like work, or minor things
Frickez Thias
Frickez Thias Hace 17 días
Every TED talk: "I tried this new thing...turns out it's DOPAMINE...Crazy right?"
Dhruva Veldi
Dhruva Veldi Hace 18 días
My brain trying hard to focus on the video!
Over Clover
Over Clover Hace 18 días
Yep thats me, right here. It is soo weird, its like i could think pretty much all the thing that ive been thinking all at the same time and it bother the heck out of me, i couldnt sleep, i lost my short term memories so easily. Does anybody understand what am i writing about ?
Aaron Michael
Aaron Michael Hace 19 días
As I watch this on my phone...
Guillermo Torro
Guillermo Torro Hace 19 días
How to get rid of a smartphone in a modern world we live today?
Toshaan Malik
Toshaan Malik Hace 19 días
15:56 minutes out of 30 went on watching this video 🙄
mohammed bendrissou
mohammed bendrissou Hace 21 un día
amazing video,I got more information about how to focus during life time especially on my study
Amin Assadi
Amin Assadi Hace 21 un día
This talk is awesome for me
Maria Pavlovic
Maria Pavlovic Hace 22 días
But it's not all about phone and technological distraction, often we zone out thinking about our problems or things that bother and that's why we're not focused on the present
Carlos Calderon
Carlos Calderon Hace 22 días
I liked this vdieo!!
Linh Do
Linh Do Hace 23 días
苏洪发 Hace 23 días
Jeremy Kucinski
Jeremy Kucinski Hace 23 días
Bold of you to assume I can focus long enough to watch this video
Lucas Hace 24 días
Not sure what his FOCUS is
MasterMT Hace 24 días
I cant even focus on the video
Ent Subs
Ent Subs Hace 24 días
TL;DW ? (Too long to watch?) -> Conclusion: "More Boredom (less brain stimulation) will result in stronger focus."
Geoffrey musyoka
Geoffrey musyoka Hace 24 días
Just when technology isn't working on favor
Bashayer Bebita
Bashayer Bebita Hace 26 días
What if I’m enjoying the distraction despite the fact that “I see myself and I see reality” - says Tufti the priestess
Antonio Espinal
Antonio Espinal Hace 26 días
"My life [is] a series of screens" Me watching this on my computer:
Sophia More
Sophia More Hace 27 días
Next time i need to calm my mind, absolutely i will think about KNITTING, i will try make baby's shoes, thank you!
mheboob khan
mheboob khan Hace 27 días
Why are you bouncing Mister ?
Pedro Rosa
Pedro Rosa Hace 27 días
Theodore Kaczynski was right...
VenusToEarth _
VenusToEarth _ Hace 28 días
A VERY helpful video
John Hace 29 días
I am watching it on my "phone"
critcyn ahole
critcyn ahole Hace 29 días
I read the title and immediately thought Jordan Belfort. Turned out it was just the same cliche about how smart phones lead to the de-evolution of the human species.
Edward Braceland
Edward Braceland Hace 29 días
Outstanding, thank you!
Arwa Abbas
Arwa Abbas Hace 29 días
You can also download Forest app on your phone it helps to focus.
Ethan Hace un mes
Lazy cunts
Lucie J
Lucie J Hace un mes
This is so good. I've replayed it like 17 times and haven't sat still to listen to it all yet but I will
adyasha sen
adyasha sen Hace un mes
Y'all have exams tomorrow don't you?
Lipina Dash
Lipina Dash Hace un mes
Great talk. I completely watched this and will definitely take this challenge
jack gamble
jack gamble Hace un mes
Speaker still is not quite there yet with his own ideas...notepad by your knitting area and notepad beside you during a massage???
tcetter Hace un mes
I watched this on my phone.
Roseanne Petersen
Roseanne Petersen Hace un mes
To settle my mind down, I found that listening to informative presentations or long news reports, that were important info to know but not particularly interesting to me, was great at building my concentration.
Tim Sailada
Tim Sailada Hace un mes
Found this video because I was distracted smh
galit p
galit p Hace un mes
The jews have the shabat, a day when we dont open tv, phon, qomuter, we making evning "kidush" like supper together all the famely wuth very specail food, and in the day to even twice... it is wanderfull day. Famely day. Gali from Israel
Subarna Subba
Subarna Subba Hace un mes
Traffic jam reference was the best
Paul Armstrong
Paul Armstrong Hace un mes
I think it's a good question ,but not a good answer.Because,the whole world keep running forward, no one can get rid of it.
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