It sure is fun to jump head-first into something

by | May 1, 2013 | Housekeeping


Yesterday was an exciting day. A couple of minutes after sending out a bunch of messages to friends about launching A Year of Productivity, the site went down for several hours.

Luckily the site eventually did come back up, and a bunch of people attended the virtual grand opening ceremony – 155 to be exact! If you were one of them, thanks! And if you weren’t… Why do you have to do me like that?

Just kidding. You’re reading this. And honestly that’s really cool of you to do.

So what comes next? Well, a number of things.

The purpose of this project is to eat up as much as I can about productivity, and then share what I learn to make your and my life better. This site is yours just as much as it is mine, so if you have any suggestions for hacks to experiment with, books to read, or topics to write about, please send me a note through the contact page!

If you’d find a topic interesting and valuable, chances are other people would, too. And if you don’t have any ideas, don’t worry, I have more than enough for the both of us.

What I’ll be up to today:

  1. Narrowing down a list of topics I’m going to cover, and when I’m going to cover them. Procrastination, careers, meditation, sleep, focus, and more. And after narrowing down that list, finding out who would be the best people to interview for those articles.
  2. Making a list of the books I’m going to tackle. Up first on the reading list: The Power of Habit, The Willpower Instinct, The Element, and Mindset. And I’ll post how many pages I read each day here. The goal isn’t to read and regurgitate what I read (though I’ll still obviously pass along the more interesting tidbits). The goal is to take what’s in the books and reduce it to the most practical, tactical elements to make both of us more productive. (If you’re curious, a list of books I’ve read is here.)
  3. Making a list of the hacks I’m going to be making to my life. I can’t wait to tell you about these.

If you have a productivity-related topic or book you would love to see covered on this site, please drop me a note via the contact form! Please contact me! Oh God, I’m so lonely.

Written by Chris Bailey

Chris Bailey has written hundreds of articles on the subject of productivity and is the author of three books: How to Calm Your Mind, Hyperfocus, and The Productivity Project. His books have been published in more than 40 languages. Chris writes about productivity on this site and speaks to organizations around the globe on how they can become more productive without hating the process.

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