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

  • Published on Apr 5, 2019
  • 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

Comments • 989

    ELIMU YA MTAA 15 hours ago

    Mobile phones is the future so we need to learn to live with them rather than thinking how to get rid of them

  • Pim Kouwenhoven
    Pim Kouwenhoven 22 hours ago

    Ended up here in search for stimulation

  • Richard Howell-Peak
    Richard Howell-Peak 23 hours ago

    I didn't finish this video because I saw some cool

  • Elizabeth Kalhar
    Elizabeth Kalhar 2 days ago

    I go weeks without my phone when I get grounded and still rarely do my homework. In fact, I have a 4 part essay due Monday and I haven't even started it :)

  • MumblePie
    MumblePie 2 days ago

    Worst TEDx talk eveer

  • MumblePie
    MumblePie 2 days ago

    Was he trying to show of with the amount of papers i have more then that just on one midterm exam

  • Atharv Bhange
    Atharv Bhange 3 days ago

    So glad i clicked on this video.

  • Pratik Shetty
    Pratik Shetty 3 days ago +1

    Good Talk, thanks for sharing 👍

  • Not Black yo
    Not Black yo 3 days ago

    Who’s ted and why does he talk so much?

  • John 'Soap' Mactavish

    Thanks man

  • Abhishek Sharma
    Abhishek Sharma 4 days ago

    I totally learn(exam mocks practice etc) through laptop how can I disconnected with it.Yeah phone is possible to disconnect

  • Robin Chang Chang
    Robin Chang Chang 4 days ago

    Its ironic that im seeing this video while cooking 😂😂

  • Madhusudan sahu Sah
    Madhusudan sahu Sah 4 days ago

    I have a problem of over masturbation beacuse of this i could not concentrate on my studies

  • Starlight5
    Starlight5 5 days ago

    As I listen to this I am also checking facebook and replying and posting comments here! Very pitiful. Maybe you should dance like a chip n dale dancer to keep me focused AND entertained?? Hehe

  • Miss Dipika
    Miss Dipika 5 days ago

    Have to learn to deal with my phone! Enough.

  • Madlax Lee
    Madlax Lee 5 days ago

    After I ate 8 burgers and re-logged in my social media account millions of time, you know, just in case. But nope, no such a stimulation came out.

  • Jingjing Zeng
    Jingjing Zeng 6 days ago +1

    it's hard to focus on watching this video without subtitle.

  • Asim Khan
    Asim Khan 6 days ago

    BTW I am seeing this on my fone.

  • MecchaKakkoii
    MecchaKakkoii 7 days ago

    TL;DW 12:28

  • Chevy Deeler
    Chevy Deeler 7 days ago

    I was unsubbed!!

  • Manou Chaa
    Manou Chaa 8 days ago

    Omg i really like those discourses

  • Earn With Hearn
    Earn With Hearn 8 days ago +4

    This dude took too long so I lost focus after 30 seconds. I'm screwed....

  • abdullah albattashi
    abdullah albattashi 8 days ago

    Ted, Please include the same tune ( that u use in the beginning of every video) in this because that is the que that makes us go into Ted mode

  • ccwright24
    ccwright24 8 days ago


  • iulia
    iulia 8 days ago

    I do this!

    I let my mind wander for hours in class

  • marlyn antonio
    marlyn antonio 8 days ago

    He’s right

  • gnana sekaran
    gnana sekaran 9 days ago

    We all have intensions but working on those things doesn't give us a hit(pleasure), so we give up on our ideas. The ideas which could have been productive if we have given our unwavering attention.
    So give some time for yourself, your true self to step on to SOLITUDE so that the ideas and intensions that you have might take a chance to bloom into actions. Those actions will be sure PROCDUCTIVE and FULLFILLING.
    Just have FAITH in your innerself.

  • KookingK
    KookingK 9 days ago

    this video just took 15 minutes of my 30 minutes gadget time

  • lamp
    lamp 9 days ago

    i´m focus on comments

  • Lest lau
    Lest lau 9 days ago

    first step what u need to do is focusing on this video man🤔

  • Nistexa Nishaa
    Nistexa Nishaa 10 days ago

    I can't even focus to watch the whole video 😢

  • CTCuberHD
    CTCuberHD 10 days ago +1

    I only got 40 seconds into the video but I don't know why

  • BeCoolHaveFun
    BeCoolHaveFun 10 days ago

    Who else scrolled the videos on the right during the video?

  • Iprofessional
    Iprofessional 10 days ago

    And this took 15 minutes of my 30 minutes

  • Tommyli
    Tommyli 11 days ago

    I would like to add an important footnote to this interesting presentation; Attention without Intention is wasted time. Be intentional with your time, pause and reflect, and you will surely reap the benifits. I feel this message is much stronger than "turn off your phone".

  • Ador Caraang
    Ador Caraang 12 days ago

    who's here because of exams?

  • Nelson Voo
    Nelson Voo 12 days ago +1

    cant watch ted talk when u are disconnected eh?

  • Tobias Eckerstorfer
    Tobias Eckerstorfer 12 days ago

    Are we allowed to download TED Talk videos?

  • Fan Pet
    Fan Pet 12 days ago +8

    Ironically I had to make myself focus to learn how to focus

  • Everson Moreira
    Everson Moreira 13 days ago

    That´s the thougest issue from our tecnology that we carry daily in our pockets

  • Brian Keith MacDonald
    Brian Keith MacDonald 13 days ago

    What's the TL;DR? I was on my phone & distracted (seriously...)

  • Amey Mahajan
    Amey Mahajan 14 days ago

    Hey I must be a champ by now🤔🤔

  • Michael Liu
    Michael Liu 15 days ago

    Go Air Canada...

  • Gabriele k
    Gabriele k 15 days ago

    Thank you so much :) so helpful

  • Josh Argyle
    Josh Argyle 15 days ago +1

    Dude im so high you are wigging me out with all the screens

  • Nature Lover
    Nature Lover 16 days ago

    This vdo is useless.... except GOd , nobody can teach u to focus.... and god teaches many souls to focus including me..... now i can focus in any rigid condition

  • Vitolds Skutans
    Vitolds Skutans 17 days ago

    Watching this while eating dinner 🙄

  • learn calm
    learn calm 17 days ago

    The problem is not digital items. 1The problem your brain how actually works.
    2You right side or left side.
    3 some can listen carefully others can read carefully
    4 best is to make one sense works
    Turn off the lights and listening
    Or turn off the lights and keep only for the book so you can read with full focus

  • fiffeel
    fiffeel 18 days ago

    Note to self: 4:30, 9:20

  • Ernest Gary
    Ernest Gary 18 days ago +1

    Only thing he didn't do was cut flips on stage. Man here needed a podium

  • Intro Maker
    Intro Maker 19 days ago +1

    Stop watching the video, and focus on your work.

  • CateDoge
    CateDoge 19 days ago

    Very insightful. :D

  • Gurdeep Singh
    Gurdeep Singh 20 days ago

    Make mind relax.

  • Nakib Omar
    Nakib Omar 20 days ago +1

    This deserves 100 million views. Thank you Chris!

  • Stephen
    Stephen 20 days ago +1

    This guy sounds like Eric from That 70’s Show lol

  • Isa Reis
    Isa Reis 20 days ago

    I can't foucus in this video

  • Frenzy Blaze
    Frenzy Blaze 21 day ago

    I am so high right now

  • Fashion Flare
    Fashion Flare 21 day ago

    Outstanding video for motivation

  • Sid L
    Sid L 22 days ago

    While browsing Netflix

  • midlaj vc
    midlaj vc 22 days ago

    If u can pls add subtitles of speech