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

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  • Rajat Pangtey
    Rajat Pangtey 5 hours ago


  • nihad aliyev
    nihad aliyev 22 hours ago

    I was interrupted my attention by this video when i was doing my homework

    OORELDIOS 22 hours ago


  • shamseera mizayn
    shamseera mizayn 22 hours ago

    Best of the best ideas

  • wskjder
    wskjder 2 days ago

    sum up: he just showed up how rich is he.

  • Danish Ahmed
    Danish Ahmed 2 days ago

    How to get your brain to focus? Well, first focus on this video

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    C Bryant 4 days ago

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  • sunmarsh
    sunmarsh 4 days ago

    Knitting daddy? Yes plz

  • Julia Giacomini Bezerra

    Amazing talk

  • Gergana Kaymakanova
    Gergana Kaymakanova 5 days ago


  • Derlis Giménez
    Derlis Giménez 5 days ago

    I'm trying to focus on homework, while I'm watching this video.

  • Halla Abin
    Halla Abin 6 days ago

    Terima kasih banyak....

  • Sandra Skaten
    Sandra Skaten 6 days ago

    Do you think this guy could have focused enough to shave for his Ted Talk? He looks like he just worke up and was late so forgot to take a shower.

  • manuel alexander
    manuel alexander 6 days ago

    THANK YOU!!!

    MY LIFE 6 days ago +3

    So it's all comes down to becoming indian sage again

  • aliza sikandar
    aliza sikandar 6 days ago

    What if u r a online free lancer n ur all work is wid technology?? 🤷

  • Jan Waldner
    Jan Waldner 7 days ago

    Nothing new here, for this same problem we used to blame the TV 20 years ago.

  • Shatha Alsubhii
    Shatha Alsubhii 7 days ago +7

    I hope one day I can talk like that in front of people .

  • average _
    average _ 7 days ago +14

    who's here cause they couldn't focus on homework then started questioning everything?

  • Kristy The Australian

    this is great

  • Marcel7
    Marcel7 8 days ago +1

    Another guy who thinks he knows the answer and will show you the way so he can seek attention and be rich. Please stop looking TVclip videos for your problems and look out for a professional.

  • ravi kumar
    ravi kumar 8 days ago

    u r verrrrrrrrrryyyyyy handsome....& u tell true about reading...

  • Asad Mahdi
    Asad Mahdi 8 days ago

    I don't know how brain system work exactly but I can focus on each & every thing by challenging myself to remind that think after its end.
    Believe me if you get this done correctly, it will be your mind who force you Please focus you have self test after this.
    How much you can feed in your mind depends, how much you focus.

  • Haipeng Li
    Haipeng Li 8 days ago +4

    Try and see if you can connect all the ideas:
    1 meditation
    2 being present
    3 less is more
    4 enjoy the wonderful surprise
    5 focused vs scattered modes of thinking

  • Nitin Kumar meena
    Nitin Kumar meena 9 days ago

    After watching this video.... first thing I did was turn off my internet.

  • Ahmed Shehzad
    Ahmed Shehzad 9 days ago

    It's really a good video and I learnt a lot

  • El mehdi El basraoui
    El mehdi El basraoui 9 days ago +1

    if you guys are interested in this kind of subjects of deep focusing and working, you should try Cal Newport books

  • zach wilder
    zach wilder 9 days ago +1

    xin cánh tay của người việt nam ạ

  • Ruby Hannah
    Ruby Hannah 10 days ago

    This is pretty cool 🤔 I've recently been addicted to music on phone, so much that I started to find it hard to study without music. My brain got so used to overstimulation that it gets bored way too easily. Gonna work on using my phone less ✊✊

  • Alen N’Rich
    Alen N’Rich 10 days ago

    I’m totally agree with Chris because we spend too much time for doing nothing. I think we should change and improve relationship with our brain and body. Only with this we will be able to control us. In my opinion, it would be better to meditate more and spend less time on gadgets. And you will see how you have changed to a better way!

  • Dip Chip
    Dip Chip 12 days ago +3

    Since I have ADHD my mind wonders a lot on a consistent basis, but I also use my phone a lot every day. Is that normal or just a symptom of ADHD?

  • Kunal Kumar
    Kunal Kumar 12 days ago

    The reason for not focusing is not distraction, distraction is teh symptom of stimulation is you stimulate the mind then it will crave distraction its a cycle like stimulation->distraction ->not able to focus----->---->........>, so practice boredom to make your mind less stimulant and it will crave less distraction and you will be able to focus more.
    This ted talk teaches me the real reason of not able to focus adn i have realised this in my life too,thank Chris Bailey

  • Nightmarish
    Nightmarish 13 days ago

    Great vid!

  • ashwin doke
    ashwin doke 13 days ago

    Life changing TedTalk.
    Thanks for this.
    Gonna reduce my Phone time.

  • Ashley sutherland
    Ashley sutherland 13 days ago

    I need your energy that is for sure

  • Mohamed El Moctar Nejib

    Internet, see u in one month

  • hamza warraich
    hamza warraich 14 days ago

    I beleive human can do whatever he or she wants but only the focus of mind is necessary

  • ibn Azhar
    ibn Azhar 14 days ago

    Who is thinking about ..his knitting skill?

  • suhrob Aminov
    suhrob Aminov 14 days ago +1

    who come there only for learning ENGliSH.

  • Robert Borsos
    Robert Borsos 15 days ago

    last moment where chris wants to get of the stage at 15:47 and groans is fun! haha!

  • Narain singh
    Narain singh 16 days ago


  • 莫语
    莫语 16 days ago

    if i lay down on my couch and doing nothing, then i fall asleep............

  • Gemin Tayeng
    Gemin Tayeng 16 days ago

    Which simple device?? Sorry got distracted reading the comments..

  • bulb bulp
    bulb bulp 16 days ago

    Great, I focus to listen to him to finish his speech before come to comment section.
    I get bored in early minutes, but I'm patiently waiting till the mid, wether keep listen or skip. But hey, it turns out really well explained. This is great

  • Ion CASU
    Ion CASU 16 days ago


  • blu3fan
    blu3fan 17 days ago

    yes please

  • Frank Mannino
    Frank Mannino 17 days ago

    nailed it this guy knows not what we know what we dont know sloooowww down

  • Dennis Bitare Francisco

    How about if you are using these gadgets to connect with your work?

  • Maelle Bothner
    Maelle Bothner 18 days ago

    And here I am, stimulating myself with this video, on my phone, while trying to sleep...

  • Scott Davis
    Scott Davis 18 days ago

    Yeah sure, I'll ask my Masseuse to let me have a note pad...LMAO! I was watching videos about quieting the mind through Yoga and somehow I came to a video where the guy is encouraging people to get sucked into their thoughts. No wonder the business world is so screwed up and destroying our planet.

  • Eduardo De Santiago
    Eduardo De Santiago 18 days ago +4

    Great video, this is something that should be discussed in elementary, middle and highschools.

  • Edward Kaplan
    Edward Kaplan 19 days ago

    Some very good points here. I broke my smart phone about 3 months ago and purposely made myself not get a new phone and stay away from distractions, I didn't know the exact reasons, but I knew smart phones are a huge distraction. I was without a phone for 2 and a half months, doing a lot of meditation and eventually discovered ted talk channel. 3 weeks ago I got a phone and sold my xbox and got rid of my lap top. So now I do have a phone but try my best to use my time wisely on it. I understood that the amount of time I waste on the xbox and lap top is a lot, and I can use the time to better my self. Which is paying off right before my eyes !! Great video !

  • Lola
    Lola 20 days ago

    well i can tell you how NOT to get your brain to focus: clicking on random videos with the word 'focus' in the title

  • Ayush Kumar
    Ayush Kumar 20 days ago +1

    Underrated video.

  • Pro noob
    Pro noob 20 days ago

    Im a network engineer I dont have the luxury of ignoring screens etc.

  • Mohsin Abdul
    Mohsin Abdul 20 days ago

    thank you very much

  • Lincoln Feris
    Lincoln Feris 21 day ago

    World need more men who call mom at least once a day and knits...

  • Trâu Nguyễn
    Trâu Nguyễn 22 days ago +1

    I was totally focus on learning japanese until this video pops up and distract me with English

  • Shatin Reddy
    Shatin Reddy 22 days ago +20

    I love how he's literally jumping up and down with excitement as he was speaking about his research. It was like he just couldn't wait to tell it to us. I loved it.

  • Kalhi Puvitharan
    Kalhi Puvitharan 23 days ago +9

    Some practices he recommended:
    1. Limit your time with technology - higher attention span.
    2. Detox from technology- more time for other plans/become more organized.
    3. Do a hobby/activity that takes less focus or concentration- become more creative.