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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  • zach wilder
    zach wilder 7 hours ago +1

    xin cánh tay của người việt nam ạ

  • Ruby Hannah
    Ruby Hannah 15 hours 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 16 hours 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 2 days ago +2

    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 3 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

  • Healthy Addiction
    Healthy Addiction 3 days ago

    Great vid!

  • ashwin doke
    ashwin doke 3 days ago

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

  • Ashley sutherland
    Ashley sutherland 3 days ago

    I need your energy that is for sure

  • Mohamed El Moctar Nejib

    Internet, see u in one month

  • hamza warraich
    hamza warraich 4 days ago

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

  • ibn Azhar
    ibn Azhar 5 days ago

    Who is thinking about ..his knitting skill?

  • suhrob Aminov
    suhrob Aminov 5 days ago +1

    who come there only for learning ENGliSH.

  • Robert Borsos
    Robert Borsos 6 days ago

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

  • Narain singh
    Narain singh 6 days ago


  • 莫语
    莫语 6 days ago

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

  • Gemin Tayeng
    Gemin Tayeng 6 days ago

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

  • bulb bulp
    bulb bulp 6 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 7 days ago


  • blu3fan
    blu3fan 8 days ago

    yes please

  • Frank Mannino
    Frank Mannino 8 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 8 days ago

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

  • Scott Davis
    Scott Davis 9 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 9 days ago +4

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

  • Edward Kaplan
    Edward Kaplan 9 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 10 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 10 days ago +1

    Underrated video.

  • Pro noob
    Pro noob 10 days ago

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

  • Mohsin Abdul
    Mohsin Abdul 11 days ago

    thank you very much

  • Lincoln Feris
    Lincoln Feris 12 days ago

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

  • Trâu Nguyễn
    Trâu Nguyễn 12 days ago +1

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

  • Shatin Reddy
    Shatin Reddy 12 days ago +10

    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 13 days ago +8

    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.

  • Kalhi Puvitharan
    Kalhi Puvitharan 13 days ago

    This is the most common topic these days, but he brought new information and personal experience to convey the message.

  • Vuthy Va
    Vuthy Va 13 days ago


  • LittleGreenFriend
    LittleGreenFriend 13 days ago

    I’m supposed to be doing homework but I’m watching this video instead.

  • Usman Family
    Usman Family 15 days ago

    i think this man gave a wonderful talk, but as a person who struggles to focus, i didn't find a lot of points that i could use. Most of this guy's points and solutions were aimed towards the distractions caused by technological devices, which isn't really something i struggle with much. His solution to meditate and let your mind wander was really good, but as a student, i find no time to sit down at all! i come home, sleep, wake up, and study. Only recently, i've been feeling very muddled and foggy in my head. It was never like this before. i was a very hard-working and motivated person, but now, not only do i not have time for myself, but struggle with the constant tiredness and feeling of dissatisfaction that comes with not finishing any work. i'm trying to adjust my time management but the only problem is that i'm a bit slow when i could go faster and save time, but then again, it's because of how my brain is just off. i'm also trying to do some of the recommended study focus tips and trying not to nap in the evenings go to bed on proper time. it's a little hard, and i gave up a few weeks ago, but i'm gonna try again.

  • Sabiha Saima
    Sabiha Saima 15 days ago

    he is like the future self of me

  • Suzanne Bohnsack
    Suzanne Bohnsack 16 days ago

    Thank you so much for this outstanding presentation! I experienced this myself one week ago when I tested the same. I decided only to use my mobile when I really need to.

  • Icy dawn
    Icy dawn 16 days ago

    What if you need electronic for your job or school

  • Anis Zamri
    Anis Zamri 17 days ago

    I have so much difficulities to focus. I always having a hard time to understand direction from someone. This video helps me a lot to reflect myself! Use less gadget. Go it ❤

  • Luhong Zhang
    Luhong Zhang 17 days ago

    Yes, it is really truth, I am out of direction because I am focus on meaninglessness too much. For the monment, I really need a relaxation just knitting and figuring out what will be the furture for myself.

  • Sydney Perez
    Sydney Perez 17 days ago

    I'm watching this instead of working on my research paper. And writing this comment instead of watching the video....

  • Sorion Obsidian
    Sorion Obsidian 17 days ago

    So thats the secret thanks TED.X

  • Jawad Sobhani
    Jawad Sobhani 18 days ago

    Lol I was doing revision and guess what distracted me.This bloody video

  • Julien Fade
    Julien Fade 19 days ago

    Wow, I’m stoked! This is insane!

  • SC C
    SC C 19 days ago +5

    Nadia Comaneci - "Other kids had more talent, but I was the most focused"

  • Jack Harvey
    Jack Harvey 20 days ago +1

    Googles “how to focus”
    Video: over 15 minutes
    Me: writing in comments because I can’t focus
    My homework:
    Me again: asking my professors for extensions
    Some Professors: yes
    Me again: Epstein Didn’t kill himself
    Me again: “how to focus”

  • Inna Zhurav
    Inna Zhurav 20 days ago

    Если использовать смартфон и прочие устройства для обучения, то не так уж всё плохо, главное не захламлять голову пустой чепухой.

  • Raj kumar Rastogi
    Raj kumar Rastogi 20 days ago +6

    It's true experience, i did that really my life has totally changed.

  • Allen Goh
    Allen Goh 21 day ago

    I love how Chris makes the speech with his gestures and movements! and honestly this is something we should try in our lives

  • Lara Smith
    Lara Smith 22 days ago

    🦋waking up to phones is no good. Remembering that screens release seratonin in your brain which is similar to drug use. That’s why it’s so important to monitor your screen time

  • Jaen Christine
    Jaen Christine 22 days ago

    This helped me a lot. Thank you!

  • Sanja Sanjic
    Sanja Sanjic 23 days ago

    hey ,if anyone else needs to find out about how can i focus on the present try Moorack Amazing Focus Miracle(just google it ) ? Ive heard some great things about it and my brother in law got amazing results with it.

  • Ritik Rozra
    Ritik Rozra 24 days ago +1

    Sometimes i got ideas in toilet

  • D R P
    D R P 24 days ago

    Why am i watching this???

  • Down Load
    Down Load 24 days ago

    Stop watching this at 1:00am. and focus on sleeping.

  • Bon Voyage
    Bon Voyage 25 days ago

    Haha I have an essay due in three hours.

  • Shubham Deshmane
    Shubham Deshmane 25 days ago +2

    Wow my mom was right. Throwing out my phone is the solution for all my problems.

    • Faith
      Faith 24 days ago

      Shubham Deshmane bruh do you have to say it lol

  • Be We
    Be We 26 days ago +1

    Excellent seminar, sir