Friday, December 29, 2023

Feel-Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal Book Review

About the Book:

The secret to productivity isn’t discipline. It’s joy.

We think that productivity is all about hard work. That the road to success is lined with endless frustration and toil. But what if there’s another way?

Dr Ali Abdaal – the world's most-followed productivity expert – has uncovered an easier and happier path to success. Drawing on decades of psychological research, he has found that the secret to productivity and success isn't grind – it's feeling good. If you can make your work feel good, then productivity takes care of itself.

In this revolutionary book, Ali reveals how the science of feel-good productivity can transform your life. He introduces the three hidden 'energisers' that underpin enjoyable productivity, the three 'blockers' we must overcome to beat procrastination, and the three 'sustainers' that prevent burnout and help us achieve lasting fulfillment. He recounts the inspiring stories of founders, Olympians, and Nobel-winning scientists who embody the principles of Feel-Good Productivity. And he introduces the simple, actionable changes that you can use to achieve more and live better, starting today.

Armed with Ali’s insights, you won’t just accomplish more. You’ll feel happier and more fulfilled along the way.

My Review:

Like Abdaal, I thought the answer to productivity was to work harder, do more and be more disciplined. But that did not result in a more happy life. I was intrigued with his emphasis of working on well being first, focusing on making work feel good.

Although there are many practical ideas included in this book, Abdaal says it is not specifically a “how to” one in design. Rather, we are encouraged to move toward developing a new way of thinking about productivity altogether. He has included suggested experiments so we can figure out our own best practices.

The most helpful suggestion for me was in relation to procrastination. Abdaal suggested asking ones self the purpose behind the project, getting to the big why. That often identifies the reluctance to engage in action.

I appreciate this book. Abdaal draws from many resources. Some of the information I have read before but some of his work includes new insights. This is a good book for anyone desiring a clearer understanding how feeling good ultimately increases productivity.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author:

Ali Abdaal is a doctor, entrepreneur, amateur magician, and the world's most-followed productivity expert.

Ali became intrigued by the science of productivity while juggling the demands of medical training at Cambridge University and building his business on the side. While working as a doctor in the UK's National Health Service, Ali started to document his journey towards living a healthier, happier, more productive life on his YouTube channel and other social media platforms. To date, Ali’s evidence-based videos, podcasts and articles sharing insights into the human mind, have reached hundreds of millions of people all around the world.

In 2021, Ali took a break from his medical practice to focus full-time on his work popularising the science of human flourishing and high performance. In this book, he reveals everything he has learnt from a decade studying the secrets of feeling better and achieving more.

Celadon Books, 302 pages.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.

(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)

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