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Free to Focus

A Total Productivity System to Achieve More by Doing Less
Written by: Michael Hyatt
Narrated by: Michael Hyatt
Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
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We hear a lot about the “attention economy,” with sundry social networks and other cultural phenomena constantly vying for a share of our time. Goal-setting and productivity expert Michael Hyatt is here to tell you we’re actually in the midst of a “distraction economy,” ruled by “the tyranny of the urgent.” In this fast-paced listen, he helps you develop techniques to determine what really matters and is worthy of your attention and effort. Perhaps the best part about Free to Focus: listening to it feels a lot like a “brain-pick” advice session over coffee with an empathetic, relatable, and very knowledgeable friend.
Courtney R., Audible Editor 

Publisher's Summary

The revolutionary productivity system trusted by more than 25,000 professionals. Get more done and get your life back.  

Many professionals work as many as 70 hours a week, leaving little time for rest, exercise, family, and friends. Work is invading their personal life. The common understanding of productivity has failed these professionals. 

Most think productivity is just about getting more done at a faster speed. But it's not. Productivity is about getting the right things done.  

New York Times best-selling author Michael Hyatt has created a total productivity system that's much more than endless box checking. Proven by more than 25,000 professionals, this system helps overwhelmed leaders achieve what matters most so they can succeed at both work and life.   

In his latest audiobook, Free to Focus, you'll discover how to:

  • Redefine your work so it works for you 
  • Filter your tasks and commitments 
  • Cut out the nonessentials 
  • Eliminate interruptions and distractions 
  • Set boundaries that protect your focus and drive results 
  • Leverage your time and energy for maximum productivity 
  • Build momentum for a lifetime of success  

In Free to Focus, you'll learn the three-step system to achieve more while doing less.

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Speaks to a Specific Audience

If I had found this book before Essentialism by Greg McKeown, I might have enjoyed it more. And If I worked in a corporate / office setting, I might have found his tips and templates helpful. But I am not this audience. I was looking to be bathed deeper in the purpose and value of this mindset, but couldn't get through this book. I also signed up on the website to take a quiz he offers and while I understand I was consenting to receiving more info via email, it was an overwhelming daily flood of email marketing that felt out of line with the focused, essentialist mindset I was seeking.

That said I would recommend Free to Focus to one who might find Essentialism to be too "philosophical" and wants a more practical perspective they can use in a (specific) workplace setting. Those in creative, manual or other fields might appreciate the ideas presented by McKeown better. He will most certainly NOT flood your inbox. It goes against everything he teaches.

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great!

I can't wait to implement this program! Thanks so much for the clarity and great exercises.

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  • Carl
  • 2019-10-12

Maybe good to read, not good for listening.

It may be a good book to read and study. But there are way too many exercises and requirements to visit the authors webpage. Listening was difficult.

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  • David Peyton
  • 2019-08-15

Making productivity simple

This book is an excellent collation of years of Michael Hyatt’s personal research and training under the guidance of greats like David Allen, Peter Drucker, Tim Ferriss, Cal Newport and many others. If you don’t have the time to read all the other books out there on productivity, then just read and implement this one. It will change your life as it is changing mine.

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  • Michele Lanzara
  • 2019-07-15

A practical guide to feel free

I have read many books on productivity. Michael Hyatt nailed down with this book. Don't need to expend more time looking for tips and tricks in Apps, tools, and books. He gave me a framework to focus on the right things and feel free. If you are looking for tools, he gives you tools, if you are looking for methodology, he gives you one. This is a practical guide for people seeking freedom to do more of what you love. He combines foundational principles and tools in this masterpiece. Period. BTW, he narrates the book with emotions and relevance to key concepts. Thanks, Michael and team.

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  • moon light
  • 2019-09-22

Written for business people, not for busy mom

Written for executives and alike. Talks about white collar business jobs.
Did not take anything useful for myself. If you're a busy mom, juggling things around and trying to find sanity -- this book will tell you nothing. Does not mention family life or day to day responsibilities that much.

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  • Grace
  • 2019-05-15

GREAT book

Love it! A great actionable book, that will undoubtedly help me make improvements in my productivity and well-being.

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  • Stormy Dawn Harbin
  • 2019-04-11

Best Book Yet

This is Michaels best book yet! You will want it in audible AND hard copy to have for reference.

There is SO MUCH applicable information in this book. Don’t wait to get it. It will change your life!!!!!

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  • Tristan Lindsay
  • 2019-05-25

A solid book but not exceptionally original


I used to have a to-do list with several hundred items on it. It’s not that my life was so busy and important that I needed to have several hundred items on it, only that my dreams and ambitions seemed to multiply faster than I could complete them.

I still have the list, I just don’t look at it that much anymore. Weirdly one of the reasons I cut my list down to my top 2 or 3 items was partly due to Michael Hyatts podcast, which I later cut out of my life as well in an attempt to stay more focused.

I don’t listen to as many podcasts as I used to because I feel like a lot of them are just distractions, or that all they did was introduce me to more distractions, but I still have time for books and since I’m trying to be more focused and less diffuse, I thought a book about how to focus would be a good choice. And it was. I had just heard it all before.

If you’ve never read a book about productivity though, this as good a place to start as any, and maybe even better because it may stop you from creating a giant to-do list in the first place.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-07-11

amazingly useful strategies no fluff or filler

I can't wait to get to my office to work on these strategies especially eliminating and delegating. I am also looking forward to using these concepts in my personal life as well. I highly recommend!

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  • James Gerety
  • 2019-06-27

CEO or not.. read this book!

Fantastic content. A must read no matter if you are the CEO of your own business or not.

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  • John
  • 2019-05-29

Best Traction on Holistic Focus

This book is not just a research project delivering great promise. This is the bearing of Michael's heart describing how he moved beyond vanity metrics of success to true success in life.

Then the book takes it even farther teaching principles that were refined through years of passing these concepts on to others. Trials bring experience. When we get wisdom and understanding as part of that experience we also gain something else in our future vision, hope. In this book Michael passes that hope to any who care to take it.

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