Two Awesome Hours

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Set Up the Right Conditions to Achieve Amazing Productivity

Rushing, multitasking, or relying on fancy devices and apps won’t help

Whether we love our jobs or not, the amount of work on our plate has reached unsustainable levels. We start each workday anxious about how we will get it all done, and which important tasks will have to be sacrificed—again—so we can keep our heads above water. We often respond to our out-of-control to-do lists by focusing on being more efficient—trying to get more done in less time.

According to Josh Davis, Ph.D., we’re going about it the wrong way. The answer is not to get more done faster, but rather to create the conditions for at least two awesome hours of peak productivity each day.

Neuroscience and psychology research is revealing what those conditions are.

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The Author

JOSH DAVIS, Ph.D., is the director of research and lead professor at the NeuroLeadership Institute, a global institute dedicated to synthesizing scientific research and guiding its use in the business and leadership domains. He has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and Barnard College of Columbia University. He has written for, strategy + business, Psychology Today, and People & Strategy. He lives in New York City.

Book Josh to Speak on Two Awesome Hours
Neuroleadership Institute
The Art of Public Speaking

Testimonials for Josh and The Art of Public Speaking

Press and media inquiries:



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Tuesday, May 19, ATD in Orlando

Association for Talent Development.

For more information or to register, click here

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The Art of Public Speaking. July 18-19.

The Art of Public Speaking 2-day Workshop. NYC.

"This is not my first public speaking class but it can be my last :) This course led by Josh really made an impact to my public speaking performance! It not only helped me to decrease my anxiety to a manageable and useful level, but it also taught me to raise awareness about what I am actually presenting. Finally the focus shifted from “all eyes on me” to what really matters - my audience and the content! I totally recommend this class to anyone who wants to not only be great in public speaking but also enjoy it! Plus - this class is so much fun!! ..."
M.I., Mgr, Talent Management


Two Awesome Hours Workshop. June 28.


Wednesday March 11th, 11:00 - 12:00

The Conference Board
12th Annual Executive Coaching Conference
Time Square, NYC

Panel title: What breakthroughs are on the horizon for executive coaching?

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Tuesday, April 21, Panel Discussion

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If you have any questions, please contact Anne Gamino at


Friday, May 1st

Two Awesome Hours by Josh Davis
Josh will be featured in:


Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D., Associate director of the Motivation Science Center at Columbia Business School and author of the national bestseller Nine Things Successful People Do Differently

“Most of the ‘personal productivity’ advice out there—and there is plenty of it—seems designed to make the hamster run a little faster in the wheel. Josh Davis‘s extraordinary new book, on the other hand, gives you evidence-based advice on how to leave the wheel behind, feel less stressed and more creative, and do the kind of work you are capable of. You are not a hamster. Two Awesome Hours will show you how to stop working like one.”

R. Michael Hendrix, Partner at IDEO

“Josh Davis shows us that trying to emulate a computer’s efficiency to manage our time is a lost cause. His approachable and enjoyable writing style brings behavioral science to life, pointing out the moments that really can make a difference in a productive workday, and equally important, a more satisfying downtime.”

Peter Bregman, bestselling author of 18 Minutes and Four Seconds

“Exceedingly interesting and exceptionally practical. Davis offers suggestions that are straightforward, easy to apply, and immediately useful. I spent two awesome hours reading this book last night and it changed the way I’m working today.”

David Rock, Director of the NeuroLeadership Institute and author of Your Brain at Work

“Josh Davis has proposed a counterintuitive solution to a problem plaguing us all: we can’t get everything done—not even close—anymore. So maybe we should stop trying and instead follow the research on how to have a few hours of breakthrough productivity, just on the things that truly matter. An important book, well researched, with lots of useful stories to bring the science alive.”

Selected blog posts and articles