Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

"Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results." (James Clear, author of Atomic Habits)You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of qual...

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Title:Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Author:Nir Eyal
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  • Levi Mårten

    "Learn how to hack back against your distractions!"

    or

    "A great, practical guide to taking control of your distractions".

    I was an early reader of this book as a part of the editing process that Nir uses. I found that the book was really great!

    Section 3 was easily the most practical part of the book for me, but also the part where I felt I already knew a lot of the information. I really liked the background information and the scientific backing that Nir uses for all of his arguments.

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    "Learn how to hack back against your distractions!"

    or

    "A great, practical guide to taking control of your distractions".

    I was an early reader of this book as a part of the editing process that Nir uses. I found that the book was really great!

    Section 3 was easily the most practical part of the book for me, but also the part where I felt I already knew a lot of the information. I really liked the background information and the scientific backing that Nir uses for all of his arguments.

    Surprisingly, even though I don't have kids, the last few sections about family were the most breath taking for me, as they made me reflect a lot on my own upbringing and where I am today based on that.

    The book reminded me a little bit of James Clear's "Atomic Habits" in the first parts, which I had recently read before this. It is absolutely a great review in itself, but then the book added to that with a lot more useful information. Reading them both is an absolute recommendation, but if you have to choose one I would choose this as it contains more information and is backed by more sources.

  • Charles Roels

    I was an early reader of the book and was fascinated from beginning to end.

    Indistractable is an in-depth, scientifically underpinned, guide on how to take back control of your life and removing distractions that take you away from being present in the moment.

    I loved the the very personal elements, for example the superpower story at the beginning and the end, which emphasise the arguments in a very gentle and kind way.

    The whole book is very relatable, from a professional point of view, but eq

    I was an early reader of the book and was fascinated from beginning to end.

    Indistractable is an in-depth, scientifically underpinned, guide on how to take back control of your life and removing distractions that take you away from being present in the moment.

    I loved the the very personal elements, for example the superpower story at the beginning and the end, which emphasise the arguments in a very gentle and kind way.

    The whole book is very relatable, from a professional point of view, but equally in your personal life with your kids or partner.

    The practical tips and recap at the end of each chapter are very useful if you want to put the learnings in practice and live without distractions!

  • ryan brown

    Indistractable is a practical, judgement-free guide to health and happiness for the 21st century. Nir lays out a compelling way to reframe experiences and drive you to a more meaningful, happier relationship with your work, life, and family. The book is laid out in a pragmatic way, with "hack back" tactics to help you improve. There's a wealth of extremely helpful advice. I strongly recommend this book.

  • Alan Stout

    I am reviewing this book because I received a preliminary copy and think it is a vitally important topic.

    How many stars would I give Indistractable? (1-5)

    5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    How would I summarize the book in one sentence?

    Live a fulfilling life by becoming aware and controling both the internal and external triggers that constantly bombard me.

    What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book?

    Changing some of my beliefs such the reframing of my thinking about will power. (Refuting Ego de

    I am reviewing this book because I received a preliminary copy and think it is a vitally important topic.

    How many stars would I give Indistractable? (1-5)

    5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    How would I summarize the book in one sentence?

    Live a fulfilling life by becoming aware and controling both the internal and external triggers that constantly bombard me.

    What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book?

    Changing some of my beliefs such the reframing of my thinking about will power. (Refuting Ego depletion). Although I was aware of some of the studies it really didn’t sink in before. Very important and wide ranging applications. This has important implications, for example, in the basic beliefs of the AA program. Also the overwhelming data about the improving focus of nurses when they were being constantly distracted and even when initially they resisted methods used to lower their distractibility.

    The distraction-traction matrix is a very useful way of thinking. Similar but different way to model like the urgent important matrix. Footnotes were excellent although ironically it made me want to click on them. Maybe best if I read them separately.

    All motivation is a desire to escape discomfort is IMHO an extremely important concept. 5 Stars.

    Although I once reported to the CEO of a major S & P 500 company, I am retired and almost 3 times the age of the author I am less interested in the company related and parent and children related topics and more interested in how these ideas can personably help me learn. However, I am sure there is a broad audience for the book.

    I thought that giving the why and underlying structure of distraction was perhaps the most important contribution. The individual “tricks” were less important to me than understanding why and how distractions occur and how I can minimize them.

    The remember this sections get an A+.

    I spend far too much time on Apple News (mostly saving stories to gmail folders or bookmarks in Chrome but I have a wide range of interests and they cover over 200 publications. I do not plan to stop using Apple News but am defiantly being more selective and delaying my reading to a later time.

    Also cleaning out my apps is a very good idea. And I very much relate to a googleplex of Tabs and did not realize that Pocket has a text to speech feature.

    Getting rid of Notations has been really helpful. Before I just took them for granted.

    The Hooked book was more about how we are being “Hooked” by social media and large corporations. This book is about being conscious and aware of what we can do to take back control of our lives. Although Hooked is a very highly rated book the new book is my favorite of the two.

  • Rod Moser

    Have you ever gone out with friends or family and there is that one guy who is constantly checking out of the conversation and checking into his phone? Super annoying, right? Well, I'm that guy. I didn't realize what it was called until I read Nir Eyal's book but I am a 'phubber' (phone snubber).

    As a real estate broker, coach, and father of 6 boys, I am always being distracted by something. I would get anxious every time the phone chirped or beeped or pinged. Was it a client emergency, do my ki

    Have you ever gone out with friends or family and there is that one guy who is constantly checking out of the conversation and checking into his phone? Super annoying, right? Well, I'm that guy. I didn't realize what it was called until I read Nir Eyal's book but I am a 'phubber' (phone snubber).

    As a real estate broker, coach, and father of 6 boys, I am always being distracted by something. I would get anxious every time the phone chirped or beeped or pinged. Was it a client emergency, do my kids need me ... and most of the time it was nothing but a distraction.

    Wow! Practical advice galore in this one. I am already putting it to use and I am beginning to find peace. Spending more time following our life values in traction and being aware of the triggers that pull us away from what's important can lead to a more productive and peaceful life. Nir uses case studies that will challenge the way you have always thought of things and open your mind to other options.

    I especially enjoyed the section he put in the book on how to help our children become less distracted. As a father concerned with screen time and non-productive behaviors, there were some absolute gems here. Not surprisingly, I discovered where the problem lies. It's not the screen, it's the parenting and there are some brilliant ideas on how to achieve a better outcome.

    Now to put this all into practice. Don't miss this one.

  • Kerry-louise Jones

    This book is full of interesting studies and facts to help you understand why you are being distracted and gives you simple solutions to help improve how you spend the time you have.

    I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with high screen time or work/life balance. It is really relatable and non-judgemental, the author himself admits to falling victim of so many of the struggles that we face today such as checking social media when spending time with his child. A lot of the findings r

    This book is full of interesting studies and facts to help you understand why you are being distracted and gives you simple solutions to help improve how you spend the time you have.

    I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with high screen time or work/life balance. It is really relatable and non-judgemental, the author himself admits to falling victim of so many of the struggles that we face today such as checking social media when spending time with his child. A lot of the findings really resonated with me especially the part about lying awake at night stressing about not being able to get back to sleep! I have put Nir words in to effect and now those hours at 2am are not full of stress and I fall back to sleep much quicker!

    Thanks to Net Galley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mehrsa

    There are some helpful hints and reminders in here that I will be adopting. I read a lot of books like this but it's amazing how distractions creep back in and you have to remind yourself to take control of your own time.

  • Mylene

    Spoilers...

    Interesting read, lots of tips to avoid distraction (although nothing new - but I guess I'm not the average reader, working in ICT).

    I wonder though why people think blocking your agenda to make time for your life goals or most important things to do makes any sense.

    Apparently, they don't work 8 hours a day for a boss (with at least 30 minutes lunch required), or have no real commute time, or don't have dogs.

    When I've done my daily stuff (8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, walking the

    Spoilers...

    Interesting read, lots of tips to avoid distraction (although nothing new - but I guess I'm not the average reader, working in ICT).

    I wonder though why people think blocking your agenda to make time for your life goals or most important things to do makes any sense.

    Apparently, they don't work 8 hours a day for a boss (with at least 30 minutes lunch required), or have no real commute time, or don't have dogs.

    When I've done my daily stuff (8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, walking the dogs, getting ready for work, lunch, cooking, eating, doing the dishes, getting ready to sleep) I have 45 minutes left. And I didn't do any chores and didn't have any me-time (although walking the dogs is fun :)) or didn't stop for a chat with a neighbour. And I want to visit my mother as often as possible (weekends that is usually). It just doesn't work that way. Ok, I can listen to audiobooks in the car, I often do. But I do want to know what news there is, so to keep a little up-to-date I also want to listen to the radio sometimes.

    As I said, an interesting read, but as the IMO most important part of being indistractable doesn't make sense in my life, I guess this book just is not for me.

  • Valentin

    I liked Nir's other book, "Hooked." It is one of my favorite and best product/business books ever (and also useful for non-product people). After "Hooked" taught the whole industry how to build addictive products, Nir is now basically selling the "cure."

    The first half of "Indistractable" is ok, and there is some good general idea on "why" you are so easily addicted to your smartphone, Facebook, etc. However, I think I was intuitively trying and applying most of them just because of the knowledg

    I liked Nir's other book, "Hooked." It is one of my favorite and best product/business books ever (and also useful for non-product people). After "Hooked" taught the whole industry how to build addictive products, Nir is now basically selling the "cure."

    The first half of "Indistractable" is ok, and there is some good general idea on "why" you are so easily addicted to your smartphone, Facebook, etc. However, I think I was intuitively trying and applying most of them just because of the knowledge I got from "Hooked."

    The second half goes into all sort of anecdotes, some very cheesy. And the last section deals a lot with kids & technology addiction. I'm quite surprised that after popularizing the "Hooked" model and even mentioning it at the beginning of this book; the author offers such impractical advice. The strategies feel so "frail" and require effort and have substantial "friction." The anecdotes are borderlines dystopian or from a black mirror episode. Not to mention some sound like a "one-off" success

    I think you can intuitively guess most of the advice in this book, or just by googling "how to stop tech addiction." I sincerely recommend reading his other book, though.

    Interesting note: The author also references an article by Paul Graham which I found very interesting

  • Austin Rief

    I read Indistractible last weekend in 1 sitting… it was really incredible. Very thought provoking, packed with lots of action items. Really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to multiple people!

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