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Indistractable

How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Narrated by: Nir Eyal
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

"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 quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold.  

What would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? What could you accomplish if you could stay focused and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to become "indistractable"?  

International best-selling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley's handbook for making technology habit-forming. Five years after publishing Hooked, Eyal reveals distraction's Achilles' heel in his groundbreaking new book.  

In Indistractable, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving us to distraction. He describes why solving the problem is not as simple as swearing off our devices: Abstinence is impractical and often makes us want more.  

Eyal lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Indistractable reveals the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.  

Inside, Eyal overturns conventional wisdom and reveals: 

  • Why distraction at work is a symptom of a dysfunctional company culture - and how to fix it  
  • What really drives human behavior and why "time management is pain management"  
  • Why your relationships (and your sex life) depend on you becoming indistractable  
  • How to raise indistractable children in an increasingly distracting world 

Empowering and optimistic, Indistractable provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention - helping you live the life you really want.

©2019 Nir Eyal (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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This book makes a profound difference in my life

Previous insights from Nir Eyal’s excellent book “Hooked” helped me building better products. I waited for the release of “Indistractable” with great anticipation, yet it again exceeds my expectations. Indistractable helps me enhance the process of becoming a better version of myself. I am an avid reader, science lover and a self-improvement maniac. Many concepts from these books were known to me from various sources (and some were new). What makes Nir unique is his ability to reduce the complexity and describe concepts simply, without losing the meaning. It’s extremely powerful. I have read hundreds of great books and without hesitation would place Indistractable in my top 5. This book can be thought of as the “guide to self in the fast changing world”, the world we haven’t evolved to cope with. My belief is that it’s the information overload we, humans, struggle with the most (and technology is just a carrier for information). “Indistractable” equips us with a map and tools to navigate this increasingly complex world. Our survival as individuals, our wellbeing and life satisfaction depend on these elusive set of skills that Nir calls “being indistractable”. It’s a kind of superpower that’s totally within everyone’s reach. I would not only recommend the book for those who want to live a better life, a life fuller of meaning, I’d argue it ought to be a compulsory lecture for schools and universities. I imagine distraction-free graduates would be the ones who have the mental capacity so much needed for tackling our civilisation’s biggest challenges and make our world a better place for all. Don’t wait, read this book. Become indistractable. Change your life and change the world.

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  • Joe Diablo
  • 16-08-19

Dishonesty - Kind Of A Huge Distraction

The author starts by shamelessly plugging his previous book; then blatantly lies to us.

At approximately 10:08 he says "I steer clear of recommending well worn techniques like mindfulness and meditation."
He goes on to say that he's tried that and it didn't quite do the trick for him. He says he suspects that if you're listening to his book, it's because mindfulness meditation didn't work for you either.

If that was his honest opinion, and if he then proceeded to outline a substantially different approach to resolving distractions, I would have no complaint. The advice that follows, however, is precisely - chapter and verse - MINDFULNESS. He even tells us to imagine, and passively observe, our distracting thoughts and feelings as leaves floating down a stream.

This bothers me because I'm actually a huge fan of mindfulness meditation. I've been using it in conjunction with self-hypnosis techniques to resolve issues with binge eating. I was interested in his book just to see if he had anything interesting to add. Apparently not.

If you are interested in mindfulness, save yourself an Audible credit and go learn it from Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's YouTube channel. It's free.

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  • Kristian W.
  • 12-08-19

a no bullshit book

a no bullshit book on the human brain, and practical steps to improve your focus. love it!

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  • Atlantian
  • 14-08-19

Best book of the past 5 years

This book is absolutely excellent.

Basically if you read this book and apply even just a third of what is recommended you’ll be more productive than 90% of the population. The amazing thing is, I find myself feeling much more relaxed now that I’m cranking out good work consistently.

This is a great work and if you apply what you learn it’ll pay for itself in about half an hour, after that it’s all compounding profit!!!

Don’t hesitate! But this great book.

If you want to thrive in the information economy there are three books that will put you in the top 5%:
The Second Machine Age - about the knowledge work economy
Deep Work - the strategy (and tactics) on how to work productively
Indistractable - the tactical steps you need to take to maximise your productivity (covers both how to produce (traction), and how to minimise resistance (distraction - internal and external)).

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-19

Loved it

I will definitely be implementing the concepts discussed in this book. I wish my younger self could have read this.

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  • Becky DeGrossa
  • 18-08-19

Gave me hope that I can reclaim my autonomy

Very engaging. Gives bite sized implementation tips. I listened to the whole thing while hiking. Now to dig into the free workbook and implement!

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  • David
  • 18-08-19

Exceptionally practical advice to claim your life back

This was easily the best book I have read in the past year. The steps laid out to help improve relationships with family, friends and work are simple, elegant, and effective. Much care was put into explaining how our time and attention is diverted away from what we truly want, while referencing the relevant peer reviewed psychology articles supporting the proposed conclusions. Debunking common myths, helping me understand how to take accountability for excuses I didn’t even realize I was previously making. I recommend this book for any parent, manger, child or person who finds themselves distracted. In essence, I think everyone could benefit from this book. The real question is, do you actually apply the advice or just listen to it?

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  • asa shapiro
  • 13-08-19

not as good as hooked

interseting topic but somthing was missing
not as strong as hooked. not as smart at insightful as the first book

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  • Marty McDonough
  • 07-08-19

100% Get

I have listened to Nir's other book "Hooked" and it was a must listen so Nir already had my loyalty.

My point is, with a book from Nir you don't need to think twice. You need to get his book and have it in your library for references of tools that will help you be the best you can be in you work, passion, and life. A hardworking author like Nir works for years crafting a book to share with us. I know I will apply what Nir shares right away and I am confident you will too :)

I have just started listening. I will give a bigger review after I finish.
Cheers
Marty

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