Indistractable
"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.

Indistractable Details

TitleIndistractable
Author
ReleaseSep 10th, 2019
PublisherBenbella Books
ISBN-139781948836531
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Self Help, Productivity, Personal Development

Indistractable Review

  • Charles Roels
    January 1, 1970
    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!
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  • Elvina Zafril
    January 1, 1970
    I sometimes when I'm with friends, I constantly checking out my phone. I know my friends were annoyed. HAHAH until I read this book, I can call myself 'phubber' meaning phone snubber.I loved this book so much. It was really incredible. I loved that this book is relatable in some kind of ways in my personal life.I am always being distracted by something. I'm so glad I read this book. I can apply all the tips in my daily life. I really enjoyed the section in this book. I'm the type of people who l I sometimes when I'm with friends, I constantly checking out my phone. I know my friends were annoyed. HAHAH until I read this book, I can call myself 'phubber' meaning phone snubber.I loved this book so much. It was really incredible. I loved that this book is relatable in some kind of ways in my personal life.I am always being distracted by something. I'm so glad I read this book. I can apply all the tips in my daily life. I really enjoyed the section in this book. I'm the type of people who learn by example. This author put the section in his book. So I started with the section 5 first and then I will go back to section 1 to know more about the details in section 5. I think I have discovered some of the root cause why I'm easily get distracted.All the tips are practical and very useful. There are also reminders in the book.I have already recommended it to some of my friends. Thank you Pansing @definitlybooks for sending me a copy of Indistractable in return for an honest review. This book will be available at all good bookstores October onwards.
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  • Alan Stout
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Mehrsa
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Rod Moser
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Austin Rief
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Kerry-louise Jones
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • ryan brown
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Jonathan
    January 1, 1970
    Really valuable insights!
  • Valentin
    January 1, 1970
    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" successI 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 http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html
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  • Amit Verma
    January 1, 1970
    Today nobody will deny that we have become overloaded with data to toxic levels and we consume so much trash of data daily, which we will never use.Continuous distractions lead to reduced productivity, creativity and family life We miss so much in an effort to avoid missing out on alleged important stuff.Author covers wide range of topics and examples. Your kid and you, you and your spice, first hour of your office, teenager, gamer and children.He describes his theory about saving oneself from d Today nobody will deny that we have become overloaded with data to toxic levels and we consume so much trash of data daily, which we will never use.Continuous distractions lead to reduced productivity, creativity and family life We miss so much in an effort to avoid missing out on alleged important stuff.Author covers wide range of topics and examples. Your kid and you, you and your spice, first hour of your office, teenager, gamer and children.He describes his theory about saving oneself from distractions. Author emphasises that digital distractions are not the only distractions. There are whole lot of other triggers and distractions.Putting your cellphone away will not solve the problems. Author specifically focuses on management of smartphone.There are science experiments and examples from applied psychology. I liked this book because of its simplicity and practical knowledge.Looking forward to read , hooked also written by same author.Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.
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  • Barbara Gorzinski
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this book because it had plenty of suggestions for me to overcome my distractability. I know the ability to be free from distractibility is a skill smart, successful people possess. This book had lots of research that explained to me why I find it so easy to succumb to distractions from both people and devices. I usually make a deal with the devil to indulge in videos, emails, posting on FB--but I'm getting too old to try and make up the time with all night forced-focus work sessions to ma Loved this book because it had plenty of suggestions for me to overcome my distractability. I know the ability to be free from distractibility is a skill smart, successful people possess. This book had lots of research that explained to me why I find it so easy to succumb to distractions from both people and devices. I usually make a deal with the devil to indulge in videos, emails, posting on FB--but I'm getting too old to try and make up the time with all night forced-focus work sessions to make up for my dilly-dallying. I love being "in flow" when I work. It's just a real chore to discipline myself to get there. I took this book in through Audible, but I have a galley copy to mark up, too, and now I'll be working through the workbook exercises. And checking our the research references, apps to help me manage my focus, and being diligent about my time-box scheduling. I have to say, listening to Nir read the book was a joy. I predict I'll return to this one often.
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  • Stephanie Guerra
    January 1, 1970
    Lots of practical tips and tools to use in your personal and professional lives- recommend a pre-order! You can pre-order and then get the pdf copy in advance via his website
  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Really helpful and straightforward book. I appreciate his clear definitions of traction and internal/external triggers. This book made me feel more empowered and that living the life I want to live is not only possible, it might even be easier than I’ve habitually thought!I received a digital copy of the book from the publisher for review.
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  • Julio Medina
    January 1, 1970
    Must-read book for anyone interested in upping your productivity.
  • Dirk van der Walt
    January 1, 1970
    The book caught my eye totally by coincidence- I am so glad it did, the insights, research, observation has made a real difference in my life already.I would gladly recommend the book
  • Joe
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic book and additional resources provided by the author.Need to follow this advice, get off our phones and social media and spend time creating a proper meaningful life.
  • Levi Mårten
    January 1, 1970
    "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. Surprising "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.
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  • Adam Waxman
    January 1, 1970
    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book. As someone who works in product design and is also addicted to technology, I had been patiently waiting for this book since he mentioned it at a talk several years ago. Similar to Hooked, he does a great job of distilling complex topics into easy to remember terminology. In particular, I really like the way he defines and provides a framework to think about distractions (things that move you away from what you really want) vs traction (thing I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book. As someone who works in product design and is also addicted to technology, I had been patiently waiting for this book since he mentioned it at a talk several years ago. Similar to Hooked, he does a great job of distilling complex topics into easy to remember terminology. In particular, I really like the way he defines and provides a framework to think about distractions (things that move you away from what you really want) vs traction (things that move you closer to what you really want). In addition to providing useful ways to think about distractions at a high level, there are also great specific tips to help with common distractions (phone, email, office, etc). Lastly, the “Remember This” sections at the end of every chapter make it much easier to recall and remember the key takeaways. It's a great read. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to be more intentional with their time and actions.
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  • Ariel Kahan
    January 1, 1970
    I'm an early reader and an aspiring adopter of Indistractable: a book that provides an actionable roadmap for mitigating the growing distraction in our lives.Easy to navigate and follow, Indistractable covers real-life scenarios at home and work, with personal goals, professional path, relationships, time planning and more.The book systematically addresses a diverse spectrum of distraction-related information, most of us would find very relevant in our lives. Moreover, it offers practical techni I'm an early reader and an aspiring adopter of Indistractable: a book that provides an actionable roadmap for mitigating the growing distraction in our lives.Easy to navigate and follow, Indistractable covers real-life scenarios at home and work, with personal goals, professional path, relationships, time planning and more.The book systematically addresses a diverse spectrum of distraction-related information, most of us would find very relevant in our lives. Moreover, it offers practical techniques to deal with distraction: identifying and coping with its triggers, reimagining tasks as fun, timeboxing important activities, tools for mitigating distraction with kids, and more.Nowadays, Indistractable is probably an essential read for everybody.
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  • Andrea Hill
    January 1, 1970
    I was an early reviewer of this book, and I'm so excited that others can read it now!I've been a fan of Nir's since I saw him at SXSW years ago, and then read Hooked. In this book, he shares tactics to avoid being 'hooked' by distractions, and live the fruitful life you deserve.What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book?The book contained good thought- as well as practical exercises. Time-boxing was great. I liked the recommendation to be more mindful and intentional through the d I was an early reviewer of this book, and I'm so excited that others can read it now!I've been a fan of Nir's since I saw him at SXSW years ago, and then read Hooked. In this book, he shares tactics to avoid being 'hooked' by distractions, and live the fruitful life you deserve.What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book?The book contained good thought- as well as practical exercises. Time-boxing was great. I liked the recommendation to be more mindful and intentional through the day, and the activities to support you in adopting more heathy behaviors. Would heartily recommend!
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  • Sharon Danzger
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed reading this book (I received an advance copy so I was an early reader.) Eyal includes great anecdotes and personal stories. This made him "one of us;" struggling with the same issues of distraction that plague all of us! The strategies are practical and evidence-based...a winning combination!
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  • Taylor
    January 1, 1970
    I came into this book as a major fan of Nir’s, and to be honest, was skeptical that he could reproduce the same elegance and practicality of his first book, Hooked. With Indistractable, Nir has proven that his gift extends far beyond his knowledge, to his ability to go deep on the research, on our behalf, and then translate that research into simple, actionable, and fun/easy to read material. I am really psyched about this book and strongly recommend it.As context, I am someone who reads books a I came into this book as a major fan of Nir’s, and to be honest, was skeptical that he could reproduce the same elegance and practicality of his first book, Hooked. With Indistractable, Nir has proven that his gift extends far beyond his knowledge, to his ability to go deep on the research, on our behalf, and then translate that research into simple, actionable, and fun/easy to read material. I am really psyched about this book and strongly recommend it.As context, I am someone who reads books about productivity because I have struggled mightily. I love people who are into “productivity optimization” but I am not one of those people. Productivity is about survival for me, not optimization. Indistractible has been an inspiring and useful book for me. This is due in large part to its simplicity.The first thing I like is the framework. 1. Master internal triggers2. Make time (for traction)3. Reduce external triggers4. Prevent distraction (with pacts)Using Nir’s book and workbook, I was able to identify small but meaningful opportunities in each category that have made an impact already. I am carving out more time for traction and creating pacts to make the most of that time, via Focusmate or Zoom meetings with other remote/freelance workers. This has been game-changing for me!!While I felt I was already strong on external triggers, Nir’s research and writing were highly motivating and validating of what I’m doing right. Most people have no idea how badly they are crushing themselves, by choice, with external triggers. (However as a bonus: I was able to identify a few triggers that cause me to eat too much pizza and ice cream.)Probably the biggest development area for me is around internal triggers, and Nir’s reframe of time management as pain management was really empowering. I have historically tried to brute force my way into reducing bad forces in my life, and my “mental abstinence” approach as Nir calls it is very difficult to follow through with. I am journaling almost daily now to identify the feelings I’m having that lead to poor choices, and this is making a HUGE difference.This was an easy 5-star rating for me and I’m happy to recommend this book.
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  • Victoria Klein
    January 1, 1970
    We all know distractions are a serious problem, but can you really be "indistractable?"Nir Eyal thinks so, and after reading his book, I'm in the same boat.After reading Atomic Habits by James Clear + Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, I thought I had a full understanding of the costs of distractions + how to combat them through discipline + habits. Turns out I was just scratching the surface."All motivation is a desire to escape discomfort. If a behavior was previously effective at providing re We all know distractions are a serious problem, but can you really be "indistractable?"Nir Eyal thinks so, and after reading his book, I'm in the same boat.After reading Atomic Habits by James Clear + Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, I thought I had a full understanding of the costs of distractions + how to combat them through discipline + habits. Turns out I was just scratching the surface."All motivation is a desire to escape discomfort. If a behavior was previously effective at providing relief, we’re likely to continue using it as a tool to escape discomfort."Learning the value of being uncomfortable is something vital to make the most of life, but it's not a skill we're really taught - especially today. We've become slaves to whatever makes us feel better, rarely delving into WHY we aren't happy or productive.More often than not, I find that the solution to my discomfort/distraction is rather simple - I'm simply afraid. Afraid of what might happen if it actually works. Afraid what might happen if I take that small next step, and succeed. Instead, it's much easier to stay distracted - then I have an excuse. I could spend my time on things that other people say are important, but we all know really f*cking isn't."Time management is pain management. Distractions cost us time, and like all actions, they are spurred by the desire to escape discomfort."Nir's book is written in easy-to-digest small chapters, but don't let that fool you. He's packed a lot of useful information, research, and personal insight into each chapter. I found myself highlighting at least one section from each chapter.From broad-scope concepts like internal triggers + life domains to specific tips for email, social media, reading articles, and time with friends + family, Indistractable touches on it all.This book is a fabulous springboard to taking control of the day-to-day distractions in your life that you may not even realize are dragging you down.
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  • Uday Singh
    January 1, 1970
    There’s only once in a long while that I find a book that I feel is perfect. This was one of such books. My first 5-star read of September turned out to be the one which made my whole life way more productive. Here’s how.The book is a collection of practical advices that come with science-based research and relatable examples from real life. It deals with distractions of all kinds and from the very title of the book, you get to make yourself an indistractable person. You’ll understand it once yo There’s only once in a long while that I find a book that I feel is perfect. This was one of such books. My first 5-star read of September turned out to be the one which made my whole life way more productive. Here’s how.The book is a collection of practical advices that come with science-based research and relatable examples from real life. It deals with distractions of all kinds and from the very title of the book, you get to make yourself an indistractable person. You’ll understand it once you start reading it.The book is divided into several segments and each one of them deals with a different kind of distraction. Plus, the best part that nothing is left behind and no technique is too complex. Anyone can start applying what they learn from this book even before they are done reading it. And honestly, using the very first tip in the book I’m able to make this review happen without messing us with my time schedules. Specifically, that one is called Time-boxing.Some tips would come off as the common ones while others can turn out as the real deal-breakers. Also, other than diving the book by the distractions, the book is also divided via solutions. In this package, this book provides you with well-paced chapters with just enough content and even some images that go with it.The book makes you want to pick it up, and even if you are going to read single non-fiction this year, this is a worthy contender to be that.
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  • Diane Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    “Being Indistractable means striving to do what you say you will do.”The author presents four steps that fight the major time sucks in your life and how you deal with them. First, there are concrete methods to master internal triggers that distract from the task you should be doing. The author then states how to make time in your busy schedule for tasks that are a better match to your values. Next up are ways to avoid external triggers that lead to distraction. Finally, ways to prevent distracti “Being Indistractable means striving to do what you say you will do.”The author presents four steps that fight the major time sucks in your life and how you deal with them. First, there are concrete methods to master internal triggers that distract from the task you should be doing. The author then states how to make time in your busy schedule for tasks that are a better match to your values. Next up are ways to avoid external triggers that lead to distraction. Finally, ways to prevent distraction are analyzed. There are several chapters on how to encourage your children to be indistractable too.I see a lot of my behaviors in this book. Even though I blame my pesky co-workers for my lack of focus, many of my problems are actually internal. I get bored easily. I can envision using the tips in this book, essentially gamifying my mundane tasks, will help me focus more. I’ve been setting Alexa’s timer for ten minutes to see if I really need to do something different as the book suggests. Often the desire for doing something else vanishes. The book calls this “surfing the wave” and it has worked for me. Reading Indistractable is a great use of your time so you can schedule time for what matters most to you. 5 stars!Thanks to BenBella Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Mylene
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Priya
    January 1, 1970
    The author believes that actions are caused either by internal or external triggers. These triggers have the ability to steer you right (traction) or wrong (distraction), the model is how the book is structured. The book contains two additional sections - managing distractions at the workplace and managing distraction with children.The ideas presented in each part of the book were well researched. There was nothing extraordinary about any of the stuff mentioned in any of the parts. Yet, the book The author believes that actions are caused either by internal or external triggers. These triggers have the ability to steer you right (traction) or wrong (distraction), the model is how the book is structured. The book contains two additional sections - managing distractions at the workplace and managing distraction with children.The ideas presented in each part of the book were well researched. There was nothing extraordinary about any of the stuff mentioned in any of the parts. Yet, the book was well-structured and that made reading an easy exercise. The ideas mentioned definitely have merit. My favorite part was the part on managing distractions by making pacts. The ideas of effort pact and money pact hold promise for me.Overall, I think I would benefit from a reread and making a list of things that I can try apart from the pacts.I received a free copy of the book from NetGalley.
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  • Lance Haley
    January 1, 1970
    I read the beta copy before release. It's a salient look at the problem of how our motivations and anxieties, coupled with natural aspects of the human brain, all conspire to hijack our attention. Just understanding the ways in which we can recapture our brain's attention to focus on the tasks at hand by making small changes in our habits is helpful. That is particularly problematic for someone who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and loves absorbing new information. I can spend hours a day lost on I read the beta copy before release. It's a salient look at the problem of how our motivations and anxieties, coupled with natural aspects of the human brain, all conspire to hijack our attention. Just understanding the ways in which we can recapture our brain's attention to focus on the tasks at hand by making small changes in our habits is helpful. That is particularly problematic for someone who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and loves absorbing new information. I can spend hours a day lost on going down rabbit holes on the internet. There are too many ways of being distracted in this day and age. Ironically, my phones are not the problem. I rarely use them for anything other than basic communication for personal and business purposes. But park my butt down in the chair in front of that big screen on my credenza, and "bye bye".Buy this book. It will help you recognize how to curb distractions. That most insidious of brain-drain phenomenons in the Information Age.
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  • Leanne
    January 1, 1970
    Many thanks to Netgalley and ... who provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book and found it an original subject perfect for me because I am easily distracted. I'm the kind of person who has five-plus tabs open on her browser.The book is full of tips on how to avoid being distracted and furthermore includes extra information on Nir Eyal's website, which I will be referring to. A good marker of a book is when the reader wants to re-read it which I do. I'll probabl Many thanks to Netgalley and ... who provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book and found it an original subject perfect for me because I am easily distracted. I'm the kind of person who has five-plus tabs open on her browser.The book is full of tips on how to avoid being distracted and furthermore includes extra information on Nir Eyal's website, which I will be referring to. A good marker of a book is when the reader wants to re-read it which I do. I'll probably have a look over my list next year and re-read some of the books I've been reading.I'm not going to mark it down because of what I'm about to write but I did find some of the elements amusing such as having a notice up on an office desk or cubicle letting others know not to distract me. I would never have gotten away with that at the offices I worked at though each to their own.
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