"Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results."
—James Clear, author of Atomic Habits
"If you value your time, your focus, or your relationships, this book is essential reading. I'm putting these ideas into practice."
—Jonathan Haidt, author of The Righteous Mind
Winner of the Outstanding Works of Literature (OWL) Award
Included in the Top 5 Best Personal Development Books of the Year by Audible
Included in the Top 20 Best Business and Leadership Books of the Year by Amazon
Featured in The Amazon Book Review Newsletter, January 2020
Goodreads Best Science & Technology of 2019 Finalist
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? What if you had the power to become "indistractable?"
International bestselling 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.
Eyal (Hooked), a former Stanford Graduate School of Business professor, dissects the difficulties of staying on task in modern times and presents attention-strengthening strategies in this helpful guide. Using many diagrams to present action items and current research on attention retention, Eyal argues that learning to deal with discomfort must be mastered in order to overcome distraction. He explores why people become distracted and offers solutions on how to adjust one's thinking to reimagine triggers, understand willpower, and how to solidify one's identity around "being indistractable." Chapters are dedicated to what Eyal considers life's largest distractions, including smartphone use, email, and socializing with co-workers and friends. At the end of each chapter, he lists solutions for managing these common triggers and "hacks" for staying on task, such as overscheduling the day (or "timeboxing"), rearranging one's phone display screen, using peer pressure in helpful ways through "microcommitments," and concentrating on financial incentives. Eyal also suggests apps that can help with each suggestion. Eyal's insights into how one's values and daily schedule relate to distraction will be persuasive to any reader.
Insightful and valuable
This book proved instrumental in helping me identify various trigger types of distractions. I highly recommend it to those seeking a better understanding of triggers and their impact on our behaviors. The writing quality was generally acceptable, making it a worthwhile read.
Good read and helpful!