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Indistractable

How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Narrated by: Nir Eyal
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"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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Most tactical and practical book on focus

The most tactical and practical book + resources for getting to deep work. One of the few books I’ve read that come with a workbook and other materials to help with the implementation of the theory and guidance outlined in the book. This past weekend I started working through the workbook with my family and they've been largely receptive given the way the points and exercises are laid out. I won’t share all my notes here but a few key points I found really interesting were:
- Distraction is how our brain deals with pain/discomfort. If distraction costs us time, time management is pain management.
- Residual beneficiaries (legal term) are what family become if you don’t prioritize them.
- Sometimes people call a meeting to avoid going through the effort of thinking through a problem themselves. Require: agenda and a brief (a proposed solution)
- Ego-depletion is NOT real. There was publication bias. It’s all about the thoughts in our head.

Lastly, I appreciate the passion and enthusiasm the author, Nir, put into narrating the audiobook himself!

In short, I highly recommend you take a listen.

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Bart

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Helpful reminders for self and children

Nir does a great job in helping us realize the power of focus and how distractable we have become. Tips and steps to be indistractable are helpful and well thought out.
I saw Nir at a conference this year and he is great in person as well. Ironically I didn’t remember his name from listening to his book “Hooked”, and was even more glad to be hearing him in person when I finally realized that he was the author of that book.
I only wish that this book was longer, it’s an easy and enjoyable listen. I learned some things to help my children which was a great bonus!

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Incredibly interesting and extremely practical

Our family listened to a number of chapter together and loved how Nir shared practical tips on how to live out your values.

Particularly on how to make time for personal goals and relationships as these are area that can quickly get neglected for the demands of work and school.

Highly recommend for anyone who wants to focus more and be proactive with their time and attention.

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  • David
  • Denver, CO
  • 08-18-19

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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Must-listen

Well-research, illuminating, concise, and well-narrated by the author. If you're getting distracted by browsing reviews, stop and pick this book already. For the fans of Atomic Habits by James Clear.

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Offers multiple, actionable suggestions

I worried that Indistractable might be hardcore and suggest stuff like quitting all social media to increase productivity. I was greatly relieved to find it did not! Instead, the author offers multiple suggestions for intentionally controlling non-productive habits. I've already instituted the time-blocking suggestions with good success, putting my most important tasks at the top of my day, with social media near the bottom. I'm eager to try out some of the apps suggested to help increase focus, too.

The audiobook was just over 5 hours, so no fluff. Just solid explanations and actionable,suggestions. Will listen to this audiobook more than once. Highly recommend!

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Incredibly helpful!

I listened to this book twice in a row and each time I found separate little gems I missed. I immediately started timeboxing my schedule and 2 weeks in I've already been more productive. I also loved the chapters on raising indistractable children. Although I'm a big fan of personal development it never occurred to me how many practices I could teach my son that would not only help out now but also make his habits better for everything he dreams to accomplish in the future. Great listen, Definitely highly recommended.

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Great perspective

It's a culmination of many different concepts out there in one easy to follow package. I used to follow a strict time management routine and this audio book mentioned why it worked. It's a great reminder on how to get back to the things that matter.

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Book is TRASH \#/

Ironic how "Indistractable" is a book that has more tangents than a circle. All author does is parrot some common-sense facts (e.g.: "constantly checking your phone is bad" or "people interrupting you is distracting" - no sh!t).
He also alludes at a hodgepodge of psych studies in such a shallow way that I can barely classify it as "bro science".

Book is a waste of time, get "Deep Work" by Cal Newport instead.

P.S. the author's sense of humor and cadence are cringey AF.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-26-19

Total waste of time (and credit)

I was prepared for some fascinating new insights into how to thwart the incessant gamification/intentional-addictiveness of tech. Instead I got mindfulness written in a self help style, advice to remove unused apps from my phone, turn off notifications and read email once a day and use a time block method to schedule your day. There was really nothing new or especially noteworthy about this book, and it certainly wasn't the best version of this advice I've ever read either.

Oh and to download the workbook you have to download it from his website where he takes your email address and proceeds to start adding to the distractible nature of your inbox with his unwanted newsletter. Sigh.

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  • Simon Roper
  • 11-03-19

great book, excellent chapters relating to kids

after listening to the book i want a hard copy as it's a book you can go back to over again.

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  • flexiblemirror
  • 08-14-19

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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  • Mr. C. Richards
  • 11-19-19

Good tips

It took 5 chapters before he gets to anything remotely practical... the first 5 simply spent on framing the problem, i.e. people have distractions.

The rest is pretty good advice although it goes off on a tangent with kids distractions, then social conditioning at the end

but at least a few chapters of good info here

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  • Mary Mercy
  • 11-15-19

Summarises lots of other books on productivity

I’ve read a lot about productivity over the last year so much of the book served as a good summary of reminder of techniques from other books. The section I found most helpful and which was a bit unexpected to me as content was in thinking about how to help our kids develop the capacity to be indistractable especially in the digital age. There were some really good insights about supporting kids and also ensuring we are not distracted from our connections with one another . A nice read

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  • Lee Burgess
  • 11-05-19

Useful tips on surviving the internet age

Some fantastic insight and reference to research on what distracts us and blocks our full potential. Narrated by the author helped it feel the message was more personal.

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  • Aarathy Kulathunkal
  • 10-30-19

Understand distraction & ways to b indistractible

Second half of the book particularly talk a lot about Nir's personal experiences. He also shares a lot of research and evidence in the first half of the book and some in the second half to back up the strategies. If I want to be picky I would have said, finish with a summary for the book and add more evidences for the technics in the second half.

This is not just someone giving science out, this guy clearly has used these tips himself and transformed his life.

some of the technics like Time boxing is already well known.. however the perspective he has is new on how to use it and to what extent.

I am someone who is very interested in the science of how mind works, for me, this was very interesting from start to finish. love the way he finishes each chapter with remember this, helps a lot when you are listening and not taking notes.

love the vulnerability of sharing personal details like the struggles in sharing work with his wife, being distracted when with daughter etc this makes the book very relatable. he also goes into helping others deal with distraction such as work team, family and friends too.

when he was telling about the mental debate on whether to read the 7 productivity hacks or work, I couldn't believe it. This guy gets it and also seem to have completed writing a good book with the technics he preaches. 100% worth listening to. Thanks to the author for sharing not only his knowledge show how to be indistractible but also his experience which instils a belief that being indistractible is attainable.

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  • W. R. Kirby
  • 10-03-19

Clear, concise, full of good advice

Really enjoyed this, some solid wisdom in there, plus I appreciated that they got to the point - sometimes these sorts of books are padded with loads of waffle!

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  • Jarryd
  • 10-02-19

A must read for the modern day

This book was short, powerful and perfectly timed. I thoroughly enjoyed the thought-provoking chapters on how to raise children in the digital age.

The simplicity of the solution is striking and something I will definitely seek to implement in my own life.

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  • R-the Relentless
  • 09-28-19

Incredible instruction of becoming Indestractible!

Written and read in a completely understanding, compassionate, and intelligent way, Nir is an expert of managing distractions.
Great book for becoming truly present with our own daily tasks, and to be fully with our family and friends.
Definitely will aim to use the advice given in the book to get the most out of my daily experiences!

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  • Becca
  • 11-14-19

Sales sales sales

To much information about different apps in the book feels like hours of adds 😩
Will be returning. Too much sales it's boring

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  • Fran
  • 10-26-19

Fantastic book. author resources online too.

great book. a point of view different to blocking websites. if having difficulty with your phone then set restrictions, focus on what you value and question whether there is something deeper leading you to react and get distracted

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-17-19

Phenomenally useful book

This book is phenomenally useful for reclaiming our minds, attention and ability to be present.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-19

Doesn't fall into the demonisation of tech!

I loathe many of these latest tech self-help books which decry smartphones as the fall of civilisation as we know it. Eyal doesn't fall into this trap and cites a bunch of super interesting studies suggesting how positive tech use can be for us! I like the attention drawn to self-regulatory strategies and internal triggers and reading this should give you a bit of a preliminary understanding of why we get hooked to our devices and how we can free ourselves.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-19

very good!<br />

was a little put off at first thinking the downloable materials would be an attempt to sell more or something but they were helpful. Nir seems very genuine and the advice is thoughtful, informed and easily applicable. enjoy!

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  • Warren
  • 09-19-19

Indistractable in a digital world

This is a book I wish I had back when I started working in corporate. The author demonstrates his deep insights into the topic gets to the root causes of distraction. The books had tons of practical strategies, tools and stories that I could immediately relate to. Highly recommended for anyone looking to succeed in the information era!