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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.

Thanks,
Bart

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It's about building good habits

A distraction takes you away from something you had planned. Plan your time to gain traction on the tasks you want done. For example, responding to emails at work is traction. While responding to emails at your child's soccer game is a distraction. Disarm the trigger for distractions:
* Look for the emotions that seed distractions.
* Keep track of all the triggers.
* Explore the negative sensation of the triggers (tell yourself to wait 10 minutes before giving in to the craving for the distraction).
* Be extra cautious during liminal moments (transitioning from one task to another, such as leaving a meeting and checking your smartphone).

Much as of the content is familiar if you've read productivity, good habits, and focus books. I gave it high rating because this book is well organized, well written, and a good balance of information and advice.

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Solid but really nothing new...

Overall a solid book, but seriously lacking in originality. Most, if not all of the info can be found in order and older self-development books, including references to the same studies. Only the labels used slightly differ. Still, if you haven't read any of those books yet, this is a great place to start since it basically summarizes the main points of productivity.

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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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Good Information

Good information its just rehashed and reworded a few too many times. The important lessons in this book could probably have taken up less than fifty pages or an hour of audible - of course that does not a book make.

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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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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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Good book with some drawbacks

There are some great advice in this book, and I think most will find the methods very useful. I do not like the self-help book genre, and I wish this wasn’t written in that style. My other drawback is that the author in the introduction claims he has tried meditation but that it didn’t help him get Indistractable. I would on the other hand claim that most of the methods here are thaught in meditation by people like Joseph Goldstein.

The chapters on parenting and kids relating to technology were very useful. 3,5 stars overall.

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • TheDon
  • 01-16-20

Dull

some reasonable points and ideas here, but dragged out and hard work to listen to.

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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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  • TC
  • 01-14-20

Nothing new here.

Very repetitive with nothing really new to say. In parts I felt like I was listening to adverts for Apps the author had invested in.

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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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  • Englund Anders E
  • 01-24-20

Half was good

The second half seemed less thought through and included lots of things not very relevant, like the authors relationship to people and a deep dive into things relevant to him. It makes it less relatable and frankly less believable (e.g. teenagers problems being solved by one comment).

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  • Carlos
  • 01-23-20

Very interesting and will hook you easily!

I found out very interesting, easy to understand and made sense to me. So many things are overlooked or simplistically explained,only for later to be debunked! And this audiobook did help me to look again and reassess my own opinions or thoughts on a good few points ;-)

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  • Calarasiu
  • 01-20-20

very helpful

helpful tips about how to deal with the distractions that are all around us and focus on what we want to do. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-16-20

Great productivity book

Great evidence based personal development book. Excellent narration by the author. Recommended.

The chapters on workplace culture and parenting were stand out areas for me.

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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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  • 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!

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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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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-22-20

Will change lives

smart and practical advice on first why we get distracted, triggers, the effects and how to overcome this. it's not just a do this book, it explains why we do this so we can really understand our behaviour and thus be able to make long term changes

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  • roger lewis
  • 12-29-19

great book for employers and parents

gives some great advice tips and tricks how to stay focused easy listen as well loved it

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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
  • 12-04-19

Life changing

Thank you Nir Eyal

I’ll be doing your work book from your website.
And incorporate this info in my life