Nir's List of Favorite Indistractable Tools
Indistractable lays bare the secret of finally doing what you say you will do with a four-step, research-backed model. Discover the key to getting the best out of technology, without letting it get the best of us.
The following is Nir’s curated list of the best tools and resources to help you stay focused and become Indistractable.
Note: Some of the links below may include special discounts or affiliate links.
Master Internal Triggers
Being indistractable is about understanding the real reasons why we do things against our best interests. If we want to master distraction, we must learn to deal with our desire to escape discomfort.
Recover!: An Empowering Program to Help You Stop Thinking Like an Addict and Reclaim Your Life (Book)
Addiction is almost never the source of our distractions, but for some people it is. Dr. Stanton Peele’s proven program is a practical, self-directed process that can empower readers to “develop the skills to live fully and prevent relapse; and much more.”
Make Time for Traction
You can't call something a distraction unless you know what it is distracting you from. Planning ahead is the only way to know the difference.
Hack Back External Triggers
Pings, dings, rings, and other cues in our environment frequently take us off track. We must ask: Is this trigger serving me, or am I serving it?
Software that analyzes your email habits to determine future email importance and auto-filter/organize those emails so that the most important ways get the attention they deserve. It also comes with the SaneBlackHole feature that ensures you never see emails from a particular address ever again. (Enjoy a $25 credit to be applied to your account on top of a 14-day free trial using this link.)
A guide for turning your phone to “brick mode” while doing focused work. Feel free to use this custom message to let people know you’re indistractable: “Hi! This is an automated reply to let you know I’m indistractable at the moment. 📵 I will not see your message right away but I’ll get back to you shortly.”
This app nearly completely eliminated the annoying telemarketer calls I used to receive. It's also hilarious! When a telemarketer calls your phone, the system plays a recorded message to waste as much of their time as possible so they take you off their list. It's genius!
Prevent Distraction with Pacts
Being indistractable not only requires keeping distraction out. It also necessitates keeping ourselves in via pacts.
Another effective app and website blocker for Mac, Windows, Android, iPad, and iPhone that allows you to set a specific distraction-free schedule, synced across all of your devices. Use the code "INDISTRACTABLE" at checkout for 40% off Yearly or Forever Freedom Premium plans.
Other Helpful Resources and Tools
Below are a few additional tools helpful tools that you may find useful as you continue your journey towards controlling our attention and choosing your life.