How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
"If you value your time, your focus, or your relationships, this book is essential reading. I’m putting these ideas into practice."
-Prof. Jonathan Haidt, author, The Righteous Mind
Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we get the best from technology without letting it get the best of us?
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Being indistractable is the essential skill for our time.
– Greg McKeown, author, Essentialism
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“Indistractable is the most practical and realistic approach to balancing technology with well-being. A must-read for anyone with a smartphone.”
“This book has done more to change the way I see the world than anything I’ve read in the past several years. The actionable insights from Indistractable have helped me reduced my daily time spent on email by 90%.”
“Indistractable is filled with both wisdom and humor. This is a valuable read for anyone navigating our modern world.”
“In the future, there will be two kinds of people in the world. Those who read and apply the principles in Indistractable and those who wish they had read it sooner.”
“As a lifelong procrastinator, I’m painfully aware of how much productivity-related advice there is out there and how little of it is actually helpful. Indistractable is an exception.”
“Indistractable will help you make the most of your time and find peace and productivity in an increasingly distracting world.”
“In a world filled with noise, Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results.”
“Nir Eyal understands the modern technologies of attention from the inside, and in this practical and timely book, he shares the secrets to regaining, and sustaining, the capacity to focus on what matters. Your brain (not to mention your spouse, your kids, and your friends) will thank you for reading it.”
“Indistractable is priceless. You can’t afford to ignore this book.”
“This is such an important book. Indistractable is the best guide I’ve read for reclaiming our attention, our focus, and our lives.”
“I can think of no more important skill than focus and no better teacher than Nir Eyal. Being indistractable is the skill of the century.”
“Dive head-first into this book. Indistractable is a fascinating, visual, and profoundly helpful guide to overcoming distraction. The deeper you dig into this book, the more productive you’ll become.”
Control Your Attention. Choose Your Life.
You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you attempt 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 knew how to improve concentration and overcome distractions? What if you had the power to stay focused and 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 describes:
- 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.
“This book is full of insights, stories, cutting-edge research and—most helpful—concrete, manageable strategies for becoming indistractable.”
“By following Eyal’s four-step, research-backed model, you’ll be able to gain control of your attention and leverage the incredible benefits of modern technology without feeling scattered and drained. Indistractable is an essential book for people looking to make big things happen in the digital age.”
“Indistractable puts humans back where we belong when it comes to distraction: in the cockpit of our own lives.”
“Indistractable was an ‘ah-ha moment’ for me. Eyal distills academic research without ignoring the nuances and he values the readers’ time with a Goldilocks amount of detail, relevant examples, and practical strategies.”
“An essential book for anyone trying to think, work, or live better.”
“Indistractable is a master class in understanding the root cause of distraction. Recommended for anyone looking to do more deep work.”
“Indistractable helped me realize technology was not the real reason I got distracted and struggled to get things done. It changed how I manage every part of my day and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Everybody should read this book!”
“Success and happiness belong to people who can control their attention. Nir Eyal is on a mission to protect you from distraction—and his lively book is full of actionable ideas.”
“Indistractable is the most complete guide I’ve ever read on being focused. This book is a gift for anyone looking to free up time so that they can live a better, more fulfilling, and less hectic life.”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Nir Eyal writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business. He is the author of the bestselling book, Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products.
Nir founded and sold two companies since 2003 and has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. In addition to blogging at NirAndFar.com, Nir’s writing frequently appears in The Harvard Business Review, Inc, and Psychology Today among many others.
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Below are some of Nir’s best articles on how improve concentration, control your attention, and manage distractions. Read on and begin your journey towards becoming indistractable.
How Slack’s culture kills distraction by building psychological safety, telling employees to go home, and using lots and lots of emojis.If there’s one technology that embodies the unreasonable demands of the always-on work culture that pervades so many companies...read more
Distraction is a curse of modern life. Between our cell phones and computer screens, not to mention our kids and coworkers, our attention is constantly being diverted. It can become difficult to focus on any one task—or any one person—for very long. If anything, the...read more
Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi wrote that “few things are sadder than encountering a person who knows exactly what he should do, yet cannot muster enough energy to do it.”Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience (New York:...read more
Nir's Note: Use this schedule maker to create your own timeboxed schedule or scroll down to read the article. Save your schedule and bookmark this page to revise your schedule anytime.Nir's Note: Use this schedule maker (via desktop view) to create your own timeboxed...read more
When faced with a challenge, where do you find the insight to move your life forward? Last year, over fifteen million books were sold in the self-help genre.“Unit sales of adult nonfiction books in the United States in 2017, by category (in millions),”...read more
The Truth About Kids and Technology: Jean Twenge (iGen) and Nir Eyal (Hooked) Discuss Tech’s Effect on Children’s Mental Health
Recently, I was invited to discuss how technology might impact children's mental health at the Johnson Depression Center at the University of Colorado. I shared the stage with Dr. Jean Twenge, author of the book iGen and an article in The Atlantic that got a lot of...read more