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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 qu "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.


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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 qu "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.

30 review for Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

  1. 4 out of 5

    Elvina Zafril

    I sometimes when I'm with friends, I constantly checking out my phone. I know my friends were annoyed. HAHAH until I read this book, I can call myself 'phubber' meaning phone snubber. I loved this book so much. It was really incredible. I loved that this book is relatable in some kind of ways in my personal life. I am always being distracted by something. I'm so glad I read this book. I can apply all the tips in my daily life. I really enjoyed the section in this book. I'm I sometimes when I'm with friends, I constantly checking out my phone. I know my friends were annoyed. HAHAH until I read this book, I can call myself 'phubber' meaning phone snubber. I loved this book so much. It was really incredible. I loved that this book is relatable in some kind of ways in my personal life. I am always being distracted by something. I'm so glad I read this book. I can apply all the tips in my daily life. I really enjoyed the section in this book. I'm the type of people who learn by example. This author put the section in his book. So I started with the section 5 first and then I will go back to section 1 to know more about the details in section 5. I think I have discovered some of the root cause why I'm easily get distracted. All the tips are practical and very useful. There are also reminders in the book and I have already recommended it to some of my friends. Thank you Pansing @definitlybooks for sending me a copy of Indistractable in return for an honest review. This book will be available at all good bookstores October onwards.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    We live in a world where distractions exist around every corner, and I'll be the first to admit that I sometimes procrastinate. It's a timely and pretty important book as the modern age of technology appears to have become like opium to some. So what can we do to become more productive you ask? Well, Stanford Professor Nir Eyal is about to tell us in an understandable, conversational way how to get more done and there is plenty of technical detail included for those of us who enjoy knowing the i We live in a world where distractions exist around every corner, and I'll be the first to admit that I sometimes procrastinate. It's a timely and pretty important book as the modern age of technology appears to have become like opium to some. So what can we do to become more productive you ask? Well, Stanford Professor Nir Eyal is about to tell us in an understandable, conversational way how to get more done and there is plenty of technical detail included for those of us who enjoy knowing the ins and outs. Of course, it heavily focuses on social media given it is one of the habits most of us seem to have that takes our attention away from more important issues; I must admit that I rarely use social media as it simply doesn't hold my interest for very long, but I can see that this would help those who have let social sites take over their lives and could be applied to other situations easily too. Time is a finite resource and that means we should spend it wisely. I liked that Eyal admitted to falling victim to the dreaded time stealing monster himself and shares the solutions that helped him to overcome this. Being interested in psychology I particularly appreciated the parts in which he described the psychology behind the forming of habits, how to break them and how just being free of them will impact our lives for the better. He discusses how to implement the solutions to make use of them in everyday life and I found the book to be extensively-researched with case studies throughout to illustrate some of the points he makes. He also places bullet-point summaries at the end of each chapter to remind us of key points. Overall, it offers a refreshingly different approach to time management than other books on the subject. Indistractable is a helpful, comprehensive guide that should be on the reading list of all of those who wish to spend their time in a better manner. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for an ARC.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Charles Roels

    I was an early reader of the book and was fascinated from beginning to end. Indistractable is an in-depth, scientifically underpinned, guide on how to take back control of your life and removing distractions that take you away from being present in the moment. I loved the the very personal elements, for example the superpower story at the beginning and the end, which emphasise the arguments in a very gentle and kind way. The whole book is very relatable, from a professional point of view, but eq I was an early reader of the book and was fascinated from beginning to end. Indistractable is an in-depth, scientifically underpinned, guide on how to take back control of your life and removing distractions that take you away from being present in the moment. I loved the the very personal elements, for example the superpower story at the beginning and the end, which emphasise the arguments in a very gentle and kind way. The whole book is very relatable, from a professional point of view, but equally in your personal life with your kids or partner. The practical tips and recap at the end of each chapter are very useful if you want to put the learnings in practice and live without distractions!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alan Stout

    I am reviewing this book because I received a preliminary copy and think it is a vitally important topic. How many stars would I give Indistractable? (1-5) 5 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ How would I summarize the book in one sentence? Live a fulfilling life by becoming aware and controling both the internal and external triggers that constantly bombard me. What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book? Changing some of my beliefs such the I am reviewing this book because I received a preliminary copy and think it is a vitally important topic. How many stars would I give Indistractable? (1-5) 5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ How would I summarize the book in one sentence? Live a fulfilling life by becoming aware and controling both the internal and external triggers that constantly bombard me. What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book? Changing some of my beliefs such the reframing of my thinking about will power. (Refuting Ego depletion). Although I was aware of some of the studies it really didn’t sink in before. Very important and wide ranging applications. This has important implications, for example, in the basic beliefs of the AA program. Also the overwhelming data about the improving focus of nurses when they were being constantly distracted and even when initially they resisted methods used to lower their distractibility. The distraction-traction matrix is a very useful way of thinking. Similar but different way to model like the urgent important matrix. Footnotes were excellent although ironically it made me want to click on them. Maybe best if I read them separately. All motivation is a desire to escape discomfort is IMHO an extremely important concept. 5 Stars. Although I once reported to the CEO of a major S & P 500 company, I am retired and almost 3 times the age of the author I am less interested in the company related and parent and children related topics and more interested in how these ideas can personably help me learn. However, I am sure there is a broad audience for the book. I thought that giving the why and underlying structure of distraction was perhaps the most important contribution. The individual “tricks” were less important to me than understanding why and how distractions occur and how I can minimize them. The remember this sections get an A+. I spend far too much time on Apple News (mostly saving stories to gmail folders or bookmarks in Chrome but I have a wide range of interests and they cover over 200 publications. I do not plan to stop using Apple News but am defiantly being more selective and delaying my reading to a later time. Also cleaning out my apps is a very good idea. And I very much relate to a googleplex of Tabs and did not realize that Pocket has a text to speech feature. Getting rid of Notations has been really helpful. Before I just took them for granted. The Hooked book was more about how we are being “Hooked” by social media and large corporations. This book is about being conscious and aware of what we can do to take back control of our lives. Although Hooked is a very highly rated book the new book is my favorite of the two.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rod Moser

    Have you ever gone out with friends or family and there is that one guy who is constantly checking out of the conversation and checking into his phone? Super annoying, right? Well, I'm that guy. I didn't realize what it was called until I read Nir Eyal's book but I am a 'phubber' (phone snubber). As a real estate broker, coach, and father of 6 boys, I am always being distracted by something. I would get anxious every time the phone chirped or beeped or pinged. Was it a client emergency, do my ki Have you ever gone out with friends or family and there is that one guy who is constantly checking out of the conversation and checking into his phone? Super annoying, right? Well, I'm that guy. I didn't realize what it was called until I read Nir Eyal's book but I am a 'phubber' (phone snubber). As a real estate broker, coach, and father of 6 boys, I am always being distracted by something. I would get anxious every time the phone chirped or beeped or pinged. Was it a client emergency, do my kids need me ... and most of the time it was nothing but a distraction. Wow! Practical advice galore in this one. I am already putting it to use and I am beginning to find peace. Spending more time following our life values in traction and being aware of the triggers that pull us away from what's important can lead to a more productive and peaceful life. Nir uses case studies that will challenge the way you have always thought of things and open your mind to other options. I especially enjoyed the section he put in the book on how to help our children become less distracted. As a father concerned with screen time and non-productive behaviors, there were some absolute gems here. Not surprisingly, I discovered where the problem lies. It's not the screen, it's the parenting and there are some brilliant ideas on how to achieve a better outcome. Now to put this all into practice. Don't miss this one.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mehrsa

    There are some helpful hints and reminders in here that I will be adopting. I read a lot of books like this but it's amazing how distractions creep back in and you have to remind yourself to take control of your own time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Valentin

    I liked Nir's other book, "Hooked." It is one of my favorite and best product/business books ever (and also useful for non-product people). After "Hooked" taught the whole industry how to build addictive products, Nir is now basically selling the "cure." The first half of "Indistractable" is ok, and there is some good general idea on "why" you are so easily addicted to your smartphone, Facebook, etc. However, I think I was intuitively trying and applying most of them just because of the knowledg I liked Nir's other book, "Hooked." It is one of my favorite and best product/business books ever (and also useful for non-product people). After "Hooked" taught the whole industry how to build addictive products, Nir is now basically selling the "cure." The first half of "Indistractable" is ok, and there is some good general idea on "why" you are so easily addicted to your smartphone, Facebook, etc. However, I think I was intuitively trying and applying most of them just because of the knowledge I got from "Hooked." The second half goes into all sort of anecdotes, some very cheesy. And the last section deals a lot with kids & technology addiction. I'm quite surprised that after popularizing the "Hooked" model and even mentioning it at the beginning of this book; the author offers such impractical advice. The strategies feel so "frail" and require effort and have substantial "friction." The anecdotes are borderlines dystopian or from a black mirror episode. Not to mention some sound like a "one-off" success I think you can intuitively guess most of the advice in this book, or just by googling "how to stop tech addiction." I sincerely recommend reading his other book, though. Interesting note: The author also references an article by Paul Graham which I found very interesting http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html

  8. 5 out of 5

    Austin Rief

    I read Indistractible last weekend in 1 sitting… it was really incredible. Very thought provoking, packed with lots of action items. Really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to multiple people!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jorge David Fernandez

    Could have been a blog post. Better off reading Atomic Habits, Deep Work or The Path of Least Resistance.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mario Tomic

    Simple and quick read covering helpful strategies and tactics for effectively managing attention in an ever more distracting world. The tips were backed by research data as well as some interesting anecdotes. The reason why I'm giving it 4/5 because I've heard and applied most of the tactics discussed in the brook. This is not to say that they don't work but I was expecting deeper insights. Having said all of this, I would recommend this book. It's a great read and I also recommend picking up Ho Simple and quick read covering helpful strategies and tactics for effectively managing attention in an ever more distracting world. The tips were backed by research data as well as some interesting anecdotes. The reason why I'm giving it 4/5 because I've heard and applied most of the tactics discussed in the brook. This is not to say that they don't work but I was expecting deeper insights. Having said all of this, I would recommend this book. It's a great read and I also recommend picking up Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by the same author - It's one of my favorite books on the subject of habit formation.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Benjamin Azevedo

    Too many fillers. Go for Digital Minimalism, instead. Note to self: always be aware of books that have a lot of good reviews before publishing. Probably friends, fans or people who got the book as a gift.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mylene

    Spoilers... Interesting read, lots of tips to avoid distraction (although nothing new - but I guess I'm not the average reader, working in ICT). I wonder though why people think blocking your agenda to make time for your life goals or most important things to do makes any sense. Apparently, they don't work 8 hours a day for a boss (with at least 30 minutes lunch required), or have no real commute time, or don't have dogs. When I've done my daily stuff (8 hours of sleep Spoilers... Interesting read, lots of tips to avoid distraction (although nothing new - but I guess I'm not the average reader, working in ICT). I wonder though why people think blocking your agenda to make time for your life goals or most important things to do makes any sense. Apparently, they don't work 8 hours a day for a boss (with at least 30 minutes lunch required), or have no real commute time, or don't have dogs. When I've done my daily stuff (8 hours of sleep, 8 hours of work, walking the dogs, getting ready for work, lunch, cooking, eating, doing the dishes, getting ready to sleep) I have 45 minutes left. And I didn't do any chores and didn't have any me-time (although walking the dogs is fun :)) or didn't stop for a chat with a neighbour. And I want to visit my mother as often as possible (weekends that is usually). It just doesn't work that way. Ok, I can listen to audiobooks in the car, I often do. But I do want to know what news there is, so to keep a little up-to-date I also want to listen to the radio sometimes. As I said, an interesting read, but as the IMO most important part of being indistractable doesn't make sense in my life, I guess this book just is not for me.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kerry-louise Jones

    This book is full of interesting studies and facts to help you understand why you are being distracted and gives you simple solutions to help improve how you spend the time you have. I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with high screen time or work/life balance. It is really relatable and non-judgemental, the author himself admits to falling victim of so many of the struggles that we face today such as checking social media when spending time with his child. A lot of th This book is full of interesting studies and facts to help you understand why you are being distracted and gives you simple solutions to help improve how you spend the time you have. I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with high screen time or work/life balance. It is really relatable and non-judgemental, the author himself admits to falling victim of so many of the struggles that we face today such as checking social media when spending time with his child. A lot of the findings really resonated with me especially the part about lying awake at night stressing about not being able to get back to sleep! I have put Nir words in to effect and now those hours at 2am are not full of stress and I fall back to sleep much quicker! Thanks to Net Galley for the free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    This book literally made so much of the problems I have seem so easy to deal with. It doesn't matter what you do with your time, as long as the things you are doing with your time are the things you had planned to use that time for. This book has increased my productivity and decreased my day to day anxiety, it is full of tips and examples of how to stay on track and not get overwhelmed. I highly recommend it to anyone still trying to get their sh*t together.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Thanks to NetGalley and BenBella Books for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. This book is fascinating! It’s packed with 5 years of research in the field of increasing productivity by decreasing distractions. Lots of helpful tips and tools to implement in the home and/or the office.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ryan Newton

    I really wanted to like this book. Hooked was great and I was excited to develop techniques to combat the draw of my phone. Unfortunately, Indistractable just doesn't deliver. It's composed of 36 very short chapters that are loosely grouped into sections but that never really come together. And the lessons in each chapter mostly rehash generic productivity advice - plan your day, set aside enough time for family, etc. Ultimately I found the book to be generic and forgettabl I really wanted to like this book. Hooked was great and I was excited to develop techniques to combat the draw of my phone. Unfortunately, Indistractable just doesn't deliver. It's composed of 36 very short chapters that are loosely grouped into sections but that never really come together. And the lessons in each chapter mostly rehash generic productivity advice - plan your day, set aside enough time for family, etc. Ultimately I found the book to be generic and forgettable.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Neelam Babul

    In this age of technology overuse and social media, I have struggled to maintain my focus and not get overwhelmed with the constant pings and dings distracting my attention and flow. Indistractible is a highly inspiring and motivational book for me. This is due in large part to its simplicity and the practical advice prevalent in the book. Eyal presents a matrix with which you can ensure the highest level of productivity and achievement. These include:- 1. Master internal triggers

  18. 4 out of 5

    Willy Gonzalez

    I enjoyed listening to Nir’s audiobook Indistractible. I specifically loved the number of great examples and how he stresses that technology isn’t necessarily bad - it’s about how we use it and put the right mecchanisms to avoid the engagement/distracting loop. I will definitely be using the trick to ask “is everything ok?” when someone checks their phone in the middle of a social gathering. It’s disarming and thoughtful!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Taylor

    I came into this book as a major fan of Nir’s, and to be honest, was skeptical that he could reproduce the same elegance and practicality of his first book, Hooked. With Indistractable, Nir has proven that his gift extends far beyond his knowledge, to his ability to go deep on the research, on our behalf, and then translate that research into simple, actionable, and fun/easy to read material. I am really psyched about this book and strongly recommend it. As context, I am someone who r I came into this book as a major fan of Nir’s, and to be honest, was skeptical that he could reproduce the same elegance and practicality of his first book, Hooked. With Indistractable, Nir has proven that his gift extends far beyond his knowledge, to his ability to go deep on the research, on our behalf, and then translate that research into simple, actionable, and fun/easy to read material. I am really psyched about this book and strongly recommend it. As context, I am someone who reads books about productivity because I have struggled mightily. I love people who are into “productivity optimization” but I am not one of those people. Productivity is about survival for me, not optimization. Indistractible has been an inspiring and useful book for me. This is due in large part to its simplicity. The first thing I like is the framework. 1. Master internal triggers 2. Make time (for traction) 3. Reduce external triggers 4. Prevent distraction (with pacts) Using Nir’s book and workbook, I was able to identify small but meaningful opportunities in each category that have made an impact already. I am carving out more time for traction and creating pacts to make the most of that time, via Focusmate or Zoom meetings with other remote/freelance workers. This has been game-changing for me!! While I felt I was already strong on external triggers, Nir’s research and writing were highly motivating and validating of what I’m doing right. Most people have no idea how badly they are crushing themselves, by choice, with external triggers. (However as a bonus: I was able to identify a few triggers that cause me to eat too much pizza and ice cream.) Probably the biggest development area for me is around internal triggers, and Nir’s reframe of time management as pain management was really empowering. I have historically tried to brute force my way into reducing bad forces in my life, and my “mental abstinence” approach as Nir calls it is very difficult to follow through with. I am journaling almost daily now to identify the feelings I’m having that lead to poor choices, and this is making a HUGE difference. This was an easy 5-star rating for me and I’m happy to recommend this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Adriana

    The best part of this entire book was his advice on setting guidelines on tech usage with your kids, partner, and your friends. The rest was a very high-level introduction to behavioral adaption and change, with easy-to-use pointers to remember at the end of every chapter. It felt very informal, like a webinar or a collection of PowerPoint slides, and less in-depth or researched analysis, like I was hoping. Also, while the idea of timeboxing is appreciated, the truth is not everyone has the abil The best part of this entire book was his advice on setting guidelines on tech usage with your kids, partner, and your friends. The rest was a very high-level introduction to behavioral adaption and change, with easy-to-use pointers to remember at the end of every chapter. It felt very informal, like a webinar or a collection of PowerPoint slides, and less in-depth or researched analysis, like I was hoping. Also, while the idea of timeboxing is appreciated, the truth is not everyone has the ability to plan, at the beginning of each week, slots of work, personal and free time in boxed increments. Certainly pre-planning can prevent distraction, but as we are not highly efficient robots with consistent programming which we adhere to, it would have been more helpful to obtain new ideas on how to slowly adapt behavioral changes (like in Newport's Digital Minimalism), or how to further develop the desire to focus and commit to your personal driving motivations (like in McKeown's Essentialism, and others).

  21. 4 out of 5

    ryan brown

    Indistractable is a practical, judgement-free guide to health and happiness for the 21st century. Nir lays out a compelling way to reframe experiences and drive you to a more meaningful, happier relationship with your work, life, and family. The book is laid out in a pragmatic way, with "hack back" tactics to help you improve. There's a wealth of extremely helpful advice. I strongly recommend this book.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Harshita Gupta

    Well, I completed this book today and was contemplating the right kind of words to pen down. I do love non-fiction reads be it belongs to self-help books, business reads, biographies or autobiographies, books on mind or life. I read all the styles of non-fiction. But Indistractable wasn’t the book for me. Indistractable focuses on the reduction of distractions that is mainly caused by the use of technology and gadgets. It comprises of easy to read short chapters with further sections talkin Well, I completed this book today and was contemplating the right kind of words to pen down. I do love non-fiction reads be it belongs to self-help books, business reads, biographies or autobiographies, books on mind or life. I read all the styles of non-fiction. But Indistractable wasn’t the book for me. Indistractable focuses on the reduction of distractions that is mainly caused by the use of technology and gadgets. It comprises of easy to read short chapters with further sections talking about dealing with distractions from within, reimagining internal triggers, hacking back external triggers, workplace distractions, having Indistractable relationships and, etc. etc. The first few chapters were compelling, my interest was building up, but as I moved further to the next chapters, it looked like the addition of content was only done with the purpose to increase the volume of the book. It also includes a lot of research material just to present facts but I couldn’t understand how it is useful as a solution or benefits the readers. It is merely like a collection of numerous anecdotes. I found a lot of positive reviews of the book online, so some of you might like the book, but it wasn’t a great read for me. I recommend reading both reviews before picking it up to read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Greg

    As someone living today, I can’t deny the relevance of this book in my life. With so many information, choices, and interesting things going on in this world, it really makes sense for me to take charge of my time; otherwise I will be sucked in to bottomless pit of irrelevance. This book by Nir Eyal speaks to the truth of what’s happening now and how we can deal with it. This book is well-written. The author was able to balance academic as well everyday people’s language. T As someone living today, I can’t deny the relevance of this book in my life. With so many information, choices, and interesting things going on in this world, it really makes sense for me to take charge of my time; otherwise I will be sucked in to bottomless pit of irrelevance. This book by Nir Eyal speaks to the truth of what’s happening now and how we can deal with it. This book is well-written. The author was able to balance academic as well everyday people’s language. There are tons of citations as well. This means that the concepts in this book are based not just in few studies but meta-analyses of those. The chapter sizes are short enough for the reader to spend time on without losing the chunk of ideas presented. This makes the book suitable to those busy persons who wanted to feel that they get a lot of useful information in short span of time. And of course I like the concept. My favorite idea in this book is a distraction can be anything; even those that are deemed important. For example, readers like me know the importance of reading. It is not a bad habit. However, it could be a distraction if it takes away our time to exercise or sleep (which happens quite a lot). What’s important is to do things according to my values and plan to use my time well. If I plan to spend 5 minutes in Facebook to say hello or greet my friends, it is not a distraction. It is time well spent since I value my relationship with my ling time friends. Readers will learn more so go ahead and enjoy this book.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Karen Chung

    An outline of the problems we all face being distracted by and obsessed with our e-gadgets, along with concrete, realistic steps toward retaking control of our time and lives. I especially appreciated the parts on education. Finished in two sessions mostly using text-to-speech. Recommended.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Rivas

    More and more I am gaining consciousness of not being distracted by mobile phones. I say mobile phones because, for me, it is the main source of distraction and lately I am having more control of them than them of me. Books like "The Filter Bubble," "Zuckes," "Surveillance Capitalism," and more I am forgetting are helping me to take action against my mobile device. This book gives a lot of help with identifying distractions and ways to overcome and if possible eliminate it. I am one that picks a More and more I am gaining consciousness of not being distracted by mobile phones. I say mobile phones because, for me, it is the main source of distraction and lately I am having more control of them than them of me. Books like "The Filter Bubble," "Zuckes," "Surveillance Capitalism," and more I am forgetting are helping me to take action against my mobile device. This book gives a lot of help with identifying distractions and ways to overcome and if possible eliminate it. I am one that picks and chooses advice and tries not to ascribe to a lifestyle, ideology, or philosophy exclusively. This book for me was more of a confirmation that the changes I am making with the relationship I have with my phone are in the right direction. Now it seems from reading this review that it is about how the phone is a distraction and how to deal with it but it is not about mobile phones. In the current state of our society, there are a lot of distractions that hold us back from achieving or experience the success or results we desire. The main force that causes change is the external triggers of distraction and this book gave me some good ways to identify those external triggers and make the right choices of staying focused.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Javier Lorenzana

    "Distraction runs deeper than technology." I loved how this book dove beyond surface-level tricks to decrease distraction. In fact, 'Indistractable' is about understanding why we do things that aren’t in our best interest. This can be chalked up to our internal triggers, underlying motivations, and values. Once we take back control of our internal and external triggers, we can become Indistractable. This book goes perfectly with Cal Newport's Deep Work. Both provide a complimentary ac "Distraction runs deeper than technology." I loved how this book dove beyond surface-level tricks to decrease distraction. In fact, 'Indistractable' is about understanding why we do things that aren’t in our best interest. This can be chalked up to our internal triggers, underlying motivations, and values. Once we take back control of our internal and external triggers, we can become Indistractable. This book goes perfectly with Cal Newport's Deep Work. Both provide a complimentary account of human psychology and the value of a distraction-free life.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Grin

    I’ve read a ton about managing your attention and focus, but I still learned a lot from this book. The suggestions are very actionable and nuanced, and the underlying framework makes a lot of sense. I’m also grateful for the short chapters and frequent summaries.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Really valuable insights!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Barbara Gorzinski

    Loved this book because it had plenty of suggestions for me to overcome my distractability. I know the ability to be free from distractibility is a skill smart, successful people possess. This book had lots of research that explained to me why I find it so easy to succumb to distractions from both people and devices. I usually make a deal with the devil to indulge in videos, emails, posting on FB--but I'm getting too old to try and make up the time with all night forced-focus work sessions to ma Loved this book because it had plenty of suggestions for me to overcome my distractability. I know the ability to be free from distractibility is a skill smart, successful people possess. This book had lots of research that explained to me why I find it so easy to succumb to distractions from both people and devices. I usually make a deal with the devil to indulge in videos, emails, posting on FB--but I'm getting too old to try and make up the time with all night forced-focus work sessions to make up for my dilly-dallying. I love being "in flow" when I work. It's just a real chore to discipline myself to get there. I took this book in through Audible, but I have a galley copy to mark up, too, and now I'll be working through the workbook exercises. And checking our the research references, apps to help me manage my focus, and being diligent about my time-box scheduling. I have to say, listening to Nir read the book was a joy. I predict I'll return to this one often.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Annabelle Heath

    In the age of the smart phone, it can feel incredibly hard to focus on anything. Even as I write this review, I have my iPad open beside me, my phone buzzing away as I have a conversation with my sister. Focus and attention are rare commodities in the modern world, with so many push notifications, addictive apps and mobile devices vying for them, there's rarely any left for deep work, family time or other constructive hobbies and pursuits. What I liked about this book is Eyal doesn't In the age of the smart phone, it can feel incredibly hard to focus on anything. Even as I write this review, I have my iPad open beside me, my phone buzzing away as I have a conversation with my sister. Focus and attention are rare commodities in the modern world, with so many push notifications, addictive apps and mobile devices vying for them, there's rarely any left for deep work, family time or other constructive hobbies and pursuits. What I liked about this book is Eyal doesn't try to persuade you that technology is the root of all evil. He recognises the the massive benefits of the computing power we have in our pockets or wear on our wrists, and encourages us to use them in a constructive way, and to recognise the psychological underpinnings of why a push notification is like crack for the brain, and how to change the bad habits formed in the last decade of smart phone use, so that we can have our technology serve us rather than vice versa. Some of the techniques are your more basic time management strategies - time blocking, single focus etc - while others are more on the meditation and mindfulness end of the spectrum. The broad range of techniques means there's bound to be something that you can apply to your own life. I'm not one for writing lists to myself about how I feel when I get a craving to look at my phone, but I love the idea of time blocking, and the psychology of addiction (or is it addiction?) stuff is fascinating. The book is also broken down into different sections relating to different parts of your life. Indistractable work, relationships, parenting - it's not just about being a super productive working machine, it's about an all round approach to your life that will improve the quality of your day to day experiences and reduce the amount of time spent mindlessly scrolling on your phone. My favourite section was the 'Hack Back' ideas, where you take the features of your phone or other devices that have been causing the bad behavioural patterns and hack them to work for you in a positive way. There are a couple of apps I'm definitely going to download and start using. And once they've embedded in my routine, I might come back to this for a second read through, to see what else I pick up. I received a copy via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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