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Indistractable

How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Written by: Nir Eyal, Julie Li
Narrated by: Nir Eyal
Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
Categories: Self-Help, Motivational
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Publisher's Summary

"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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Groundbreaking, engaging, practical

I read a lot of books in the realm of entrepreneurship, neuroscience, habit and behavioral economics. "Indistractable" hits on all the right notes. Evidence based, actionable and engaging, a must read for anyone wanting to improve at business, health, family and life.

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A more useful approach to achieving traction

Listened to Traction Audiobook by Gabriel Weinberg and I found this IMO to be more practical seeing we live in a disruptive technological era with its countless and endless offerings of distractions. Lots of priceless tips to help you stay on track in your professional and even personal life - I mean the guy goes into detail and how to limit distractions for your kids as well. Lots of amazing insights!

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Another excellent book by Nir!

Loved the strategies, prioritizing and even the parenting advice in Undistractable. Saw Nir at the Vancouver Unbounce conference (2019) and read his other book Hooked before- it’s well worth getting both! Thank you Nir 🙏🏻

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Good tips to become less distracted

Reasonable length. Lots of tips. Some new. Liked the sections on schedules and messaging. Well read.

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Good tips

Personally, I don’t have no issue with being distracted by social media (I actually have a reminder set to remind me every so often to check the socials for family photos, etc.). But I do appreciate the chapters on how to deal with distractions at work and with children. Very insightful. Thank you!

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Like an endless LifeHacker article

This feels like a well Googled blog lost of recycled hacks. There are some good revisits of well-publicized studies that have been debunked, that's valuable info but SO MUCH PADDING with recycled life hacks available online. Not worth the hardcover price, which I regret paying in addition to this audio version (based on the first chapters). Also, there's a massive sales funnel attached to this book with the 'downloads (so weak, not worth the required email address you have to give up) and a course.

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Exactly What I Needed!

Indistractable is a well-researched practical guide to taking control of your life. The advice and examples make it easy for you to take action at your own pace. Putting one of the suggested tactics in place will pay for this book on the very first day. There are a few things that stood out to me and made it different from any other book of its kind. First, the authors help you to realize how much the distractions in your life are impacting you. Secondly, they provide an actual model that helps you to identify distractions, their underlying root cause and how to overcome them. Finally, I truly enjoyed the chapters on implementing the technics at home with family and how to teach children to do the same giving them a huge advantage. Indistractable is a book everyone should read who wants to be as efficient as possible so that they spend their time on what matters most to them. Highly recommended.

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Helpful but...

There were many helpful pointers in this book and they were easy to understand and implement. However, as a stay at home mom, I found too much of the subject matter was work related. I'm still glad I listened and I did find it immediately helpful. I wanted a little more relevance to my personal life. Still helpful though and narrator was pleasant to listen to.

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Best book of 2019!

I had the privilege and opportunity to engage with the author and pre-ordered this book prior to its public launch. It has been my BEST read without question in 2019. (Actually read it twice now). Such a great book, I now just purchased on Audible copy so I can continually listen to Nir's words of wisdom. If you apply his teachings you WILL and CAN become INDISTRACTABLE!


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  • BartholemewG
  • 2019-08-27

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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  • Marcus
  • 2019-08-19

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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  • David
  • 2019-08-18

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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  • J. Paris
  • 2019-08-25

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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  • Megan R.
  • 2019-09-05

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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  • Tim
  • 2019-08-28

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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  • Sherri
  • 2019-08-27

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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  • Kristian W.
  • 2019-08-12

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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  • Valencia R.
  • 2019-08-11

Loved it

I will definitely be implementing the concepts discussed in this book. I wish my younger self could have read this.

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  • Joe Diablo
  • 2019-08-16

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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  • Laure Merlin
  • 2019-09-02

incredibly packed with life-boosting tools

Truly wow! I've probably read 30 books that Nir used in his research, so I didn't totally discover a lot, but he packed a HUGE amount of very important mindset shifts, new research takeways and very practical tips. Plus, very fluid structure and flow, and memorable stories.

For a life makeover, or a great companion to optimizing in all areas, from intimate sex to enterprise workplace culture, from self compassion to parenting successful kids, from creating great apps and digital innovation, to managing pain, shame and time...

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