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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
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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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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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Deep and very practical.

I particularly enjoyed the practical tips and tools to address the issues described herein. Great author.

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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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I wish this guy read every book on Audible.

Really enjoyed this book would recommend to anyone trying to be more productive. Thumbs up.

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Exudes Daily Relevance!

Everyday I took something from this book I could apply. The stories and examples related to my current state over and over. Starting to dig through the free online tools.

Thank you for sharing your knowledge Nir!

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A valuable read

I think I can better figure out how to better use of my time and that is just what I’d hope would happen after listening to this book. As always I will listen again to really get a handle on it.

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Great pointers

Fantastic tips and reminders as well as helpful insight into making intentions stick. I've been using Nir's suggestions for several weeks now during the COVID-19 crisis and have noticed a huge change in my concentration and productivity, as well as managing general anxiety. Highly recommended!

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One of the best books I’ve ever read/listened to

This book was recommended to me by somebody I respect. Having a young family it’s easier for me to listen to an audio book and get some gold nuggets from it. For the books that I really like I buy the digital version of the book as well. For the books I really really like I buy the physical book. I also bought the physical version of this book so that I can go through it at a slower pace, underline and highlight that sections that reason are with me.
The story that resonated the most with me was the story of Nir talking with his daughter about what superpower they would like to have and Nir being distracted by his phone.
I would recommend this book to anybody that is trying to get a better handle on their distractions, internal and external.

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A worthy listen

I enjoyed the storylines of how and why we get distracted. it's an easy listen with the right blend of science & anecdotes.

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Exceptional

I’ve struggled with staying on track for as long as I can remember. I start a lot of things and finish few.
Nir has presented an approachable way to live in today’s world, to enjoy the tech that we have, and still be present for ourselves and our families.
Thank you Nir. Your strategies are helping me and my family so much already

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  • Busy Bee Texas
  • 2019-12-31

no pdf available

The author has referred to pdf and download file. I don't see anything available for the book in my library. Please look into this and let me know if it will be available or not.

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  • Erica
  • 2019-12-24

Nothing new...

I was disappointed. Learned more from a podcast that Nir was on, than I did from the book. The title and concept of ‘being indistractable’ is catchy, but the book didn’t offer any real depth. The same ol’ turn off your technology and be present, and then other unrealistic strategies for work. Beyond that it focused on parenting, which is unrelatable for me.

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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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  • Dora D
  • 2019-10-28

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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  • A. Yoshida
  • 2019-10-04

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-31

Great

Loved this book, highly recommended. I was recently diagnosed with ADHD and this book is helping me a lot

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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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  • 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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  • ted m kinney
  • 2019-10-10

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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  • 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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  • 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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