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I was quite disappointed by Indistractable. Having heard so many glowing things about the author, I expected Indistractable to provide some new and unforgettable insight. Instead, I got a few hundred pages of largely intuitive information packaged in pithy phrases. 

Does the book do what it promises? Yes. It suggests methods for reducing distraction in your life so you can be more productive and more engaged. But for someone who watches Thomas Frank, Matt D'Avella and John Fish on YouTube, and as someone who has read Atomic Habits, Indistractable did not add anything to my life. In fact, there is a significant overlap between the two books. 

I'm rating the book three stars because it /did/ tell you how to reduce distraction and because the information might be helpful to someone who it totally new to the world of productivity. At the same time, the book does not live up to its hype. At least Indistractable is short. You can finish it in one brief reading session if you're ~indistractable~ while doing it.
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If you're looking for a primer on training yourself into good habits instead of bad, focusing on and achieving your goals, and teaching your kids responsible attention habits, this would be a good book for you.

For me, it seemed a touch basic, but that might be because this is the third or fourth pop-sci/self help book I've read on the same general topic in the last year or so. There was bound to be some overlap in the material. I did feel like other books took a deeper dive into the science and were more expanded, but this is definitely a solid place to start.

I felt like, with Eyal's cheerful tone, it leaned a little more towards self help than pop science, which is not what I prefer, but it will appeal to a lot of people. There's also a very detailed section on dealing with kids and distractions, which was not really useful to me, but probably would interest anyone with kids who is interested in teaching them how to handle distractions and smart device usage.

For further reading, I recommend Digital Minimalism, Atomic Habits, 168 Hours, and The Willpower Instinct.
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In a world filled with an ever increasing number of distractions, Nir Eyal comes to the rescue with a book full of well researched and thoroughly tested ideas to help you choose how to spend your time wisely.
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One of the most enjoyable and useful books in 2019.  With short, focused chapters, it was an easy read yet packed full of helpful tips. I was afraid this book might be preachy and was relieved to feel like Nir Eyal wrote as one of us, ordinary distractable people.
It's well researched  and I like the fact he focuses on paying attention to internal states and triggers.  A highly understandable read! This is a great gift for folks who always feel busy or rushed.
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According to Nir Eyal in his new book Indistractable, success is doing what you want to do, even if it's watching a video or taking a nap. It's getting off track from our goals that makes us unsuccessful.

Eyal's new book is to help us stay on track to do what we plan. Eyal says don't blame technology or our phones for distracting us from what we really want to do because people have always found ways to be distracted. If not technology, it's something else. The problem isn't the medium of distraction (although some things are more tempting than others); the problem is ourselves.

"Traction helps us accomplish goals; distraction leads us away from them."

Eyal presents The Indistractable Model, four steps to become indistractable:


Identify and manage the psychological discomfort that leads you off track. The drive to relieve discomfort is the root cause of our behavior; everything else is a proximate cause. Time management is pain management.

2. Make time for TRACTION

Turn your values into time. You actually perform better under constraints because limitations give you a structure. Book 15 minutes on your schedule every week to reflect and refine your calendar. You can't call something a distraction unless you know what it is distracting you from.


Remove external triggers to keep distractions out. Is this trigger serving you, or are you serving it? Many things become irrelevant when you give them a little time to breathe. Even desktop clutter takes a heavy psychological toll on your attention.

4. Prevent DISTRACTION with pacts

Being indistractable not only requires keeping distraction out. It also necessitates keeping yourself in. Rein yourself in with the ancient practice of precommitment, but only after applying the first three steps. Make unwanted behaviors more difficult to do.

Eyal presents both psychological theories as well as practical tips for how to become indistractable in a variety of situations, such as in the workplace, among friends, in intimate relationships, with children, even in meetings and group chats.

Some of the advice you may have heard before, but other parts are new or at least rebranded. He helps you rethink what is distracting you and how you can overcome it.

Because how you control your attention is how you choose your life. Reading this book is a great place to start.  

My thanks to Net Galley for the review copy of this book
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This book has useful strategies to reduce distraction.  Different approaches will work for different people, but there are lots of things to try.
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This book has been one of the best books on productivity that I have read this year. Every tips and suggestion are backed with book has been one of the best books on productivity that I have read this year. Every tips and suggestion are backed with case studies and proper explanation. The other thing about the book was the presentation. It was more like reading an essay with flowcharts and quotes. As I am a student myself I am using some of the methods like 10mins rule, time blocking, productivity skills I can say that it has drastically improved my performance.
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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.

*identical review posted on GoodReads.
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In Indistracable by Nir Eyal we can understand, on a deeper level, why we allow things to distract us from accomplishing more important goals.  This book helps us potentially identify our “triggers,” which can keep us from finishing projects or tasks.  One thing that resonated with me was that technology wasn't necessarily the reason why many of us are so distracted.  I think this is key for a lot of people.  We may automatically think it's because of our phones and tablets.  But, that may not be the case at all. Some of us keep telling ourselves we’ll start or finish a certain project, but never actually do. Why? Well, that is the question this book will try to help you answer.

The chapters on scheduling was very informative in regards to making time for the important things and on keeping healthy relationships. The Indistracable model has four main parts: Mastering Internal Triggers, Making Time for Traction, Hack Back External Triggers, and Prevent Distraction with Pacts.  Eyal goes into depth in each of these parts.  He also talks about how to make your workplace indistracable, as well as your children!  

Overall, a great resource on time and life management. Backed by plenty of research, this book is not only good for adults, but for teenagers too! If you find yourself easily distracted, and it is keeping you from accomplishing your goals then this book is a must read! Recommended for ages 14 and up!

*A DRC was given for an honest review
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We are all easily distracted these days. There are far too many things competing for our attention. On a daily basis, we are bombarded with images, sounds, and more. Everything seems to be about getting our eyeballs focused on whatever it is that’s being promoted at the moment. It’s enough to drive us to distraction. Literally. 

In the book, Indistractable, author Nir Eyal shows us some techniques to help us avoid the pitfall of distraction in our daily lives. These techniques can be applied just about everywhere and will serve to help us focus and become more aware of the countless ways that advertisers and social media try to distract us. 

It’s not just devices and technology that provide distraction though. Things come up in daily life that can distract us from what we really want to accomplish. This book provides a whole bunch of great techniques that you can use every day to take back your time. 

One of my favorites is the way the author’s wife lets others know that she needs to focus and is being indistractable. She has a special tiara that she can wear on her head when she needs to have time to focus on whatever she needs to get done. Her family knows this particular headgear means that they need to leave her alone so that she is not distracted and can get stuff done. There is a photo in the book that I found very memorable of her sitting at her computer wearing the tiara, which she got on Amazon and has lights on it to make it noticeable to others. I love this idea! You tell your family that, when you wear this particular hat or tiara or whatever, that this is your time to focus and they need to not disturb you! Simple and effective! And it can work everywhere! Why not do the same with co-workers? 

There’s also a card that the author created that you can place in a visible location that lets your co-workers know that you’d like not to be disturbed. Cool idea! 

It’s techniques like these that you will find throughout the book. The author covers many different life situations when we find ourselves distracted and shows how to overcome them. I’ve got to start using some of these ideas. They are excellent. 

He advises us to make certain times to do things like check email. I know I often find myself checking emails every 20 minutes or so during the day. The author makes the point that none of the emails we get are really such high priority that they need to be dealt with right away. Often, when I get an email and go to answer it or resolve the issue, this takes me away from other work tasks. And then it takes a long time to get back to what I was doing. So, the author’s point is a good one. If you set aside one or two times during the day when you will deal just with emails, that can save you a lot of time and prevent distraction. If you just do emails during the last hour of the day, that will mean the rest of your time can be productively used to get other things done. It makes sense. 

In summary, I loved all the ideas in this book. I know I am not alone in being so easily distracted by everyday things. If we all put to use the excellent techniques shown in this book, we’d be more productive and have more free time too. I highly recommend you read this book. We can all benefit from becoming indistractable!
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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.
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What you put in your head is what you work on and what you do. Getting a copy of indistractable was a good healthy boost which I was craving to control my daily distractions. The book is composed of short and concise steps to follow which will help you be more productive and have better management and sense of your time. Yes the advice is something which we have read and listened on many blogs/shows but the authorb with practical advice and examples based on his own life has provided an excellent guide to execute these. Would recommend this book for those who are serious to bring about a major change in their hectic life.
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Well organized, well written, lots of actionable advice for real people.
I think the book leaned too heavily on case studies.
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This book was very interesting at the start, and gave some great tips.  Unfortunately, I became distracted and wasn't as interested as the book went on..  I found myself skimming the last couple of chapters.
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I got a digital preview copy of this book via NetGalley. This book is all about how to handle distractions that are hurled at us from all directions.

What is the book about:

In his previous book - Hooked, Nir shared the framework that could be used to build habit forming products and in this book he shares strategies for consumers to avoid getting sucked into the habit forming products that were built using the framework he shared in his previous work :-)

He is candid in sharing that he found himself constantly distracted by all the things that are coming at him, including products that designed habits among their consumers, not for the benefit of the consumers but for their own benefits.      

Ease of reading:

The book is an easy read. As a matter of fact, the book seems to be like a series of blog posts, all centered around  the theme of avoiding distractions so that we can do the work that we are meant to do or want to do.

You can start from wherever you want and stop at the end of the chapter. This makes the book an easy read and available even to those who think that they can’t read a full book.

What I loved about the book:

He has tried to cover all aspects of distractions – in personal life, in professional life and has some very practical strategies that we could put in place that can help us lead a distraction free life.

Some of these strategies are well known, like, remove all notifications on your mobile phone, remove all social media apps from the phone and only access them on your PC or laptop or make it difficult for you to reach your phone by keeping it within a closed drawer or 10 meters away or in a different room.

Some of the strategies are novel, like, deciding what you will do at certain times with certain people (friends or family) so that when the time comes, we don’t simply allow the time to pass but are intentional about what gets done. The whole concept of scheduling time for important relationships & planning for the time we spend together ahead of time is the best way to make the time together more enjoyable and fruitful.     

Another interesting idea he shares comes from a hospital case study. HE says that in most modern workplaces (open offices), people do not realise if and when someone is trying to engage in deep work so everyone interrupts everyone else. What if we could clearly indicate to people walking around that we are in deep work mode and would like to be left alone by having a big sign that says exactly that.

He shares a lot of anecdotes, both from his personal life and also from the academic research which makes the book infinitely a better read than a how to manual, that it actually is.  

What would I have done differently:

I don’t think that I would have done anything differently with this book. This seems to be as perfect, as it can get.

In Conclusion:

— This is a <<5>> star book for me. One of the few books that is not only interesting to read but also of infinitely practical when put in practice. Nir has another bestseller in this book.
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NDISTRACTABLE by Nir Eyal with Julie Li is subtitled "How to Control Your Attention and Choose your Life." We all need this, right?  As I am typing, my phone is alerting me to a text and there are plenty of other distractions around, too. There is a certain irony in that Eyal is author of the internationally best-selling book titled Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, although he was primarily advocating for user friendly and easy to navigate products in that text. Having also lectured at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, Eyal is obviously knowledge-able about the blending of technology, psychology, and business. In INDISTRACTABLE he advocates using four key strategies and addresses issues related to productivity, our habits/values and triggers, both internal and external. The structure of the book is very helpful – each of the roughly three dozen chapters has a boxed "remember this" section, plus, there is a summary list of chapter takeaways as well as templates for a scheduling tool and distraction tracker and notes. Eyal is a marketer at heart, too; he provides diagrams, acknowledges the many contributors who helped crowd-edit the book, and includes a book discussion guide. Portions of this text could be shared and discussed in advisory [homeroom] and would likely be of interest to Psych students (e.g., when exploring motivation or instant gratification), but Eyal's writing is often geared to older tech users as evidenced by sections on stakeholders at work, email, and company culture, for example. Readers can also find additional resources, download materials, and get updates from
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I really struggled with reading this book. "Indistractable" is well-written and well-researched. But it follows one perspective without considering other perspectives closely enough to understand the differences. For instance, when Eyal discusses redistributing household chores with his spouse, he touches on the reality that women routinely do more housework in heterosexual couples even when both partners work. But the book doesn't acknowledge any of the underlying issues, assuming that all couples want to change that sort of behavior, as well as focusing on tasks Eyal identifies as important. Different people face different constraints, however, a factor that "Indistractable" does not cover. 

Being able to use many of the strategies in this book requires a level of privilege that many readers may not have: from working with employers willing to consider employees' well-being to accessing technology to support changes, Eyal's approaches may only be accessible to people in similar circumstances.
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“Being Indistractable means striving to do what you say you will do.”

The author presents four steps that fight the major time sucks in your life and how you deal with them. First, there are concrete methods to master internal triggers that distract from the task you should be doing. The author then states how to make time in your busy schedule for tasks that are a better match to your values. Next up are ways to avoid external triggers that lead to distraction. Finally, ways to prevent distraction are analyzed. There are several chapters on how to encourage your children to be indistractable too.

I see a lot of my behaviors in this book. Even though I blame my pesky co-workers for my lack of focus, many of my problems are actually internal. I get bored easily. I can envision using the tips in this book, essentially gamifying my mundane tasks, will help me focus more. I’ve been setting Alexa’s timer for ten minutes to see if I really need to do something different as the book suggests. Often the desire for doing something else vanishes. The book calls this “surfing the wave” and it has worked for me. Reading Indistractable is a great use of your time so you can schedule time for what matters most to you. 5 stars!

Thanks to BenBella Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Today nobody will deny that we have become overloaded with data to toxic levels and we consume so much trash of data daily, which we will never use.
Continuous distractions lead to reduced productivity, creativity and family life 
We miss so much in an effort to avoid missing out on alleged important stuff.
Author covers wide range of topics and examples. Your kid and you, you and your spice, first hour of your office, teenager, gamer and children.
He describes his theory about saving oneself from distractions. Author emphasises that digital distractions are not the only distractions. There are whole lot of other triggers and distractions.
Putting your cellphone away will not solve the problems. Author specifically focuses on management of smartphone.
There are science experiments and examples from applied psychology. 
I liked this book because of its simplicity and practical knowledge.
Looking forward to read , hooked also written by same author.
Thanks netgalley and publisher for review copy.
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Distraction truly is one of my greatest foes when trying to be productive, and this book gives very insightful advice on how to overcome. We can't merely use a different distraction, we have to get rid of the root cause of seeking that distraction in the first place. I would recommend this book if you, like me, have difficulty staying on course when it comes to grabbing what you want out of life.
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