How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
by Nir Eyal
Pub Date 10 Sep 2019
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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 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 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.
A Note From the Publisher
"Being indistractable is the essential skill for our time. Skip this book at your peril!" - Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism
"This is such an important book. Indistractable is the best guide I've read for reclaiming our attention, our focus, and our lives." - Arianna Huffington, Founder & CEO, Thrive Global and Founder, The Huffington Post
"Indistractable is the most practical and realistic approach to balancing technology with well-being. A must-read for anyone with a smartphone." - Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
"This book is full of insights, stories, cutting-edge research and--most helpful--concrete, manageable strategies for becoming indistractable." - Gretchen Rubin author of The Happiness Project
"Indistractable is a master class in understanding the root cause of distraction. Recommended for anyone looking to do more deep work." - Cal Newport, author of Deep Work
"An essential book for anyone trying to think, work, or live better." - Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way and Ego Is the Enemy
"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!" - Steve Kamb, founder of Nerd Fitness and author of Level Up Your Life