Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life Hardcover – 17 October 2019
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Exactly what most of us need in order to focus on what is important, rather than the dazzling, illuminated, unsatisfying distractions of modern life -- Matt Haig
Nir Eyal understands the modern technologies of attention from the inside, and in this practical and timely book, he shares the secrets to regaining, and sustaining, the capacity to focus on what matters. Your brain (not to mention your spouse, your kids, and your friends) will thank you for reading it -- Oliver Burkeman
The best guide I've read for reclaiming our attention, our focus and our lives -- Arianna Huffington
This book is essential reading for anyone who wants to preserve islands of focused attention – and good personal relationships – at a time when digital devices pull us away from our priorities and our loved ones. I’m putting many of Eyal’s ideas into practice -- Jonathan Haidt, author of 'The Coddling of the American Mind' and the 'The Righteous Mind'
In a world filled with noise, Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results -- James Clear, author of 'Atomic Habits'
This book has done more to change the way I see the world than anything I've read in the past several years -- Shane Snow, author of 'Dream Teams' and 'Smartcuts'
Being indistractable is the essential skill for our time. Skip this book at your peril. My advice is this: Read it. Live it. Repeat -- Greg McKeown, author of 'Essentialism'
Now there’s a way we can regain our ability to focus. It’s been created by behavioural designer Nir Eyal, and he should know: in a former life, he designed some of the techniques that Silicon Valley companies use to make addictive products. And he’s spent five years fine-tuning the concentration strategies that can make you more productive ― Red
As a lifelong procrastinator, I'm painfully aware of how much productivity-related advice there is out there and how little of it is actually helpful. Indistractable is an exception -- Tim Urban, author of WaitButWhy.com
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- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1526610221
- ISBN-13 : 978-1526610225
- Item Weight : 640 g
- Dimensions : 16.2 x 3 x 23.6 cm
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (17 October 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #376,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We are seeing Apple, Google, OnePlus and other hardware manufacturers include these screen time restriction tools in their system firmware itself. Other tools have gotten parents access to restrict kids' screen time from technology.
When the future is turning towards remote work - it's essential to take a break. This book arrived at the right time and helps us unlearn negative patterns we might have created for ourselves.
It’s very well
Written. It gives some
Very true and practical advices on
Productive in your personal,
Professional and family life. The balance is amazing and techniques it talks about about children and the reasons for the overuse of tech is very interesting
I'm still midway reading this book but satisfied with content too. It's not a leisure read but practical techniques to identy and then deal with your distractions.
I henceforth stand Indistractable
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In today's world, everyone is using technology in some way or form. The problem people have is that Technology ends up using them. Nir Eyal knows how technology can be used to capture people's attention. His previous book - Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products is still a #1 Best Seller in the Amazon.co.uk Sales and Marketing Research Category even though it was written in 2014. It shows people how they can build habit-forming products and covers some great stuff on user psychology.
Whilst this is great for companies who want people to consume their products, it is not great for the individuals who just can't navigate this world of distraction. Enter, this book which is there to support in building skills that help become indistractable. This becomes and extremely important skill which people need but they haven't quite figured out how to.
This book has a different take and doesn't advocate a digital detox or even mindfulness and meditation. It helps you actually understand the triggers causing your behaviour and provides a very realistic way of being able to set the path to becoming indistractable.
The core of the book discusses the key methods of becoming Indistractable:
- Master INTERNAL Triggers
- Make time for TRACTION
- Hack Back EXTERNAL Triggers
- Prevent DISTRACTION with Pacts
Each chapter is easy to read and really helps you understand the key concepts.
For me, a very powerful concept was actually getting to the root cause of distraction. Sometimes we blame the devices. Nir helps us identify the key differences between Root causes and Proximate causes. This becomes really important to help understand the distraction. It's all about being able to deal with the distraction from within. I found that this book has explained this much better than other books have around this subject.
He goes into concepts such as understanding your values and whether your calendar reflects those values. Turning your values into time becomes really important and you then control the inputs and not the outcomes
There are lots and lots of useful ways to hack external triggers, whether it is work interruptions, email, chat, meetings, phones, computers, online articles or feeds.
There is a whole concept around pacts to prevent distractions.
The book also covers some very useful ways of raising indistractable children. This would also be very powerful for those with children who want to support them in not getting consumed in this world of distraction.
This is a great, practical book that can help support you in building the skill to be indistractable. You can't just become that by reading the book but the hacks and activities it provides will help you map out that journey. It comes with companion online resources like a workbook which asks very powerful questions and helps you embed this learning and thinking.
I highly recommend this book as something that will reclaim your focus and attention and help you navigate this world of distraction.
I am a chef, try telling hungry customers that they have to wait because "you need to focus on something" I haven't tried but I can tell you it wouldn't go down well with them or your seniors and I am sure it's the same in other industries. Like every other book I have partially read (then gave up on for similar reasons) similar to this it MAYBE works if you work in a office or similar environment but for most probably useless or offers limited benifits in my opinion.
The main message is: figure out what you want to do, schedule that, and don't be distracted.
What you want to do can include critical tasks like taking medicine, necessary tasks like writing a report, or fun tasks like watching a movie. But when you are doing that task, do not get distracted by other thoughts or triggers. For example, don't browse social media at work, don't write work emails at a family dinner - don't even think about those things in the wrong setting.
He then offers a well organised discussion of things that distract you - your own mind and the world around you. He describes in brief how to deal with these, preferably before they happen. He spends a lot of time on technology and cultural settings and norms.
There is nothing new in this book. But reading it will give you the chance to reflect on how you prioritise your life, how you get distracted, and how you will refocus on what matters. Since the fundamentals of what he writes are probably known to you already, it is the refreshing of your memory and the act of reflecting on your situation as you read that would make the book worth your time. Since the book is short and easy to read, I think reading it was worth my time.
Consider the authors Cal Newport and James Clear for deeper discussions of the value of scheduling our work and how we can create powerful methods to stick to our plans.
Bei SEHR großen Seiten und Zeilenabständen, 35 Kapiteln mit je 3 Seiten unbeschriebenenem Platz und vielen unnötigen Bildern, wäre der gesamte Text auf 120 Seiten PDF zu komprimieren möglich gewesen. Mit den ganzen Produktplazierungen hinterlässt es leider den etwas bitteren Nachgeschmack, dass hier einfach Geld mit verdient werden sollte...
Empfehlenswerter wäre eher eins der Interviews mit Nir Eyal, kompetent ist er ja. Bessere Bücher wären : Irresistible, make it stick, The Art of Learning, Atomic Habits, Essentialism oder jedes Buch über Meditation...