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.
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About the Author
A graduate and instructor in Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Nir Eyal has studied and taught behavioral design with and to industry-leading experts and scientists. He writes, consults, and teaches about the intersection of psychology, technology, and business at NirAndFar.com and his writing has been featured in Harvard Business Review, TechCrunch, Time, The Week, Inc., and Psychology Today.
Table of Contents
Introduction: From Hooked to Indistractable 1: What’s Your Superpower?2: Being Indistractable
Part 1: Master Internal Triggers
3: What Motivates Us, Really?4: Time Management Is Pain Management 5: Deal with Distraction from Within6: Reimagine the Internal Trigger7: Reimagine the Task8: Reimagine Your Temperament
Part 2: Make Time for Traction
9: Turn Your Values into Time 10: Control the Inputs, Not the Outcomes11: Schedule Important Relationships 12: Sync with Stakeholders at Work
Part 3: Hack Back External Triggers
13: Ask the Critical Question14: Hack Back Work Interruptions15: Hack Back Email16: Hack Back Group Chat17: Hack Back Meetings18: Hack Back Your Smartphone19: Hack Back Your Desktop20: Hack Back Online Articles21: Hack Back Feeds
Part 4: Prevent Distraction with Pacts
22: The Power of Precommitments 23: Prevent Distraction with Effort Pacts24: Prevent Distraction with Price Pacts25: Prevent Distraction with Identity Pacts
Part 5: How to Make Your Workplace Indistractable
26: Distraction Is a Sign of Dysfunction27: Fixing Distraction Is a Test of Company Culture28: The Indistractable Workplace
Part 6: How to Raise Indistractable Children (and Why We All Need Psychological Nutrients)
29: Avoid Convenient Excuses30: Understand Their Internal Triggers31: Make Time for Traction Together32: Help Them with External Triggers33: Teach Them to Make Their Own Pacts
Part 7: How to Have Indistractable Relationships
34: Spread Social Antibodies Among Friends35: Be an Indistractable Lover
Chapter TakeawaysSchedule TemplateDistraction TrackerAcknowledgmentsContributorsAbout the AuthorsNotesIndex
What People are Saying About This
"This book has done more to change the way I see the world than anything I've read in the past several years. Indistractable has literally changed my work life. Nir Eyal is one of today's premier thinkers in business psychology—and one of today's best writers. The actionable insights from Indistractable have helped me reduced my daily time spent on email by 90%. I am so much more effective as a result of this book."—Shane Snow, author of Dream Teams and Smartcuts