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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

by Nir Eyal


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948836531
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 09/10/2019
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 828,129
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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 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 Within
6: Reimagine the Internal Trigger
7: Reimagine the Task
8: Reimagine Your Temperament

Part 2: Make Time for Traction

9: Turn Your Values into Time
10: Control the Inputs, Not the Outcomes
11: Schedule Important Relationships
12: Sync with Stakeholders at Work

Part 3: Hack Back External Triggers

13: Ask the Critical Question
14: Hack Back Work Interruptions
15: Hack Back Email
16: Hack Back Group Chat
17: Hack Back Meetings
18: Hack Back Your Smartphone
19: Hack Back Your Desktop
20: Hack Back Online Articles
21: Hack Back Feeds

Part 4: Prevent Distraction with Pacts

22: The Power of Precommitments
23: Prevent Distraction with Effort Pacts
24: Prevent Distraction with Price Pacts
25: Prevent Distraction with Identity Pacts

Part 5: How to Make Your Workplace Indistractable

26: Distraction Is a Sign of Dysfunction
27: Fixing Distraction Is a Test of Company Culture
28: The Indistractable Workplace

Part 6: How to Raise Indistractable Children
(and Why We All Need Psychological Nutrients)

29: Avoid Convenient Excuses
30: Understand Their Internal Triggers
31: Make Time for Traction Together
32: Help Them with External Triggers
33: Teach Them to Make Their Own Pacts

Part 7: How to Have Indistractable Relationships

34: Spread Social Antibodies Among Friends
35: Be an Indistractable Lover

Chapter Takeaways
Schedule Template
Distraction Tracker
About the Authors

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From the Publisher

"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