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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  7,852 ratings  ·  1,011 reviews
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 ho ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Benbella Books (first published August 6th 2019)
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ryan brown No. Hooked is about habit-forming products. Indistractable is about how to reframe and improve your focus, attention, and relationships.

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Sean Gibson
Let’s get this out of the way up front: the guy who (literally) wrote the book on making addictive tech writing a guide on how to not get distracted by addictive tech is like someone writing a book on the merits of veganism and then writing a follow-up called “Eating Yummy Baby Cows and Other Ways to Fill Your Cramhole With the Savory Flesh of Delicious, Fluffy Creatures!”

That said, I came into this hoping for a Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking-like exploration o
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Emma Sea
Dec 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
ACT theory + time blocking + habit setting + digital minimalism. There. Now you don't need to read it.
Jorge David
Sep 30, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Could have been a blog post. Better off reading Atomic Habits, Deep Work or The Path of Least Resistance.
Elvina Zafril
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pansing
I sometimes when I'm with friends, I constantly checking out my phone. I know my friends were annoyed. HAHAH until I read this book, I can call myself 'phubber' meaning phone snubber.

I loved this book so much. It was really incredible. I loved that this book is relatable in some kind of ways in my personal life.

I am always being distracted by something. I'm so glad I read this book. I can apply all the tips in my daily life. I really enjoyed the section in this book. I'm the type of people who l
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Benjamin Azevedo
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too many fillers. Go for Digital Minimalism, instead.

Note to self: always be aware of books that have a lot of good reviews before publishing. Probably friends, fans or people who got the book as a gift.
Lou
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
We live in a world where distractions exist around every corner, and I'll be the first to admit that I sometimes procrastinate. It's a timely and pretty important book as the modern age of technology appears to have become like opium to some. So what can we do to become more productive you ask? Well, Stanford Professor Nir Eyal is about to tell us in an understandable, conversational way how to get more done and there is plenty of technical detail included for those of us who enjoy knowing the i ...more
Charles Roels
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was an early reader of the book and was fascinated from beginning to end.
Indistractable is an in-depth, scientifically underpinned, guide on how to take back control of your life and removing distractions that take you away from being present in the moment.
I loved the the very personal elements, for example the superpower story at the beginning and the end, which emphasise the arguments in a very gentle and kind way.
The whole book is very relatable, from a professional point of view, but eq
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Mehrsa
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some helpful hints and reminders in here that I will be adopting. I read a lot of books like this but it's amazing how distractions creep back in and you have to remind yourself to take control of your own time.
Valentin
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: product
I liked Nir's other book, "Hooked." It is one of my favorite and best product/business books ever (and also useful for non-product people). After "Hooked" taught the whole industry how to build addictive products, Nir is now basically selling the "cure."

The first half of "Indistractable" is ok, and there is some good general idea on "why" you are so easily addicted to your smartphone, Facebook, etc. However, I think I was intuitively trying and applying most of them just because of the knowledg
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Alan Stout
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: priority
I am reviewing this book because I received a preliminary copy and think it is a vitally important topic.

How many stars would I give Indistractable? (1-5)

5 out of 5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

How would I summarize the book in one sentence?

Live a fulfilling life by becoming aware and controling both the internal and external triggers that constantly bombard me.

What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book?

Changing some of my beliefs such the reframing of my thinking about will power. (Refuting E
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Mario Tomic
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Simple and quick read covering helpful strategies and tactics for effectively managing attention in an ever more distracting world. The tips were backed by research data as well as some interesting anecdotes. The reason why I'm giving it 4/5 because I've heard and applied most of the tactics discussed in the brook. This is not to say that they don't work but I was expecting deeper insights. Having said all of this, I would recommend this book. It's a great read and I also recommend picking up Ho ...more
Rod Moser
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever gone out with friends or family and there is that one guy who is constantly checking out of the conversation and checking into his phone? Super annoying, right? Well, I'm that guy. I didn't realize what it was called until I read Nir Eyal's book but I am a 'phubber' (phone snubber).

As a real estate broker, coach, and father of 6 boys, I am always being distracted by something. I would get anxious every time the phone chirped or beeped or pinged. Was it a client emergency, do my ki
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Debbie
2.5 stars

Like many self-help books, Indistractable is full of both hits and misses.

While there are definitely some interesting and applicable points made (particularly the recommendation to timebox your schedule), most aren’t explored thoroughly enough or feel a little too generic. While there are definitely some benefits to the short-and-sweet approach—easy to digest, quick to read, and memorable sound bites—in this instance it felt light on content and substance... it felt like a drawn out blo
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Adriana
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The best part of this entire book was his advice on setting guidelines on tech usage with your kids, partner, and your friends.

The rest was a very high-level introduction to behavioral adaption and change, with easy-to-use pointers to remember at the end of every chapter. It felt very informal, like a webinar or a collection of PowerPoint slides, and less in-depth or researched analysis, like I was hoping.

Also, while the idea of timeboxing is appreciated, the truth is not everyone has the abil
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Ryan Newton
Oct 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book. Hooked was great and I was excited to develop techniques to combat the draw of my phone.

Unfortunately, Indistractable just doesn't deliver. It's composed of 36 very short chapters that are loosely grouped into sections but that never really come together. And the lessons in each chapter mostly rehash generic productivity advice - plan your day, set aside enough time for family, etc.

Ultimately I found the book to be generic and forgettable.
Austin Rief
I read Indistractible last weekend in 1 sitting… it was really incredible. Very thought provoking, packed with lots of action items. Really enjoyed it and have already recommended it to multiple people!
Harshita Gupta
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Well, I completed this book today and was contemplating the right kind of words to pen down. I do love non-fiction reads be it belongs to self-help books, business reads, biographies or autobiographies, books on mind or life. I read all the styles of non-fiction. But Indistractable wasn’t the book for me.
Indistractable focuses on the reduction of distractions that is mainly caused by the use of technology and gadgets. It comprises of easy to read short chapters with further sections talking abou
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Kerry-louise Jones
This book is full of interesting studies and facts to help you understand why you are being distracted and gives you simple solutions to help improve how you spend the time you have.

I would recommend this to anyone who is struggling with high screen time or work/life balance. It is really relatable and non-judgemental, the author himself admits to falling victim of so many of the struggles that we face today such as checking social media when spending time with his child. A lot of the findings r
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Milan
Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
When you collect your blog posts into a book this is what you get. Something which can be described in a couple of pages has been turned into a book.
Dr. Tobias Christian Fischer
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
One kind of a book - me like! It helps to overwork your work habits, general habits and identifies wrong cultural habits at work. It’s an eye-opener and truly helps in your daily life.
Suzanne
Dec 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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. It's all in service of the idea that what you consistently do over time is going to make you the person you end up being. Are you spending your time according to your values and who you want to be?

The book covers a lot from being more focused at work to parenting to relationships and I lear
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♥ Ibrahim ♥
He’s straightforward, no fluff, no nonsense. Each word he writes is in its place when others in the profession can ramble and chase rabbits.
Mike Mulvey
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've noticed WHO is reading an audiobook greatly affects how much I enjoy a book. Nir Eyal reads his own book and that was a mistake.

Nir Eyal is a dork, he sounds like a dork, and much of the advice he gives in the book is dorky (scheduled get-togethers with couples he and his wife are friends with where they discuss a pre-planned topic? Hey, that's the worst idea I've ever heard).

If it sounds like I'm hating on Eyal, I'll mention I much preferred his previous book, 'Hooked'. I also read the har
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Karen Chung
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
An outline of the problems we all face being distracted by and obsessed with our e-gadgets, along with concrete, realistic steps toward retaking control of our time and lives. I especially appreciated the parts on education. Finished in two sessions mostly using text-to-speech. Recommended.
Manu
Towards the end of the book, the author cites a survey which found that "almost a third of Americans would rather give up sex for a year than part with their mobile phone for that long". Sex has been hardwired in us by evolution, and it's a testament to technology that it has managed to hack even that! But then again, there was a time when even the printing press was called the biggest source of distraction. So this isn't a new story. But we do live in a world in which the attention economy has ...more
Echo C
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Interesting read. The irony of this guy writing this book can’t be lost on anyone because he literally wrote the book on how to get people hooked on products. That aside, it was full of good information. The author discusses the different types of distractions and provides plenty of tips on how to be “indistractable” in both your personal and professional lives. Eyal also includes a section on raising kids to be indistractable, which I appreciated. Some of the tips, like timeblocking and providi ...more
Jeff Wheeler
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This one has been sitting on my kindle for a while and I guess I was distracted. Haha. This was a really good book that goes to the root of our distractions. It’s not a bash on technology but more about the underlying pain that makes us want to escape. It offered some really valuable suggestions — many I already knew and practice but also some nuggets I hadn’t heard. I’ve already started applying some principles, like scheduling things that I value the most.
Rochelle
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
What I loved the most about this book was the very succinct nature of the advice. Also the fact that it didn't demonize our devices or talk of simplistic fixes like 'unplugging', which often do not work.

It was an easy read with very practical and good advice that I can actually see myself putting into practice. Some of the strategies are those that I learned from books like 'Deep Work' by Cal Newport, and have already implemented and they do work very well. Hence, I have high hopes for some of
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Patricija - aparecium_libri
3.5
Nothing remarkable. Got some insight about distractions, apps to use, but didn't find out anything new.
Ruth Meyer
This is a really good book that would be helpful for many people in our modern world. Not all of it was applicable to me, as there was an entire section on becoming indistractable at work (specifically, an office setting, on dealing with coworkers and how to run better meetings), but I did glean some helpful insight on my behaviors and finding the underlying root cause to my own distractions. I was pleased to realize that I was already incorporating some of the strategies Nir suggests, even if I ...more
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