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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  16,325 ratings  ·  1,866 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, 300 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
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. ...more
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.
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too many fillers, and the whole premise is flawed, as Johann Hari explains in chapter eight of Stolen Focus (a great book). Go for Digital Minimalism, instead. Or better yet, Stolen Focus.

Note to self: always be aware of books that have a lot of good reviews before publishing. Probably fans, people who got the book as a gift. Or those services where you buy good reviews.
Dr. Appu Sasidharan
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Is time management some sort of pain management? What is the best way to stay focused in this world filled with distractions? Nir Eyal tries to answer these questions through this book.

The positive of this book is that you will get some key takeaways that will be helpful to you from this book.

Some ideas are repeated multiple times, which ironically will distract you from reading this book written to avoid distractions.

My favorite three lines from this book.
“Most people don’t want to
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
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
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
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—including bring easy to digest, quick to read, and full of memorable sound bites—in this instance it felt light on content and substance, much l
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
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
Aug 14, 2021 rated it it was ok
Completely boring and basic instructions on how to cut down distraction (remove apps from your phone! schedule your time!). The only useful reminders I gleaned from this were the 10 minute rule, where if you feel tempted to do something wait ten minutes and see if you still want to do it, and another principle about recalling your thoughts immediately before you reach to do something distracting. Oftentimes it is less about the pull of the thing that is distracting you than an attempt to escape ...more
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. ...more
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
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
Sep 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
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
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.
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
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
Sep 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: skimmed
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.
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!
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
Nopadol Rompho
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If you have a problem with distractions, this book will tell you how to solve this problem. The main idea is to eliminate or decrease internal and external triggers. Strongly recommended.
Kerry-louise Jones
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
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
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.
Vagabond of Letters, DLitt

Quick and breezy. I was recommended this by a fellow computer scientist on Blind. I should have read the description. This Tribesman's book (i.e., bloviating blogpost) is mostly about cutting out digital distraction, not the mental fortitude necessary to tune out interruptions as I believed. I won't hold mismatched expectations against the author, but it's pretty run of the mill stuff.

Alas, I will hold the following against the author:

1. His friend group is so exclusively Jewish that they
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
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.
Ralph N
Jun 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
It was hard to read this book without getting distracted.
Marek Zmyslowski
Jan 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I can safely say that after David Allen's "Getting Things Done" that I read in 2009 this is the second most important books on efficiency. ...more
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
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Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products" (a finalist for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards) and "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life." (nominated for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards)

He has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. His writing on technology, psychology and busi

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