Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

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Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

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Nir Eyal is on a mission to protect you from distraction—and his lively book is full of actionable ideas. It comprises of easy to read short chapters with further sections talking about dealing with distractions from within, reimagining internal triggers, hacking back external triggers, workplace distractions, having Indistractable relationships and, etc. Empowering and optimistic, Indistractable provides practical, novel techniques to control your time and attention - helping you live the life you really want. This is a great, practical book that can help support you in building the skill to be indistractable.

All behaviors, both traction and distraction, are prompted by triggers, whether internal or external. It's not the screen, it's the parenting and there are some brilliant ideas on how to achieve a better outcome. The first few chapters were compelling, my interest was building up, but as I moved further to the next chapters, it looked like the addition of content was only done with the purpose to increase the volume of the book. Though some of these things seem dull in comparison to today's enticements, distractions have and always will be facts of life.While removing external triggers is helpful in keeping distractions out, pacts are a proven way of reining ourselves in, ensuring we do what we say we're going to do. Of course, it heavily focuses on social media given it is one of the habits most of us seem to have that takes our attention away from more important issues; I must admit that I rarely use social media as it simply doesn't hold my interest for very long, but I can see that this would help those who have let social sites take over their lives and could be applied to other situations easily too. The only [person] I was getting closer to," she admits, "[was] my colleague Ernest, who also had a Striiv, so we could set challenges and compete with each other.

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.It covers technology, but also things like being distracted by there being tasty food in the fridge. We don’t have time to wait for regulators to do something and if you hold your breath waiting for corporations to make their products less distracting, well, you’re going to pass out. They can compete with other players and view their relative rankings on tournament-style leaderboards.

We are bombarded at every turn with persuasive design that exploits our psychological weaknesses and often leads us into temptation, habituation and distraction. International bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley's handbook for making technology habit-forming. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we get the best from technology without letting it get the best of us?A lot of the findings really resonated with me especially the part about lying awake at night stressing about not being able to get back to sleep! James Williams’s Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Restriction in the Attention Economy is published by Cambridge.

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