Indistractable

Author: Nir Eyal

The Book in 3 Sentences:
  • Indistractable means striving to do what you say you’re going to do.
  • Distraction is any action that moves you away from what you want, while traction is any action that moves you toward your stated goal.
  • There are internal and external triggers that cause distraction and we can fight back by implementing hacks and making pacts to change behavior ahead of time.
How I Discovered Indistractable:
  • I discovered Indistractable through an interview with the author, Nir Eyal on the blog Superorganizers.
Who Should Read Indistractable:
  • Anyone who struggles with distraction, boredom, or motivation to get work done in our modern age.
How the Book Changed Me:
  • I realized that if I plan “distraction” into my day, it’s not really distraction. In other words, I now try to map out my day either through calendar entries or pomodor timing to schedule some breaks to just browse the internet, read the news, or play guitar.
  • I also learned several “hacks” to fight back against distraction: reduce visual clutter, silence all notifications, only open a single app at a time.
Top 3 Quotes:
  1. “The problem is deeper than tech. Being indistractable isn’t about being a Luddite. It’s about understanding the real reasons why we do things against our best interest.”
  2. “Tantalus’s curse is also our curse. We are compelled to reach for things we supposedly need but really don’t. We don’t need to check our email right this second or need to see the latest trending news, no matter how much we feel we must.”
  3. “If we want to master distraction, we must learn to deal with discomfort.”