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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In The Doors of Perception, Aldous Huxley points out that the Lord’s Prayer has 50 words, and six of them are dedicated to imploring God not to lead us into temptation. Interesting note: The author also references an article by Paul Graham which I found very interesting http://www. The product she became dependent on was not a prescription pill or street drug — it was a pedometer.

This book has done more to change the way I see the world than anything I’ve read in the past several years. Simple and quick read covering helpful strategies and tactics for effectively managing attention in an ever more distracting world. In response, we might ask: how could the algorithm be designed so that it promotes equality instead? If we don’t deal with the root causes, we’ll continue to find ways to distract ourselves and will remain “helpless victims in a tragedy of our own creation”. He goes into concepts such as understanding your values and whether your calendar reflects those values.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! We agree that aimlessly scrolling our social media feeds is not as enriching as being with real friends in real life. However, I will say one benefit of this sound bite writing style is it did make the tips easy to remember, even if the ideas, suggestions or action items weren’t necessarily novel concepts. Yet the essential rhetorical move, for which Eyal gives no justification, is his separation of inner motivations from external factors and his conception of them as root causes.

It shows people how they can build habit-forming products and covers some great stuff on user psychology. While the simple, straightforward, and to-the-point approach made the content easily digestible and quick to read, it further exacerbated the feeling of the book being light on content. Here, as in Hooked, Eyal advances a four-part model – and even describes it as a “superpower” again – only this time it’s for users: it sets out how to be “indistractable” in a world that’s angling for our attention. There are solid recommendations on new approaches to try as well as lots of useful and creative app recommendations to help you stay focused. We'll also explore how to make just about any task enjoyable — not in the Mary Poppins way of "adding a spoonful of sugar," but by cultivating the ability to focus intensely on what we're doing.As a lifelong procrastinator, I’m painfully aware of how much productivity-related advice there is out there and how little of it is actually helpful. Certainly pre-planning can prevent distraction, but as we are not highly efficient robots with consistent programming which we adhere to, it would have been more helpful to obtain new ideas on how to slowly adapt behavioral changes (like in Newport's Digital Minimalism), or how to further develop the desire to focus and commit to your personal driving motivations (like in McKeown's Essentialism, and others). I highly recommend this book as something that will reclaim your focus and attention and help you navigate this world of distraction. Nir Eyal understands the modern technologies of attention from the inside, and in this practical and timely book, he shares the secrets to regaining, and sustaining, the capacity to focus on what matters. 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?

I spend far too much time on Apple News (mostly saving stories to gmail folders or bookmarks in Chrome but I have a wide range of interests and they cover over 200 publications. But to spend years building up those structural causes of distraction, and then to take such a position? As a lifelong procrastinator, I'm painfully aware of how much productivity-related advice there is out there and how little of it is actually helpful. You can't just become that by reading the book but the hacks and activities it provides will help you map out that journey.The best part of this entire book was his advice on setting guidelines on tech usage with your kids, partner, and your friends. I imagine that wasn’t the intention, but it was hard to ignore when he bragged about what other books he wrote and what companies he invested in. International bestselling author, former Stanford lecturer, and behavioral design expert, Nir Eyal, wrote Silicon Valley's handbook for making technology habit-forming. Nothing new here; however it is the most concise accumulation of various techniques - along with practical examples, laptop or mobile settings adjustments and app suggestions to help you be more indistractable.

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