Indistractable by Nir Eyal


"Indistractable provides a framework that will deliver the focus you need to get results." (James Clear, author of Atomic Habits)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 i...

Details Indistractable

Release DateSep 10th, 2019
PublisherBenBella Books
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Self Help, Productivity, Personal Development, Business, Science, Technology

Reviews Indistractable

  • Charles Roels
    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 re...
  • Alan Stout
    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...
  • Mehrsa
    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.
  • Rod Moser
    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 bee...
  • 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 spe...
  • ryan brown
    Indistractable is a practical, judgement-free guide to health and happiness for the 21st century. Nir lays out a compelling way to reframe experiences and drive you to a more meaningful, happier relationship with your work, life, and family. The book is laid out in a pragmatic way, with "hack back" tactics to help you improve. There's a wealth of extremely helpful advice. I strongly recommend this book.
  • Valentin
    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 ...
  • Mylene
    Spoilers...Interesting read, lots of tips to avoid distraction (although nothing new - but I guess I'm not the average reader, working in ICT).I wonder though why people think blocking your agenda to make time for your life goals or most important things to do makes any sense. Apparently, they don't work 8 hours a day for a boss (with at least 30 minutes lunch required), or have no real commute time, or don't have dogs.When I've done my daily stu...
  • Levi Mårten
    "Learn how to hack back against your distractions!" or "A great, practical guide to taking control of your distractions".I was an early reader of this book as a part of the editing process that Nir uses. I found that the book was really great! Section 3 was easily the most practical part of the book for me, but also the part where I felt I already knew a lot of the information. I really liked the background information and the scientific backing ...
  • Adam Waxman
    I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this book. As someone who works in product design and is also addicted to technology, I had been patiently waiting for this book since he mentioned it at a talk several years ago. Similar to Hooked, he does a great job of distilling complex topics into easy to remember terminology. In particular, I really like the way he defines and provides a framework to think about distractions (things that move you ...
  • Priya
    The author believes that actions are caused either by internal or external triggers. These triggers have the ability to steer you right (traction) or wrong (distraction), the model is how the book is structured. The book contains two additional sections - managing distractions at the workplace and managing distraction with children.The ideas presented in each part of the book were well researched. There was nothing extraordinary about any of the ...
  • Lance Haley
    I read the beta copy before release. It's a salient look at the problem of how our motivations and anxieties, coupled with natural aspects of the human brain, all conspire to hijack our attention. Just understanding the ways in which we can recapture our brain's attention to focus on the tasks at hand by making small changes in our habits is helpful. That is particularly problematic for someone who suffers from Bipolar Disorder and loves absorbin...
  • Barbara Gorzinski
    Loved this book because it had plenty of suggestions for me to overcome my distractability. I know the ability to be free from distractibility is a skill smart, successful people possess. This book had lots of research that explained to me why I find it so easy to succumb to distractions from both people and devices. I usually make a deal with the devil to indulge in videos, emails, posting on FB--but I'm getting too old to try and make up the ti...
  • Leanne
    Many thanks to Netgalley and ... who provided me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book and found it an original subject perfect for me because I am easily distracted. I'm the kind of person who has five-plus tabs open on her browser.The book is full of tips on how to avoid being distracted and furthermore includes extra information on Nir Eyal's website, which I will be referring to. A good marker of a book is when the r...
  • Ariel Kahan
    I'm an early reader and an aspiring adopter of Indistractable: a book that provides an actionable roadmap for mitigating the growing distraction in our lives.Easy to navigate and follow, Indistractable covers real-life scenarios at home and work, with personal goals, professional path, relationships, time planning and more.The book systematically addresses a diverse spectrum of distraction-related information, most of us would find very relevant ...
  • Amit Verma
    Today nobody will deny that we have become overloaded with data to toxic levels and we consume so much trash of data daily, which we will never use.Continuous distractions lead to reduced productivity, creativity and family life We miss so much in an effort to avoid missing out on alleged important stuff.Author covers wide range of topics and examples. Your kid and you, you and your spice, first hour of your office, teenager, gamer and children.H...
  • Mike Mulvey
    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 preferre...
  • Andrea Hill
    I was an early reviewer of this book, and I'm so excited that others can read it now!I've been a fan of Nir's since I saw him at SXSW years ago, and then read Hooked. In this book, he shares tactics to avoid being 'hooked' by distractions, and live the fruitful life you deserve.What were the most memorable or helpful parts of the book?The book contained good thought- as well as practical exercises. Time-boxing was great. I liked the recommendatio...
  • Erica Amalfitano
    I had the great opportunity to be an early reader of Indistractable! I thoroughly enjoyed the read (very relatable and actionable) and learned a lot about triggers. One of my favorite takeaways was, "if you don't plan and manage your time, someone else or something else will do it for you." Nir does an amazing job sharing with the reader that with the right tools, discipline, and attitude you can say goodbye to distracted living and take back you...
  • Anne Janzer
    Indistractable isn't only about managing the distractions of attention-seeking technologies; it's a guide to living an intentional life in an interrupt-driven world.I loved the underlying psychological studies - particularly the Ryan and Deci theory of the three things children and young adults needs. The business case studies are also particularly helpful. Personally, I've started timeboxing my days and found a greater sense of peace in doing so...
  • Lyle McKeany
    I was lucky enough to be an early reader of the book. This is the follow-up book to Hooked I was hoping Nir would write. It's a modern day guide on how to be more present and mindful with the myriad distractions available at our fingertips. Indistractable gives a name to this thing many of us find ourselves doing, oftentimes subconsciously and providing a framework for being more mindful about how we're spending our time.
  • Thuy Vuong
    In Nir's last book, he showed us how triggers can create habits, even those that create havoc in relationships at home and businesses without realizing it. In this book, he shows you how you can turn them off with many examples and activities. It's a fast read and being an early reader of this book, I've already taken his suggestions and am able to recognize which ones are "real" distractions and not worth my time.
  • Anthony Gold
    Nir's articles, videos, and books have helped many people not only understand the art & science of habit-formation, but how to leverage this awareness into an enhanced lifestyle. For "Indistractable" I was fortunate to be an early reader of the book. The compelling science and stories that Nir shares are riveting. Learning how to be indistractable will change your life - and the techniques in this book will show you how.
  • John Kvasnic
    Full disclosure that I am a contributor to this book. This is a great read on how to stay in control of your life in a world full of distraction. There are excellent exercises at the end of each chapter designed to help you reinforce the concepts of indistractability. I have tried many of the lessons learned on myself and my children with success. This is a different take then Hooked, Nir's last book, and also another excellent piece of writing....
  • Dmitrii Cucleschin
    Another fantastic book by Nir, teaching you how to be mindful of daily tractions and distractions and learn specific techniques to improve the quality of your life, career and relationships by becoming indistractable. Those who read Hooked before will feel right at home, learning the opposite end of the spectrum to find peace in a constant flurry of notifications and triggers. The techniques taught are very specific and are already helping you in...
  • Savannah Carlin
    I was an early reader of the book and found it incredibly helpful and valuable. To me, it is a handbook for living your ideal life through mastering distractions. There are clear and helpful exercises at the end of each chapter to help you apply the lessons right away. Read this book if you want to feel great about how you spend your time, and if you want clear and easy ways to make deep work easier.
  • Pip Cody
    I was an early reader of this book. Instead of being beset by distraction, I'm now gaining traction. I'm applying it every chance I get. An insightful and practical guide to understand what's actually driving you to distraction... and how you can gain the freedom to choose which direction you take.
  • Rebecca
    Really helpful and straightforward book. I appreciate his clear definitions of traction and internal/external triggers. This book made me feel more empowered and that living the life I want to live is not only possible, it might even be easier than I’ve habitually thought!I received a digital copy of the book from the publisher for review.
  • Sharon Danzger
    I really enjoyed reading this book (I received an advance copy so I was an early reader.) Eyal includes great anecdotes and personal stories. This made him "one of us;" struggling with the same issues of distraction that plague all of us! The strategies are practical and evidence-based...a winning combination!