I thought this book deserved a review. Nir Eyal discusses a lot of what we are currently living through. A fast pace I want it yesterday distractable world. He doesn’t have us tossing out devices or living like hermits to become indistractable. He give real live examples of what we can do.
Being indistractable means striving to do what you say you will do. We have to find our internal and external triggers. For internal triggers sit with the emotion and try to recognize the emotion just before the trigger. Get used to discomfort. Nir offers us the “ten minute rule”. If you have an internal trigger before giving into it give yourself ten minutes. If we still have urge after ten minutes then I guess we do it.
External triggers are all around us. Starting with the pings, dings and rings from our devices. When we come distracted research say it takes time to get back into focus. We have to consider “is this trigger serving me?” It doesn’t help that work culture expects individuals to be on call 24/7. People take their devices homes. Answer emails at the supper table. Work culture has to change.
He offers suggestions like only answer emails at a schedule time. Turn off desktop notifications. Tell colleagues you are not free between X and Y. There are also chapters on how to schedule your day. Along with to raise indistractable kids.
I know I’m not the only one that has seen tables of people not talking to each other but on their phones. If not the whole table at least one person. What is this teaching the next generation? That the person in front of you isn’t as worthy of your time as the one at the other end of the device.
The book puts in perspective what is happening now. Shows us how to use our devices to gain traction and make us indistractable to do the things we want. Distraction is lost time and concentration. We will not get into the flow when our devices are pinging and dinging us.
It is an easy read and he writes it like he is taking to you. Even if you read it to find out what apps he uses to keep indistractable. By the way my phone is not on my desk right now and the volume is off. No pings, dings and rings happening here!
You can always start now!