Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life


Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life

Nir Eyal with Julie Li




'A guide to staying focused in an age of constant distraction' – Guardian


We are living through a crisis of distraction. Plans get sidetracked, friends are ignored, work never seems to get done.


Why does it feel like we're distracting our lives away? In Indistractable, behavioural designer Nir Eyal shows what life could look like if you followed through on your intentions. Instead of suggesting a digital detox, Eyal reveals the hidden psychology driving you to distraction, and teaches you how to make pacts with yourself to keep your brain on track. Indistractable is a guide to making decisions and seeing them through.


Empowering and optimistic, this is the book that will help you design your time, realise your ambitions, and live the life you really want.



An Important Note

Introduction: From Hooked to Indistractable


1. What’s Your Superpower?

2. Being Indistractable


Part 1: Master Internal Triggers

3. What Motivates Us Really?

4. Time Management Is Pain Management

5. Deal with Distraction from Within

6. Reimagine the Internal Trigger

7. Reimagine the Task

8. Reimagine Your Temperament


Part 2: Make Time for Traction

9. Turn Your Values into Time

10. Control the Inputs, Not the Outcomes

11. Schedule Important Relationships

12. Sync with Stakeholders at Work


Part 3: Hack Back External Triggers

13. Ask the Critical Question

14. Hack Back Work Interruptions

15. Hack Back Email

16. Hack Back Group Chat

17. Hack Back Meetings

18. Hack Back Your Smartphone

19. Hack Back Your Desktop

20. Hack Back Online Articles

21. Hack Back Feeds


Part 4: Prevent Distraction with Pacts

22. The Power of Precommitments

23. Prevent Distraction with Effort Pacts

24. Prevent Distraction with Price Pacts

25. Prevent Distraction with Identity Pacts

Part 5: How to Make Your Workplace Indistractable

26. Distraction is a Sign of Dysfunction

27. Fixing Distraction Is a Test of Company Culture

28. The Indistractable Workplace


Part 6: How To Raise Indistractable Children (And Why We All Need Psychological Nutrients)

29. Avoid Convenient Excuses

30. Understand Their Internal Triggers

31. Make Time for Traction Together

32. Help Them With External Triggers

33. Teach Them to Make Their Own Pacts


Part 7: How To Have Indistractable Relationships

34. Spread Social Antibodies Among Friends

35. Be an Indistractable Lover