Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal By Nir Eyal

After hearing Nir Eyal on a podcast and finding his insights fascinating I immediately ordered this book. I've so far read it all the way through once so that I can get a sense of it and think of how I can action it in my life. Not all of it will apply to everyone. But I'm looking forward to going through it again and putting of it into practice. There are plenty of solid, common sense tips to help everyone use their time effectively and be present in their lives. I would have liked of a conclusion to the book. It just kind of stopped. Other than that I found it an extremely valuable read. Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal I discovered this book via a conversation that the author, Nir Eyal had with Dr Rangan Chatterjee on his podcast Feel Better Live More. One piece of information resonated with me was that if you react emotionally to something, it is because of something you believe rather than what is being said to you. I had the chance to I put that insight into practice over something small which really upset me. And he was right. I realised why I was triggered and I learned a valuable lesson. Eyal's background also fascinated me. Here was someone who had been part of the tech revolution, developing products to keep us constantly using them. And now he was saying that we should not blame the tech, its useful. Learn how to take back control. He also understand what matters to being human at a deep level.I read this book at the right time too. I'd already made significant changes in my life and reading this in November 2020 was at a time when I was ready to receive this information. The approach is clear, broken down into easy to manage and understand guidelines. I was once told by a friend that I am a completer of tasks, so I wondered why I couldn't complete everything that I wanted to. One week of planning my daily schedule, including my weekends revealed why. I was over optimistic in what was possible and so I always felt defeated when the list remained so long. I'm still learning how to manage my time better but I no longer feel disappointed in myself. Indeed, this month I've been productive in all areas of my life and remained relaxed from following these guidelines.This is a kind, uplifting and empowering book. And its proved useful than many self help books I've read in the past. It is practical, easy to read and covers all areas. Highly recommended. Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal

Indistractable:

I started to read this book and within 2 seconds it starts talking about apps emails etc, as someone who uses technology as little as possible anyway it's completely useless (yes I understand I am writing this on but the Internet is killing the high streets so I am left with little choice).I am a chef, try telling hungry customers that they have to wait because you need to focus on something I haven't tried but I can tell you it wouldn't go down well with them or your seniors and I am sure it's the same in other industries. Like every other book I have partially read (then gave up on for similar reasons) similar to this it MAYBE works if you work in a office or similar environment but for most probably useless or offers limited benifits in my opinion. Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal Well written book, and a great topic, but I feel it addresses an area that to the modern day person would already be common knowledge. I work in the legal profession where time is money, so to be indistractable is essential. Yes, of course, we could all do it better, but I’m not sure this book will help. I have taken away with me the Flora app, but I may not use it because the whole point of being indistractable is pretty much not to be distracted by a device’s notifications in the first place, so by using the device to start a timer on an app that guilts you if you use the device sooner than planned and a tree dies is rather counterintuitive.I bought this book following its mention on a recent Steven Bartlett podcast. I wouldn’t recommend it the the millennial, but for anxious parents it may help. Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal Nir Eyal wrote one of the most practical books that is easy to understand and implement by anyone. I really like his strategies in making my life less and less distracted and actually define my distractions, which I felt was missing. This book is brilliant and highly Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal Prachtig boekLeerzaam Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal I’ve read hundreds of self help, development, and productivity books but this one feels like it was written for me. Initially I attended Nir’s free Indistractable session on Eventbrite so I could be an anonymous bystander and think about if Nir’s method spoke to me, well it did and before I bought the book I’d already been onto the website to look at some of the free resources.I had an emotionally painful few days thinking about why I’d got to the point I had with complete overwhelm in every area of my life and moved onto putting into practice the method of using containers for planning, the focus being on me first, then family/home, then work. I have always believed that work comes first and then everything should fit around that but that has clearly come at a cost to me and I never even realised how badly I was neglecting myself and punishing myself for mistakenly believing I was underachieving all the time. Just printing off a calendar sheet and blocking out time to do my diary, have food, go outside, do nice things was liberating as these things usually get shoehorned in between work demands.I admit, at first I was scared and thought that using containers and binning to do lists was a recipe for disaster but it actually wasn’t, and creating my set of containers for work has enabled me to organise what I do so it is far effective that checking and responding to emails every 5 mins. I now have set times in the day for emails, projects, meetings, calls etc. I’ve been doing this for two weeks now and have managed an empty personal work inbox, and an almost empty Team inbox every day. For me that is a huge achievement! It’s so liberating throwing away the to do lists and instead actually putting in my calendar what needs to be done instead at a set time, it’s common sense and has ended the feelings of failure from unachieved to do lists.I was worrying a lot about everything that needed to be done before I started this journey, I thought I would have to schedule in time to worry (it’s ok to do this), but the worry has dissipated with the security that everything is there and planned for instead of in my head or on a never ending to do list. I’ve had a few things come up which could have upset all the planning but a great tip from Nir is to actually give yourself time to do things as we always underestimate the length of time things take. These buffers have worked well over the past few weeks as I haven’t been so anxious about disturbances because I know I’ve given myself enough time.I’m still learning and using the accompanying free workbook but I feel that if you want to relook at why you’re overwhelmed and you’ve tried other things previously, then please have a go with this book as it is so much than being Indistractable. Indistractable: how to control your attention and choose your life : Nir Eyal

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