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In-distract-able (Nir Eyal)

Updated: Jan 9, 2022

Consider a situation where you wanted to check your phone to know whether Boss has sent any text to you. But while opening the mobile you noticed a notification on Facebook, which diverted your hours in just scrolling one post over another. If you have passed through this situation then this book is for you.

At the latest, technology has incorporated with our personal and official life, which we feel has helped to give us free time, but what I apprehended after reading this book was, technology has actually downsized our quality time. In my personal experience, I feel that technology is a distraction promoter and a substantial share of my time is squandered by merely browsing the internet, significantly social media sites. Many of my buddies also endorse this pointing that these distractions have slowly started to deteriorate our relationships also.

Nir Eyal via his book "in-distract-able" will make us apprehend the heavy consequences of these distractions in our real life and instructs us on how we can transform ourselves into "in-distract-able human beings" The significant takeaways for me from this book were:

  • Many a time, we are in-distractable at our office or studies, whereas it is more crucial to be in-distractable in our emotional things too. It will help to rejuvenate our relationships and self-growth.

  • Along with a checklist of things to do, we should start citing down the timeline to finish the task also. This will make us more in-distractable.

  • Notifications from our mobile phones/tabs and laptops are our major distractors. The author has given so many suggestions to avoid the irrelevant distractions and usage of these gadgets in the most effective manner.

The words I want to share the most from this book were:

The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity
Even when we think we’re seeking pleasure, we’re actually driven by the desire to free ourselves from the pain of wanting
Most people don’t want to acknowledge the uncomfortable truth that distraction is always an unhealthy escape from reality.
Dissatisfaction and discomfort dominate our brain’s default state, but we can use them to motivate us instead of defeat us.

This book can make you realize that being in-distractable will certainly enhance your productivity and will make you a better person. But many of the suggestions offered, I felt at least to me is not practical. I recommend this book to those who feel losing their valuable time in social media and to parents who want their kids to be in-distractable. This book is having 318 pages and is available on amazon.

Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of "Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products" (a finalist for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards) and "Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life." (nominated for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards)

He has taught at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. His writing on technology, psychology, and business appears in the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.

Nir blogs regularly at


My rating is 4.5 out of 5


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