159: How to Distract-Proof Your Brain—Nir Eyal (Free Version)
Do you find yourself distracted all day by the pings and dings of your smartphone, by the lure of that Amazon Prime movie, or hilarious kitten videos on YouTube, or your favorite news commentary, or the funny pages, or making a hot coffee before you “really get down to work”?
Stop me if this sounds like you, because it certainly sounds like me.
Fortunately for the distracted brethren of this world, a practical guide to distract-proofing your brain is now available. New York best-selling author Nir Eyal has put 5 years of research into one place. It’s called Indistractible: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.
Nir does not spout platitudes or make generalizations. He provides practical tools that build the kind of habits that enable you to stay on task and to use your time wisely and deliberately. Lots of objective data to back it all up as well.
In this episode you will learn
- The four strategies that begin (in an ongoing growth process) to make you indistractable
- The most accurate definition of distraction and why it’s important to know it
- Common myths about time management
- How’s this method wonderfully aligns with the Catholic and biblical understanding of virtue
- How to create your own time boxes and maximize what’s important to do as opposed to what seems urgent to do
- The benefits— short-term and long-term—that come with being indistractable
Resources mentioned in this episode
- Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life by Nir Eyal
- Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
- Nir and Far, Nir’s website, full of helpful articles.
- Nir’s schedule maker tool, get it here.
- A great summary article of how to become indistractable.
- Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen
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