I read the pre-release of Indistractable at an important time in my life: as an early stage startup founder, I have no time to be distracted. In Nir's words, being indistractable is "finally doing what you say you will do." Starting a company is the ultimate test of doing what you say you will do, and I've seen major improvements in my work and life since reading it.
As a person who values hard work, competence, and personal growth, I have studied lots of books, articles, and other media during my early adult years. I've read all the way from the classic works to the latest and greatest. Indistractable is the first book that gave me the aha moment about distraction: it starts from within.
I love technology, but I don't love when it keeps me from doing work that matters to me. In the past, I have taken drastic, Luddite measures to control its grasp on my attention. These techniques worked for a while, but eventually I always got back to the same place: my mind and my attention wanted to be elsewhere, not on the task at hand.
In Indistractable, Nir goes straight to the root of the problem of distraction. It hurts to read that the problem is you, but it's important to hear. For me, this was a "why didn't anyone ever tell me this before?" kind of moment. My struggles finally made sense.
Nir goes on to methodically lay out a model for managing both internal and external distractions. While the book does have some specific tactics, the most important takeaways for me were timeless messages. Managing distraction is more about managing pain and emotion ("time management is pain management", as one chapter says) than managing the notification settings on your iPhone. Sure, that helps, but not if you can't manage the pain and discomfort that's keeping you from doing what you care about.
While I'm still a work in progress, I have noticed a distinct difference in my attention and work in the month since I finished reading the book. Among many examples of improvement, what stands out to me is a new ability to catch myself right when an internal trigger for distraction goes off in my mind. Indistractable gave me an extra fraction of a second to catch myself, refocus, and get back to doing what I say I will do. That's subtle but important: in my case, it might be the difference that finally lets me keep the promises I've made to myself and others.
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (17 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1526610213
- ISBN-13: 978-1526610218
- Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 3 x 23.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 458 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)