From Distracted To Focused: Nir Eyal’s Secrets On How To Be Indistractable

Utilizing the power of identity by proudly declaring yourself as indistractable can be a persuasive step in becoming the kind of person we want to be. By changing the language we use to describe ourselves, we can actually influence our own behavior.

The language we use really does affect our behavior, for better and for worse. ~ Nir Eyal Share on X

This is just one of the techniques that our popular guest, Nir Eyal describes in his new book, “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life”. Nir is the international bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, a behavioral design expert, and host of the wonderful podcast “Nir and Far”.

The antidote to impulsiveness is forethought…..this is what in distractible people do. They plan today to make sure they don't get distracted tomorrow. ~ Nir Eyal Share on X

In a world full of demands on our attention, we may think that getting distracted is a recent phenomenon and blame our technology use. But in this episode, Nir describes how getting distracted is simply part of our human nature, something we’ve been plagued with for centuries. Listen to our fascinating interview with Nir to learn how to be intentional with our tasks, what planning our time should look like and why leaving time for reflection can lead to more creative achievements.

The opposite of distraction is not focus. The opposite of distraction is traction. ~ Nir Eyal Share on X

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(3:42) Welcome and speed round questions.

(7:22) Why to-do lists are the worst way to increase productivity.

(12:41) Internal triggers and external triggers.

(16:13) Why is it easier to look outside ourselves than inside ourselves?

(17:57) Nir’s personal journey into behavioral design.

(23:37) The morality of manipulation: behavioral design and ethics.

(27:06) The regret test: how you test ethical design at the corporate level.

(37:02) Practicing self compassion has surprising results on reaching your goals.

(42:23) How the language we use affects our behavior.

(49:28) Nir’s very unusual answer to the desert island music question.

(52:29) Grooving session with Kurt and Tim on being indistractable.

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From Distracted To Focused: Nir Eyal’s Secrets On How To Be Indistractable

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Nir Eyal