In This Episode
Wish you could stop getting distracted by every little thing that pops up?
In this episode, I’m reviewing the book “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” by Nir Eyal.
This book is all about the psychology of distraction, why we get distracted and, most importantly, what to do about it so that you can actually stay focused on the things that are important to you.
The reason why so many of us end up in really unhappy, unhealthy situations is because we’re out of the habit of following through. We say we’re going to do stuff, we get distracted and then we don’t do it.
So how do we break out of this cycle and focus our time and energy on the things that are really going to create the results we want?
Eyal’s definition of being “indestractable” is simple – striving to do what we say we’ll do.
He says that we often use distractions to escape from discomfort, and dealing with the root cause of that discomfort is the key to mastering our distractability.
There’s definitely a common theme between this book, others I’ve reviewed on the podcast and the way we approach coaching…
How we think is indicative of the results we’re going to get.
So if you’re telling yourself you have poor self control or you don’t have any willpower, then that’s going to lead to you actually having less of those things.
Instead, you can try the thought that obstacles, internal triggers and distractions are just a part of the process of growing. And the way to get better is to learn, to stumble and to try again, making small adjustments as you go.
The book also gets deeper into the internal and external triggers that affect your destracability, willpower and how to focus on the inputs you can control (rather than the outcomes you can’t).
- Four common causes of distraction
- Questions to ask yourself when you’re experiencing discomfort
- How to use the “10 minute rule” to reflect and respond to distractions more intentionally
- How to plan your time based on your values and goals
- The thought I love to reframe a challenging day or week
Previous Episodes Mentioned:
Episode 57: Building a Reputation with Yourself with Meg Davis