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How to be Indistractable?

How to be Indistractable?

The root cause of all of our behaviors is the desire to relieve discomfort. Distraction is an unhealthy escape from reality. If we want to master distraction, we must learn to deal with discomfort. 


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“Even when we think we’re seeking pleasure, we’re actually driven by the desire to free ourselves from the pain of wanting.”



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The Keys to Controlling Your Attention

The Keys to Controlling Your Attention

Step #1 — Expand your internal triggers.

Step #2 — Make more time for traction.

Step #3 — Eliminate external triggers. 

Step #4 — Pacts to prevent distractions.


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Step #1 — Expand your internal triggers.

Four psychological factors make satisfaction temporary:

  • Boredom
  • Negativity bias
  • Rumination
  • Hedonic adaptation

The following four steps help handle intrusive thoughts:

  • Look for the emotion preceding distraction;
  • Write down the internal trigger;
  • Explore the negative sensation with curiosity instead of contempt; and
  • Be cautious during liminal moments. 


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“Distraction, it turns out, isn’t about the distraction itself; rather, it’s about how we respond to it.”

― Nir Eyal, Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life



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Step #2 — Make more time for traction.

The most effective way to make time for traction is through timeboxing: Deciding what you’re going to do, and when you’re going to do it. 

  • Focus on inputs - not outcomes
  • Schedule time for you
  • Schedule time for important relationships
  • Sync your schedule with stakeholders at work


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“Timeboxing enables us to think of each week as a mini-experiment. The goal is to figure out where your schedule didn’t work out in the prior week so you can make it easier to follow the next time around.”



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Step #3 — Eliminate external triggers.

Cues in our environment like rings from devices and interruptions from other people frequently take us off track. That’s why we should defend our focus.


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Hack Back Email and Chat

Hack Back Email and Chat


  • Reduce the number of messages received.
  • Schedule office hours, delay when messages are sent, and reduce time-wasting messages from reaching your inbox.
  • Spend less time on each message.
  • Label emails by when each message needs a response. Reply to emails during a scheduled time on your calendar.


  • Use it like a sauna (in and out quickly)
  • Schedule it on your timeboxed calendar
  • Be picky with who is in the group chat (the fewer people the better)
  • Use it selectively (opt for in-person when mood, tone, and nonverbal signals add critical context)


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Hack Back Meetings

Hack Back Meetings

Require two things of anyone who calls one.

  • First, meeting organizers must circulate an agenda of what problem will be discussed. No agenda, no meeting.
  • Second, they must give their best shot at a solution in the form of a brief, written digest.


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Hack Back Your Smartphone

Hack Back Your Smartphone

  • Remove apps you don’t need
  • Replace apps with desktop equivalents or other objects (watch, alarm clock, etc)
  • Rearrange apps to show tools and hide slot machines
  • Reclaim notifications - be very selective regarding which apps can push notifications
  • Reward walks or exercise with online articles (text to speech)


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Hack Back Your Desktop

Hack Back Your Desktop

  • Remove clutter from view
  • Use Instapaper or Pocket. Never read an article in the browser.
  • Use FB news feed eradicator, DF Tube, Open twitter notifications directly instead of starting with the main feed


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Step #4 — Pacts to prevent distractions.

  • Effort pact prevents distraction by making unwanted behaviors more difficult to do. Apps like SelfControl, Forest, and Focusmate can help you make effort pacts.
  • Price pact is a type of precommitment that involves putting money on the line to encourage us to do what we say we will. Stick to your intended behavior, and you keep the cash, but get distracted, and you forfeit the funds.
  • Identity pact is a precommitment to a self-image. You can prevent distraction by acting in line with your identity.


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In the future, there will be two kinds of people in the world: those who let their attention and lives be controlled and coerced by others and those who proudly call themselves “indistractable.”


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