How to Get Unhooked and Become Indistractable


It’s rare I share productivity and time management podcasts. Mainly because the tactics are all very similar.

But I included this episode of Can I Pick Your Brain? because it’s good to have an occasional reminder of the core to getting stuff done.

You’ll get some helpful tips from Nir Eyal to build some defenses against distractions. And he knows what he’s talking about – Nir worked in video games and advertising where he used psychological tactics to distract you.

3 lessons…

  • Devices and their apps are *designed* to distract you. They are literally out to get you –  playing games, checking every ding, scrolling aimlessly, watching cat videos, etc.
  • But, there’s nothing wrong with spending time on social media, Netflix, YouTube. As long as you do it with intent. On your terms, understanding the opportunity cost.
  • If you don’t plan your day, you’ll never beat distraction. A todo list is only the start – you got to schedule everything you’re going to do into your calendar.

How frustrating is it when you set yourself tasks to do for the day but find yourself constantly being distracted? Social media notifications, Scrolling through Facebook, Checking email obsessively, Binging on Netflix?
Well, my guest today has written the book that will help you gain back control of your attention and ultimately choose the way you want to live your life.
Nir Eyal worked in the video gaming and advertising industries where he learned and applied the techniques used to motivate and manipulate users.
Today he is the author of HOOKED and INDISTRACTABLE – helping companies create behaviors that benefit their users while educating people on how to build healthful habits in their own lives.
Prepare to get hooked as Nir shares:
* How to hack back your attention
* Why productivity tactics and detox methods are not enough
* How to master both internal and external triggers
* The 4 steps to gaining control of your time
* The time-boxing method
And much more …
Resources & Links:
* Book:
* Schedule making tool:
* Distraction guide:
* The Self Help Addict (My book)
* Gefen Media Group Podcast Booking Agency
* PodBooker – Podcast Guest Booking Platform

Did you enjoy this episode? Then please subscribe to my podcast on iTunes, so you can get automatic updates whenever another episode goes live and a 5 star rating would make my day 🙂