302: Nir Eyal, part 1: Make yourself Indistractable

March 9, 2020 by Joshua
in Podcast

I met Nir Eyal at a podcast recording of Will Bachman, who long ago hosted me on his podcast (see links below).

Nir recently publish a book, Indistractable, about how to keep focused. A lot of people ask me how I do so much. I don’t feel I do, but if so, maybe I qualify as someone who achieves. Indistractable gave me tools to focus and achieve more with less distraction.

In fact, I’m writing now and recorded then despite feeling like I wanted to surf the net but used a technique from the book to focus.

I wanted to hear how his research and techniques on personal action would connect to environmental action, which we started to talk about (I liked to Will’s episode so you can hear Nir at length about the book).

Nir showed one of this podcast’s more dramatic transitions from skeptical, abstract environmental discussion to enthusiastic action. I appreciate his openness to reconsider since I read him as starting with set environmental views, but let himself look at it from a new perspective, including acting. I read his thank you at the end as sincere and, I suspect, the start of something new.

As a spoiler alert, he emailed me less than 24 hours after we recorded that he acted on his commitment. Listen to hear his commitment beyond most people’s.

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