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How to Maintain Focus and Filter Distractions


How to Maintain Focus and Filter Distractions

Teddy Daiell shares an article on managing distractions in today’s culture of uber-distractions.

In our fast-paced world brimming with distractions, staying focused on what truly matters can feel like an uphill battle. Thankfully, Nir Eyal’s book, “Indistractable,” offers practical strategies and tactics to regain control over our attention and boost productivity. Having recently devoured this insightful read, I’m excited to share its key takeaways and how they can positively impact our lives.

Creating Structured Time for What Matters: One of the fundamental principles highlighted in “Indistractable” is the importance of carving out recurring structured time for activities that align with our priorities and values. By actively scheduling crucial tasks such as work projects, personal growth, or quality time with loved ones, we ensure they receive the attention they deserve. This approach acts as a powerful forcing function, enabling us to measure our commitment to desired activities versus succumbing to distractions.

Distinguishing Distraction from Traction: Eyal introduces the concept of “distraction vs. traction”, which helps us categorize our behaviors based on whether they bring us closer to or further from our goals. Understanding this distinction is key to effectively managing our attention. By consciously identifying behaviors that serve as distractions, we can work towards minimizing or eliminating them, while embracing activities that align with our values and aspirations.

Managing Internal Triggers: Internal triggers, such as boredom, anxiety, or stress, often lead us to seek refuge in distractions. Eyal suggests employing mindfulness techniques and principles from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to manage these internal triggers effectively. By acknowledging and accepting these emotions without immediately seeking solace in distractions, we regain control over our attention and channel it towards more fulfilling pursuits.


Key points include:

  • Upgrading your digital environments
  • Managing external triggers
  • Mindfulness techniques


Read the full article, Becoming Indistractable, on LinkedIn.