CLEANING UP THE MENTAL MESS with Dr. Caroline Leaf

Episode #127: How to become indistractable & raise indistractable children + tips on how to correctly manage technology to improve mental health

February 6, 2020

Ever get the feeling the world is full of too many distractions? Research shows the ability to stay focused is a competitive advantage, in work and in life. However, in an age of ever-increasing demands on our attention, how do we get the best from technology without letting it get the best of us?

In this episode I interview bestselling author, lecturer and investor Nir Eyal on his new book Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Nir's writing on technology, psychology, and business, appears in the Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, TechCrunch, and Psychology Today.

In today’s episode I interview Nir on how technology has been designed to be addictive, how to break the addiction and become indistractble using his 4 step method, how to teach out children to be indsitractable and better manage technology, and why we need to stop blaming technology for all our mental health problems. 

Highlights from this episode:

7:30- How companies design technology and products to be addictive

15:06- Pros and cons of social media

23:41- The opposite of distraction is traction

26:25: How to schedule time so distractions can become tractions

33:20- how to hack back your time

44:14: How to raise indistractable children

 

For more info on Nir and to get his book visit: NirAndFar.com/Indistractable

Free schedule maker tool: https://nirandfar.com/schedule-maker/

Additional reading:

And distraction guide here: https://www.nirandfar.com/distractions/
Habits vs routines article here: https://www.nirandfar.com/habits/

Follow Nir on social media for more great tips:

Website - NirAndFar.com
 
 
Additional resources:
 
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