Yesterday was one of those unexpected seminal days. After a several month wait, I got a copy of Nir Eyal’s Indistractable from the public library.
While I was curious about it, I didn’t think it would be relevant to me. Wrong. Thus far, I’m astonished by how deeply his words resonate. I don’t have the kind of issues with my mobile that I see all around (e.g., pedestrians risking their lives, engrossed in their phones when crossing the street). And yet I have my own versions of what he labels a “curse” — that “we are compelled to reach for things we supposedly need but really don’t.” Also, while he blows right past meditation and mindfulness, his first few chapters are remarkably close to what the Buddha taught, i.e., suffering and the end of it.
By coincidence, a few hours later, I realized that the monthly practice I’d been planning for March no longer seemed a good fit. So I’m doing the obvious. Every day this month I’ll be reading Indistractable and finding ways to adapt Eyal’s strategies to my life.
Will I become indistractable? Decreasing such a deeply ingrained pattern seems an extremely hard nut to crack. And yet, he makes it sound possible. We shall see.