I’ve lost count of how many books on attention I’ve read over the years, yet still I struggle with putting my phone away.
This one is pretty middle of the road. It still feels a bit padded. There’s lessons here on running good meetings, being smart about group chats, and writing emails, none of which felt all the new to me. There’s also a number of very helpful “hacks”* to limit you phone, which, while helpful, also could have been a magazine article. Perhaps the most important idea in the book is the one Eyal starts with — that when we want to change an unhealthy behavior we need to look at the behaviors root cause. What’s the trigger that’s making you go for you phone? When you can start answering that, you can start solving the problem.
All in all, not the best book in this burgeoning genre, but not terrible either. For that, I’d suggest the works of Cal Newport, especially his latest, Digital Minimalism.
Recommended for the enthusiast.
* Can we please stop using this word for every type of human activity?