Nir Eyal

Why People See Problems Where There Are None

Nir Eyal

Our baseline dissatisfaction is what motivates us, but we must harness it correctly. Do you often experience a strange malaise, that feeling of blah-ness you can’t quite explain? The good news is you’re not alone.

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Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

Nir Eyal

Humans have an evolutionary need to be challenged—to feel discomfort. We may not enjoy whatever discomfort we expose ourselves to in the moment—be it a physical, mental, or spiritual hardship—but doing so is key to personal growth and even just plain contentment.

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You Don’t Need a Mentor. You Need a Buddy.

Nir Eyal

When you’re struggling to achieve your personal or professional goals, do you ever wish you could speak with a famous mentor? If only you could connect with a super successful business leader like Jeff Bezos or Meg Whitman, then you’d have the answers you’re looking for.

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If You Don’t Plan Your Time, Someone Else Will

Nir Eyal

Most people are stingy with their money and generous with their time. We cut coupons, split checks, and debate whether we should buy a 99-cent app. However, when it comes to our time and attention, we give it away to anyone who wants it without thinking twice.

What Not to Do When Onboarding Your Customer

Speaker: Jamie Bernard, Senior Product Manager and Product Management Practice Lead at Nexient, an NTT Data Company

In this webinar, you will learn principles and practices to simplify your customers' onboarding experience

Best Productivity Tools: 6 That Stuck With Me

Nir Eyal

Since writing Indistractable, I’m often asked what tools and apps I personally use to get the most out of my day. But after years of research into the psychology of productivity, focus, and the causes of distraction, I’ve learned that there is no one magic tool.

Can Someone with ADHD be ‘Indistractable’?

Nir Eyal

Does my book Indistractable work for the ADHD brain? It’s a question I’ve been getting a lot lately. Though I didn’t specifically write the book for people with ADHD, I wanted to get an honest opinion from an expert.

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Don’t Write About What You Already Know — Instead, I’m “Writing To Learn”

Nir Eyal

For me, writing is a wonderful way to go deep on a problem I’m struggling with. As my friend and fellow author, Gretchen Rubin told me, “Research is me search.” When I’m struggling with one thing or another, my first step is to think through the problem myself.

Surprise! There’s a Right Way to Multitask

Nir Eyal

Everyone knows that multitasking destroys productivity, right? Haven’t we all seen studies and read articles telling us that it’s impossible to do two things at once? In some ways, that’s true. Lucky for you, I developed a method to multitask the right way. I call it “multichannel multitasking.”.

The 4 Steps to Becoming Indistractable

Nir Eyal

Overcoming distraction is the struggle of our time. Here are 4 simple steps to manage your wandering mind. The post The 4 Steps to Becoming Indistractable appeared first on Nir and Far. Distraction

The Executive's Guide to Empathy-Driven ROI

In this guide from UserTesting, learn why empathy is at the heart of your organization's success, and how to promote a more customer-centric culture that's constantly testing its products, services, and messaging to ensure a strong connection with customers.

Why It’s So Hard to Shake the Way People Make You Feel

Nir Eyal

Good or bad, our feelings color how we see people. In psychology, a “trapped prior” is a perception of reality that’s colored, or trapped, by past experiences. If not treated, trapped priors can turn into debilitating phobias.

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How to Survive in a World of Information Overload

Nir Eyal

We live in a world of too much information, and it’s nothing less than a blessing. Throughout most of human history, access to knowledge was limited. Power equated to how much information you had access to. Kings built great libraries, and texts were rare and valuable things.

How to Tame Your Wandering Mind and Actually Get Some Work Done

Nir Eyal

You have a big deadline looming, and it’s time to hunker down. But every time you start working, you find that, for some reason, your mind drifts off before you can get any real work done. What gives? What is this cruel trick our brains play on us, and what do we do about it?

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Habits Are Overrated

Nir Eyal

These days, when someone says they want to form a “habit,” what they often mean is that they want to make drudgery effortless. That is, they don’t want to actually do the work, rather they want to have done it—past tense. The trouble is, trying to build a habit is often a self-defeating trap.

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Process, Product, and Profitability: Everything You Need to Know

Speaker: Michael Cardy - Red Hat Chief Strategist, Jason Tanner - CEO of Applied Frameworks, and Mike Mace - VP of Market Strategy at UserTesting

Join us to learn how companies mitigate risks through usability testing and real-time qualitative feedback from customers to efficiently launch and develop digital products.

Planning Ahead Is the Key to Living With More Spontaneity

Nir Eyal

It seems counterintuitive, but spontaneity can’t happen without a bit of advanced planning. Only people with spare time can be spontaneous. The post Planning Ahead Is the Key to Living With More Spontaneity appeared first on Nir and Far. Creativity

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The Time Management Technique That Can Work For Anyone

Nir Eyal

Too often, people eschew a method of bettering their life by naming the reasons it won’t work for them. For most people, it’s not that timeboxing doesn’t work for them — it’s that they’re scared of it. The post The Time Management Technique That Can Work For Anyone appeared first on Nir and Far.

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How a Morning Brain Dump Helps You Stay on Track All Day

Nir Eyal

Even when something is weighing on your mind, taking a minute to write it out can help you get the most out of your day. Here’s how. The post How a Morning Brain Dump Helps You Stay on Track All Day appeared first on Nir and Far. Distraction

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How to Prevent Burnout Using Timeboxing

Nir Eyal

A 2021 Indeed survey shows 52% of 1,500 American respondents say they feel burned out, compared with 43% the year prior; 67% believe that burnout worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s not surprising. The post How to Prevent Burnout Using Timeboxing appeared first on Nir and Far.

The Top 5 Business Outcomes Companies Can Achieve From Monitoring Consolidation

In this eBook, learn what the top five business outcomes are that organizations see when leveraging Datadog's end-to-end monitoring tool.

How the Ancient Greeks Beat Distraction

Nir Eyal

Distractions seem ubiquitous today, but they’ve always been a part of human life, even going back to Greek mythology. Here’s how to resist them. The post How the Ancient Greeks Beat Distraction appeared first on Nir and Far. Distraction

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The Key to Behavior Change is Identity Change

Nir Eyal

One of the most effective ways to change your behavior is to change your identity. I don’t mean joining the CIA or a witness protection program, or adopting an alter ego. I mean, rather, changing the way you see yourself.

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How Products Shape Our Mindsets and Change Our Reality

Nir Eyal

When I first started using the Strava app, my weekly running mileage skyrocketed. Nothing had changed other than my perception of how much running was “enough.” Lots of people in my feed were clocking 40 to 60 miles a week, and suddenly my 20-mile weekly average seemed negligible.

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Why You’re Never Going to Be Satisfied With Life

Nir Eyal

Why are we perpetually restless and unsatisfied? The truth is, we’re not wired to feel content or satisfied. Here's why that's a good thing. The post Why You’re Never Going to Be Satisfied With Life appeared first on Nir and Far. Introspection

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How Collecting and Managing the Voice of the Customer Will Strengthen Your Product

Product teams strive to incorporate customers’ needs in everything they build, but this can’t be done without clear strategy, processes, and feedback loops in place. In this eBook, you'll learn how to build a robust voice of the customer program.

How to Get a Friend to Put Away Their Phone Without Being a Jerk

Nir Eyal

Are we ever exclusively in our friends’ company? Our phones are almost assuredly present and ready to interrupt us with a poorly timed notification. Who hasn’t seen a friend divert their attention, mid-conversation, to reflexively check their phone?

Are We Really Having Fun at Bars or Just Escaping Reality?

Nir Eyal

For many people, bars and booze serve as the original Tinder or Grinder, a socially acceptable way to shop for a mate. But not everyone in a bar is on the prowl. Some will tell you they go out for drinks to just unwind and have fun. That’s certainly true, but is there a deeper reason?

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One Question to Help You Get More Done

Nir Eyal

It was 9 a.m. and Wendy, a freelance marketing consultant, knew exactly what she needed to do for the next hour: be in her office chair to write new client proposals, the most important task of her day.

How to Escape the Vicious Cycle of Distraction

Nir Eyal

You have time for everything, even if it doesn’t feel that way. People are always saying “there aren’t enough hours in the day” to get stuff done. And yet research suggests that the average working American has four hours of leisure per day.

Better Learning, Better Results: A Guide for Product and Project Leaders

Continuous improvement is the differentiator that can drive your team to the next level. Download our 4-step guide to collaborative learning and position your team for success.

Steal These 3 Advertising Secrets–To Use As Motivation Hacks

Nir Eyal

You can create some powerful motivation hacks by learning techniques from the persuasion business. The reason why you hate being micromanaged by your boss is the same reason why, as a kid, you refused to put your coat on when your mom told you to bundle up.

The Pursuit of ‘Flow’ Is Overrated

Nir Eyal

The idea of flow is considered by many to be the epitome of productivity. Also known as “being in the zone” or “hitting your stride,” flow captivates us with its promise of becoming so absorbed in what we’re doing that we tackle tasks effortlessly. That magical zone is great when you can find it.

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The Real Reason Why You Sabotage Your Own Goals

Nir Eyal

The post The Real Reason Why You Sabotage Your Own Goals appeared first on Nir and Far. Motivation

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Getting Over FOMO, the Fear of Missing Out

Nir Eyal

FOMO, the "fear of missing out,” refers to the feeling of “anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere.”

Product Market Fit: A Lesson from Sephora’s Head of Product

Speaker: Sneha Narahalli - VP, Head of Product at Sephora

In this webinar, Sneha Narahalli, Head of Product at Sephora (Digital, Data & MarTech), will give you an iterative method for identifying and developing Product Market Fit.

Tame Daily Distractions With a ‘Precommitment Pact’

Nir Eyal

The post Tame Daily Distractions With a ‘Precommitment Pact’ appeared first on Nir and Far. Distraction

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Timeboxing: The Most Powerful Time Management Technique You’re Probably Not Using

Nir Eyal

The post Timeboxing: The Most Powerful Time Management Technique You’re Probably Not Using appeared first on Nir and Far. Time Management

Stop Thinking About Your Bad Habits! [Do This Instead.]

Nir Eyal

The post Stop Thinking About Your Bad Habits! [Do Do This Instead.] appeared first on Nir and Far. Habits

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The 6 Books That Paved My Career as a Behavioral Designer and Bestselling Author

Nir Eyal

I’m surprised I ended up an author. I’m dyslexic, English is not my first language, and writing was always my worst subject in school. Just as surprising as my unlikely path are the mix of books that got me here.

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Modernizing Workloads with the Cloud: How to Improve Performance & Reduce Costs

In this eBook, you’ll learn how to migrate workloads to Azure and optimize performance for your serverless and containerized applications in Azure.