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How To Ditch Your Distractions Once and For All

Either you schedule your time, or your time will be scheduled for you.


Episode Notes

There’s one thing that all of Helena’s personal projects have in common: they remain unfinished. The family photo album is empty, as is her mom’s recipe book. And the lavender garden is still unplanted. Helena is not lazy. In fact, she’s a busy lawyer who has no problem finishing tasks at the office. But she’s also a busy mother raising a family, and free time is hard to come by. So how can Helena banish her distractions? On this episode of How To!, the first in a two-part series on time management, we talk to Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable: How To Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life. Nir used to be just as distracted as Helena, but then he figured out some tricks to break free from his stray thoughts. He explains why procrastination isn’t a sign of laziness, it’s a sign of discomfort. And why it’s more important to address your feelings than silence your push notifications.

If you liked this episode, check out: “How To Stop Procrastinating” and make sure to tune in next week to learn how to set the perfect deadline.

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Podcast production by Derek John, Rachael Allen, Margret Kelly, and Rosemary Belson.


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