Articles by Nir Eyal
Three steps to get up to speed on any subject quickly
You have just a few days to learn everything there is to know about a subject you know nothing about. Now what?
Distinction bias: Why you make terrible life choices
Research on brain function and the science behind distinction bias can help explain why we often make terrible life choices.
Your ability to focus has probably peaked: Here’s how to stay sharp
Removing distraction is important to maintain our focus, but we also need to boost our capability to concentrate on one task at a time.
When distraction is a good thing
Digital distractions — social media, video games, puzzles, television shows, podcasts, and sports — can build strength, skills, knowledge, and self-efficacy or serve as temporary escape from an uncomfortable reality. Figuring out which it is can help you be more productive.
Can’t kick a bad habit? You’re probably doing it wrong
By slowly ratcheting up what you don’t do, you invest in a new identity through your record of successfully dropping bad habits from your life. Over time, it adds up to a whole new you.
How to regain focus at work by slaying the messaging monster
Tips and tricks for increasing your productivity by decreasing your messaging obsession.
Confirmation bias: Why you make terrible life choices
'Learning and understanding how confirmation bias works gives you the opportunity to compensate for its downsides and make more rational decisions.'
Happiness hack: One ritual that made me much happier
For maximum happiness, friendships need to be maintained by actually physical proximity, not social media.
5 ways to take a work break — and none include your phone
The next time you need to take a break at work, choose an activity that is restorative so you feel refreshed and more prepared to tackle the rest of your day. Here are the top nine.