Late Nights with Trav and Los

Season 3 Trav & Los Premiere: Distractions Become Your Habits

Episode Summary

In this Season 3 Premiere and Finale: Trav & Los talk about what they've been up to since last episode and then dive deep into how your distractions usually end up becoming your habits.

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Welcome to the Late Nights with Trav and Los Season 3 Premier and Finale!

I’m Los, your host tonight and Tav is joining us as the listener proxy.

Discussion Points:

* Catch Up

* Los

* Company was acquired via a merger with a company called Twenty

* Our goal is to enable and enrich experiences by bringing people together in real life.

* Building out Los Montoya Design Co on the side

* Trav

* Little Music Boxes

* Topic

* Nir Eyal

* Nir Eyal is the bestselling author of Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, which drew on his years of experience in the video gaming and advertising industries. He has taught courses on applied consumer psychology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design and is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and at Fortune 500 companies. His writing on technology, psychology and business appears in the Harvard Business Review, the Atlantic, TechCrunch and Psychology Today.

* I want to more specifically talk about the thesis that “Being Indisctractable will be the skill of the future” around his forthcoming book “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life.”

* This is interesting to me and want to expand on it with you for two reasons:

* 1. We’ve talked about focus a bit in the previous seasons and

* 2. Out of anyone I know, you continue to demonstrate how “indistractable” you can get and accomplish some pretty rad creative endeavors.

* Distractions are the name of the game right now:

* Pings

* Knocks

* Emails

* Text Messages

* Social Media

* in a sense, our devices have “hijacked” our brains and it’s harder to disconnect from work in this interconnected world.

* Distractions aren’t your fault, but they are your responsibility. So, how do we equip ourselves to manage these distractions?

* So, what’s a distraction?

* It’s something that draws us away from what we want to do, whether it’s to accomplish a task at home or work, enjoy time with a loved one, or do something for ourselves.

* Distractions can become habits and we may be unable to sustain the focus required for creativity in our professional and personal lives.

* We are inundated by digital distractions.

* On the opposite side, we have Traction. Which is any action that moves us towards what we want. Actions done with intent. Traction is doing what you say you will do.

* So, what prompts us to “traction” or “distraction”?

* External triggers

* Cues from our environment that tell us what to do

* Internal triggers

* Cues that come from within

* How?

* We are going to walk through and discuss these points from the medium post. They are well worded and actionable:

1. Master Internal Triggers

2. Make time for traction


3. Hack back External Triggers

4. Prevent distraction with pacts


The world is split into two types of people: those who allow their attention and their lives to be manipulated by others, and those who proudly call themselves indistractable.