This week’s must-reads: Minimize distraction by making tedious work tasks fun

Nir Eyal
2 min readSep 22, 2020

In my work as a behavioral designer, I come across important stories on how psychology influences our behavior. Every week, I share my round-up of the most important stories at the intersection of psychology, technology and business. I hope you enjoy them!

How to sleep like a caveman and wake up refreshed (Medium) The writer of this article began experimenting with ways to sleep like a caveman and it changed how he took care of himself.

A Framework to Quit Smoking (The Tinkerer) Quitting smoking is difficult and anybody who has tried knows that all it takes to relapse is a split-second of losing resolve.

This Lifehack Will Change Your Life — If You Can Stand It (Pocket Worthy) There is no app or device that will influence your life like this annoyingly simple guidance.

The Clocklike Regularity of Major Life Changes (The Atlantic) Transitions feel like an abnormal disruption to life, but in fact they are a predictable and integral part of it.

Minimize distraction by making tedious work tasks fun (TheNextWeb) Reimagining difficult work as fun could prove to be incredibly empowering.

What ‘The Social Dilemma’ misunderstand about social networks (The Verge) This new documentary explores the effect of smartphones and social networks on human behavior but leaves so much out.

Happy reading!

- Nir



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