It’s the beginning of the new year and there are a lot of us out there planning to become better workers and humans. We reflect on our previous year and we make goals for the upcoming one. Some of those goals might be to work less, work smarter, or have a better work/life balance. This might include the goal of checking less email. It is not my goal, but I thought it was worth researching.

In my search to find a good quality podcast about time management and the best time to check your email, I kept coming across one man’s name – Nir Eyal. Who was this guy? Was he some master of email marketing?

Who is Nir Eyal?

All I wanted to do was get an easy 10-minute podcast about when you should check your email. Should we check it in the morning? Maybe during lunch? Is it productive to only check it once a day? Instead, Nir Eyal and the world Indestracble kept showing up in my episode suggestions.

After a quick Google search, it turns out Nir Eyal is an author with a best-selling book.

For most of my career I’ve worked in the video gaming and advertising industries where I learned, applied (and at times rejected) the techniques used to motivate and manipulate users. I write to help companies create behaviors that benefit their users while educating people on how to build healthful habits in their own lives.

About Nir Eyal
Nir Eyal at Conference (Wikipedia Commons)

I can get behind a guy like Nir. It came clear that I wouldn’t find a specific podcast on when to check emails, but I could find some quality information about having more time to check emails. It seemed like it would line up perfectly for some individual’s new year resolutions.

The Premise of $100 MBA Show

To be clear, there was a specific reason I picked this podcast and this episode – it was the shortest one available with an interview with Nir. I have not heard of The $100 MBA Show Podcast. To be truthful, the episode I sampled only included and intro and outro from the host Omar Zenhom. iTunes labeled the podcast as one of the best in 2014 – so it is obviously the real deal.

When to Check Email on Phone

The $100 MBA Show is an iTunes Best of 2014 podcast where you simply get better at business with our real business lessons from real entrepreneurs in the real world. Our show is the first of its kind with a unique format, delivering straight to the point, actionable lessons. These no fluff, episodes are packed with only the business building training you want. Lessons, concepts, examples and insights right out of our $100 MBA training and community. Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Forbes and INC. named The $100 MBA Show as one of the best business podcasts. But don’t take their word for it, give us listen and see for yourself.


Why Did I Pick a Podcast about Becoming Indistractable?

The guest teacher, Nir Eyal, makes great points during this episode. We all want to be more efficient and more present in our own lives. He discusses (briefly) how we can help ourselves overcome distractions.

  • Scheduling out your time with a free downloadable workbook
  • Traction and Distraction – what are they?
  • Triggers – External and Internal

The Podcast: The $100 MBA Show – How to Become Indistractable

It is a quick listen (like 20-minutes). Everything else featuring Nir was over an hour long. If you are like me, you just want to get a quick sample before you dive in and check out everything. This is a good start.

The MBA Show