Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self (Hardcover)

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Thoughtful, well written and researched. If you've ever thought "hey, I'm addicted to social media or my phone or a game..." and then picked up your phone (or sat at your computer) and looked at or played said thing anyway ... this book is for you. 

As I read this book, I found myself stopping. And thinking. And evaluating myself. The author suggests reading through once and then reading again with the intention of doing the activities (which are simple and few). It’s a great idea.

What I loved most is that the author focused on her research, and interviews, and then accented them with her own issues/actions/addictions. Bored and Brilliant is a fascinating look at how technology has taken over and a lesson in how we can use our favorite apps and programs with more intention. 

— Lindsey


"Bored and Brilliant shows the fascinating side of boredom. Manoush Zomorodi investigates cutting-edge research as well as compelling (and often funny) real-life examples to demonstrate that boredom is actually a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative. What's more, the book is crammed with practical exercises for anyone who wants to reclaim the power of spacing out - deleting the Two Dots app, for instance, or having a photo-free day, or taking a 'fakecation'."

--Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 NYT Bestseller The Happiness Project

"Bored and Brilliant is full of easy steps to make each day more effective and every life more intentional. Manoush's mix of personal stories, neuroscience, and data will convince you that boredom is actually a gift."

--Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better

It's time to move "doing nothing" to the top of your to-do list.

In 2015 Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, led tens of thousands of listeners through an experiment to help them unplug from their devices, get bored, jump-start their creativity, and change their lives. Bored and Brilliant builds on that experiment to show us how to rethink our gadget use to live better and smarter in this new digital ecosystem. Manoush explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, exploring how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process. Grounding the book in the neuroscience and cognitive psychology of "mind wandering" what our brains do when we're doing nothing at all--Manoush includes practical steps you can take to ease the nonstop busyness and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life. The outcome is mind-blowing. Unplug and read on.

About the Author

MANOUSH ZOMORODI is the host and managing editor of "Note to Self," "the tech show about being human," from WNYC Studios. Every week on her podcast, Manoush searches for answers to life's digital quandaries through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts. She has won numerous awards for her work including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781250124951
ISBN-10: 1250124956
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English