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Bored and Brilliant

By Manoush Zomorodi
Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi digital book - Fable

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"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 New York Times 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, creator 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.

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“There were parts of this book I enjoyed quite a bit, but I also felt as though the title was a bit misleading. The concept (as I understood it) of this project was that, in order to be our most creative selves and to come up with our best and most 'brilliant' ideas, we need to be bored and let our minds wander. However, the majority of this book wasn't about that at all. She didn't really discuss how much more creative she, or anyone else who participated in this project, had become when she allowed herself to go without technology. The book was mostly about how bogged down we've all become by our smart phones and how we don't notice the small things around us anymore. She talked about how we take too many selfies and play too many mobile games and scroll through too much Facebook (all of which I agree with, to an extent), but not about how backing off from that makes our lives more CREATIVE. The testimonies from people who had participated in her project were a lot of things along the lines of 'now that I don't spend 15 hours a day playing Candy Crush, I feel better about myself', etc. (Okay I made that up, but you get the idea!) I didn't, however, read any stories of anyone writing the next best selling novel, painting a new masterpiece, or solving an impossible scientific equation. I did take some issue with the constant drilling about how we need to back off our tech. Because although the book claims NOT to be anti-tech, and the author admits to her own vices involving her phone, it mentions over and over again how we waste our lives on social media and mobile gaming. Maybe if there had been a bit of that 'brilliance' brought up here, it would have made sense. That's what I signed on for with this book, right? But instead it ended up just feeling like a book about how smart phones are bad, and not much else. I do realize that the author's intention is not for anyone to put their phones aside for GOOD, but only to be aware of how much time they spend with their phone each day and how it affects their lives. This would be a good thing for everyone to be aware of, especially as it gets in the way of face to face communication. However, modern technology has also done some amazing things for me in recent years. I don't play mobile games often, and I'm sure I spend too much time looking at Facebook, like most people. Personally, though, my smart phone has made my LDR significantly more manageable than going without. Being able to send snaps, use messenger, show each other favorite Instagram posts and Pinterest items, and even like each other's Goodreads updates make the distance easier. A few years ago, without my smart phone, I don't know that we could make this work the way we do now. So although I can see the value of "unplugging" and paying attention to the world around us, I have no intention of putting my smart phone aside in the near future.”

About Manoush Zomorodi

MANOUSH ZOMORODI is the creator of WNYC's podcast Note to Self and the co-founder of Stable Genius Productions, a media company with a mission to help people navigate personal and global change. StableG uses podcasts as a lab to test new ways journalists can educate, entertain, and inspire through narrative. Investigating how technology is transforming humanity is Zomorodi's passion and expertise.

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