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Title:
Bored and brilliant : how spacing out can unlock your most productive and creative self
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.

©2017
ISBN:
9781250124951
Physical Description:
vii, 192 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
General Note:
Includes index.
Contents:
The case for boredom -- What we talk about when we talk about boredom -- Digital overload -- Out of sight -- Making memories -- App addled -- Doing the deep work -- Reclaiming wonder -- Wander away -- You are brilliant.
Abstract:
"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."--Dust jacket flap.
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Summary

Summary

" 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.


Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Zomorodi, host of the WNYC podcast Note to Self, issues a paradoxically lively treatise on the benefits of boredom. In 2015 she asked her listeners to rethink their relationship to their digital devices, issuing a week-long challenge to reclaim time to "space out" and embrace boredom as a productive state of mind. Feedback from the 20,000 participants in the challenge is featured here, as well as Zomorodi's illuminating discussion of boredom's history as a concept. She cites research by social scientists and psychologists throughout in support of her belief that unplugging, disconnecting, and getting "bored" fosters creativity. Zomorodi outlines a reasonable, easily implemented program for improving "your capacity for boredom," consisisting of seven steps. The first six are: (1) track your digital habits, (2) eschew media while walking or driving, (3) have a day when you don't take any pictures, (4) delete the app you think you can't live without, (5) take a "fakecation" (go to the office but do not reply to electronic messages), and (6) choose one thing in your environment to observe in depth. Step seven consists of advice on putting your newfound sense of boredom to work. Zomorodi's engaging and provocative presentation will appeal to her established fans and also draw new ones. Agent: Stuart Krichevsky, Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

In 2015, Zomorodi challenged listeners to her podcast and radio show, Note to Self, to rediscover the lost art of boredom by assessing and altering their relationship to technology and devices which mostly meant unplugging them to spark creativity. Unexpectedly, thousands of listeners took the challenge, and although they didn't all instantly turn into creative geniuses, the majority of them felt a resulting positive impact. Bored and Brilliant relates many of the challenge-takers' experiences and instructs readers in completing the challenge themselves. Each section presents a task, like deleting your biggest time-suck app, and includes Zamorodi's interviews with experts in related fields, like psychology and gaming. Thus Zamorodi shows the importance of each task while also making the case for doing nothing. It all adds up to a breezy and engaging book that is a little philosophy and a lot self-help. This could do for unplugging what Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up (2014) did for decluttering.--Sexton, Kathy Copyright 2017 Booklist


Table of Contents

Introduction: The Case for Boredomp. 1
1 What We Talk About When We Talk About Boredomp. 15
2 Digital Overloadp. 33
3 Out of Sightp. 55
4 Making Memoriesp. 73
5 App Addledp. 85
6 Doing the Deep Workp. 111
7 Reclaiming Wonderp. 133
8 Wander Awayp. 149
9 You Are Brilliantp. 167
Acknowledgmentsp. 183
Indexp. 185