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Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self Hardcover – September 5, 2017
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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 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
“If you’ve ever felt overwhelmed by the technology in your life, ‘Note to Self’ host Manoush Zomorodi totally gets you.”― Tech Times
“She has almost the perfect mix of enthusiasm, heart, journalistic introspection, and thoughtfulness in her pursuits of many of the technological dilemmas that plague us.”― Reluctant Habits
“On her show, she interviews a range of people about the impact of technology and how to best integrate it with off-line lives…over time, both she and society have re-evaluated the wisdom of multitasking, especially when toggling between work and family.”― The New York Times
ABOUT NOTE TO SELF...
“A funny, engaging, highly relatable show about technology and our personal lives.”― Xconomy, Best Podcasts of 2015
“The show is geek meets everyday life, making it accessible to techies and noobs alike.”― Make Use Of
“If you’ve been struggling to make sense of the stories about super-secretive cellular surveillance tech used by cops and governments... ‘Note to Self’ podcast does the best job I’ve yet seen (heard) of explaining them.”― Boing Boing
“The show is full of useful tips for managing your interactions with technology so that you don’t feel like you’re too wrapped up in it to experience the real world.”― Tech Times
ABOUT THE BORED AND BRILLIANT PROJECT...
“Deeply intelligent and perfectly germane feature from WNYC…rarely has a conversation about boredom been less boring. I found it more thrilling than ‘Serial’ because, frankly, it was of more universal import.”― Newsweek
“By the time the episode was over, my brain was fully on and feeling inspired.”― Business Week
“The feedback loop ― from newsletter to podcast and then back again to the newsletter ― makes the audience a key part of the campaign...this ends up making them feel more invested in the success of both the project and the show. It’s pretty brilliant.”― Poynter
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. Manoush is the author of Bored and Brilliant and Camera Ready.
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Good book for class or book group to discuss
Made me think about the role I want my smart phone to play in my life