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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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I didn't quite devour it, as one does with many books, in part because I wanted to do the challenges individually and give each chapter the requisite mental space to be fully digested. I'm glad that I did. While I've been listening to her podcast "Note to Self" for many years, and had intended to participate in the original Bored and Brilliant challenge week, I gave up on day two. I lacked the necessary motivation, perhaps because I wanted to know more, and more deeply, than Manoush was able to present during each day's short segment. (I've since discovered that this is because I'm a "questioner," as Gretchen Rubin describes it--you'll find her name and her own book as part of the advance praise on the back of the dust jacket.)
Giving us more information is exactly what this book is about. Manoush is an excellent thinker (and researcher) precisely because she does speak with so many brilliant and insightful individuals, and she brings all of that hard work and deep thought into this book. Having the opportunity to read the psychology behind each day's challenge was eye-opening and motivating for me.
This book is crucial for today's world, and I hope it becomes a seminal text when it comes to our relationship with technology. It is partially because Manoush is not a troglodyte that I respect her so much. As she quotes Greg McKeown in chapter 8, "technology makes a great servant but a poor master," and it is precisely for that reason that we must reclaim our time and recognize our devices as tools and not sentient beings clamoring for our attention.
Manoush lays out the path for a better relationship not just to technology, but also to the world around us. This book is absolutely worth reading (and slowly, so you have time to absorb its contents).
After listening to the book, I purchased a hard copy for my 14 year old daughter to read. Tech isn't going away. But we can can learn to best live with it and not become complete disconnected tech heads.
This book will help you see the impact that your phone has on your life, your sleep, your attention span, your relationships, and your happiness. It will give you the told that you need to reclaim your time, if you want.