• Bored and Brilliant

  • How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self
  • By: Manoush Zomorodi
  • Narrated by: Manoush Zomorodi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Release date: 09-05-17
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio
  • 4.4 (83 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An AudioFile Magazine Earphones Award Winner
This program is read by the author.
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. In this fascinating new audiobook, 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 her arguments 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.
©2017 Manoush Zomorodi (P)2017 Macmillan Audio
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Critic Reviews

"In this spirited exploration of our relationship with technological devices, Zomorodi's melodic voice beckons and inspires listeners to develop a deeper understanding of how tech devices affect our potential...Zomorodi persuasively conveys her compelling points on the need for reflection to make room for enlightenment in this age of technological overload." (AudioFile)
"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 number one NYT best seller The Happiness Project)
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By Meryl on 11-30-17

Bringing Back "Spacing Out"

We're such a doing, doing, doing world. When I stand on a line at our local bagel shop or I'm waiting for a flight in an airport, I look around and notice that so few people are just waiting anymore. Most are looking so busy and important on their mobile devices. It's almost illegal to just wait patiently. It kind of reminds me of when I worked retail a thousand years ago and it was important to my supervisor that I look "busy" so I would fold and unfold the same sweater just to appear to be working.
What I love about this book is that I am given permission to space out, chill, enjoy just people watching, even hope that the next person in line will want to strike up a conversation with me. I was feeling guilty just spacing out not "doing" anything. The mobile device is like a little fence built around each individual. With a keep out sign. Imagination is back in vogue. I celebrate this.
I am so happy to read about others wanting to set their phones aside to mind wander, share in person, connect and create again. Really, profound things happen. Manoush Zomorodi is on to something. She's done an amazing job with the concept that our mobile devices are taking up too much space in our brains to be spacey.

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By Shelly Christsensen on 10-09-17

great read especially in this day in age

I loved it! I definitely have had my struggles of finding myself giving myself too much time in my phone. this is a great book to give you the baby steps to reorganize your life and productivity. Manoush does an incredible job at reading, her voice has a great enthusiasm and keeps you actively listening!

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By Amazon Customer on 11-29-17

Was expecting more

Was really expecting more form this book as I watched podcast with author on YouTube which I found more interesting then the book.

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By The Coypu on 11-12-17

Excellent, thoroughly researched must read/listen!

Manoush Zomorodi is an excellent journalist, a great podcaster, but above all, she has a great thinker. Once again, she brings her authenticity to the table

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By Cosmicganesha on 09-19-17

Highly recommend!

This is a fantastic book that has really got me thinking about how best to take back control of my digital life and gadget use. I've been using my iPhone in a completely unconscious way and hearing all the information in the book has really woken me up! Although.... I'm writing this review (head down in my phone) whilst walking my dog on a beautiful sunny day next to Australia's most famous beach, Bondi Beach. I think I have a long way to go! This book is a great start though. Manoush's narration is brilliant too!

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