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Bored and Brilliant

How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self
Narrated by: Manoush Zomorodi
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Manoush Zomorodi (P)2017 Macmillan Audio

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"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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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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Aptly boring

The book is ok. But I think it's quite remarkable how much words are used for a rather simple idea.

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made me download two dots. ironically

a good easy lesson which is fun and informative and changed my behaviours.
try some of the challenges they do work.

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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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Essential listening. Fascinating insight into our broken world.

I already knew of this book having done the Bored challenges previously. The insights are invaluable and it is something to read repeatedly to remind yourself of why self control is required with regards to our digital lives.

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  • Chad
  • 02-06-18

Repackaged podcast segment

Learning self-mastery, mindfulness and so on are very valuable skills. I completely agree with that. And this 7-day challenge could be useful for poeple, especially those who are most addicted to their phones. The challenges are basically to let your phone rule your life less and not be afraid to take time to let your mind wander so you can come up with creative solutions. The challenges consist of things like going an entire day without taking pictures, or deleting an extremely addictive app.

Beyond that, I feel there isn't a lot to the book. In addition, this is basically just the content of a multi-episode podcast series the author had, put together into a single source and updated. Still, there isn't a lot of value add, although the author certainly tried (for example, having an interview with the creator of her favorite smartphone game).

It's ok, but not earth shattering. On the other hand, if the thought of going without your phone for a few hours fills you with dread, or you find yourself unable to hold a conversation with another human for a few minutes without playing on your phone, this could be a useful motivation to try a different approach. I'd advise trying to do the challenges with a group of people.

#NearFuture #RobotUprising #Heartfelt #FemaleProtagonist #Clever #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

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  • S. Patlolla
  • 26-07-18

Good for the First timers on the this topic!

I already listen to this topic on NPR and read few articles, so I bought this book. As I already knew the gist and punch lines, it gets lathargic!

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  • Victor
  • 18-10-17

Premise was good ie the title

But as someone who doesn’t play games, tweet, Snapchat or have my phone surgically attached, the admonition were overkill.

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  • Laura Terry
  • 03-07-18

Smart Listening

I am not a tech junkie, but I do teach in a university setting, and I was interested in learning valuable strategies for keeping my students engaged. I do see their anxiety level go up when I ask them to put their phone away during class (it's a four hour design studio), but now I have some really practical techniques for tipping the scale away from the virtual world and back to the real world...if only for a couple of hours each week. And, Manoush Zomorodi's narration is engaging and relatable.

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  • Leia Mitchell
  • 08-01-18

Live harmoniously with your technology!

I wasn't bored and book is brilliant. This was a great kickoff to 2018! I love that she isn't anti-technology. This book is all about creating harmony in a world where technology is evolving at a tremendous rate.

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  • Le Zaine
  • 07-01-18

Perfect!

Manoush tells us in a incredible way how technology is affecting our lives and now we can get free from all those this distractions to live a fulfilling life.
Great narration by the own author!

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  • Trey Hill
  • 31-10-17

The Book is Life Affirming

I absolutely loved & enjoyed the challenge at the heart of this book. It was a work that met me exactly where I was at in my personal life regarding technology and offered practical steps to take further control of my relationship with my phone while reinforcing some of what I’d come to on my own with a wealth of research.

The information is well organized which made it easy to follow along as an audio book. The anecdotes are highly engaging and Manoush’s performance made the whole concept very accessible.

I’m looking forward to buying the hard cover and transferring my notes to their pages and open up discussion with my family about ways we can all embrace some of these concepts in our home.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking to have a better command of or who is asking questions about their relationship with technology.

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  • Daniel Chappell
  • 10-10-17

phenomenal view of boredom

this book is well read, engaging, and really pulls thoughts together on why boredom is a good thing. A must read!

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  • annegoe
  • 30-08-19

I enjoyed this book!

The author gives practical advice and I found the studies interesting. I would recommend this book to my friends.

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  • Nicolas
  • 08-08-19

Boring

The book in one sentence:. Stopping or reducing gaming mobile apps and social media apps use can make you brilliant.