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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.

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

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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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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  • 29-11-2017

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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  • 08-10-2019

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-06-2019

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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  • The Coypu
  • 12-11-2017

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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  • Bashy
  • 01-08-2018

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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