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Bored and Brilliant Audiobook

Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self

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Publisher's Summary

This program is read by the author.

"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 the New York Times best seller The Happiness Project

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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    Cosmicganesha Sydney, Australia 19/09/2017
    Cosmicganesha Sydney, Australia 19/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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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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  • Victor
    18/10/17
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    "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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  • Jesse
    15/10/17
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    "Sorry nope."

    Basically a long rant about tech addiction.
    If you can’t stop playing candy crush, get the book. Or better, go to a doctor.
    As for the creative/brilliant side, not much info here. I feel somewhat bad leaving a bad review as the author seemed sincere and really into not checking Facebook or playing two dots.
    That said, if you have to much screen time turn off your screen. What else is there?

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  • Daniel Chappell
    10/10/17
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    "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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  • Shelly Christsensen
    KAYSVILLE, UT, US
    9/10/17
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    "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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  • Louisa Wolowiecki
    29/09/17
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    "Loved the book. great advice."

    Most memorable moment was about living life on the default settings, and how that's engineered to take advantage of us. the advice was very empowering.

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  • K J
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    28/09/17
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    "Love this NEED this"

    Helped me look honestly at my own behavior & addictive use of phone. Superb map for a way forward.

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  • Pongspat Sukhumalchandr
    25/09/17
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    "Great topic chosen by the author. Well excuted."

    End it in one listen. Pleasurable and Honest. Highly recommended for millennials and parents who are struggling with the youths and how to help them from the evitable future.

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