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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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  • Meryl
  • CUMBERLAND CENTER, MAINE, US
  • 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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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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Love this book

Easy to listen to. This information is great to hear and rehear so that we can move forward with technology as a tool in our lives. My best ideas have always come from walks in the woods.

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A great companion to the Ted Talk

Great reflection to remind us not to get carried away by the “busy bee” model. This books helps realize that we are self-sabotaging our creative potential by dedicating so much of our time to checking our phones, playing with apps or browsing the internet.

The narration is spot on, especially the discussion on the “two-dot” game. Great audiobook!


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Inspired by TED talk....

I was inspired when I saw Mannish Zomorodi's TED talk to get this book. After 3 chapters I started fast forwarding because there was SO MUCH DATA! And I guess that was what it was all about. Really, the TED talk was enough information for me to inspire me. But I'm glad I bought it, because it somehow rewarded the author for her work, even though it was too much detail and data for me. The premise is great.

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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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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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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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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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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • The Coypu
  • 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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  • Cosmicganesha
  • 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!