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Publisher's Summary

Harness your mind's innate tendency to wander, stall, rest, and unfocus and become more productive - in the boardroom, living room, or classroom.

To finish tasks and achieve goals, most people believe that more focus is the solution. We rely on to-do lists, calendar reminders, noise-blocking headphones, and sometimes medication to help us concentrate - even though these tactics often fail to substantially improve productivity. Drawing on the latest brain research, compelling stories from his psychological practice, and colorful examples of counterintuitive success from sports, business, education, and the arts, neuroscientist Srini Pillay, MD, challenges traditional ideas about productivity, revealing the lasting, positive benefits of adding deliberate and regular unfocus to your repertoire. A fascinating tour through brain wavelengths and rhythm, mind-sets, and mental relaxation, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try demonstrates how specific kinds of planned unfocus stimulate cognitive calmness, jumpstart productivity, enhance innovation, inspire creativity, improve long-term memory, and, of course, help you stay on target.

Tinkering with ideas and with things releases your mind to wander from a state of stuckness into a possibility frame of mind, triggering neural connections and new insights.

Dabbling in a new endeavor - whether a hobby or fantasy - disrupts your habitual and reactive thinking, helping you find new solutions to old problems.

Doodling can help you tap in to another brain frequency to remove obstacles and create opportunities and inspiration.

With techniques for training the brain to unfocus, concepts for scheduling busy lives, and ideas for controlling this new cognitive-toggling capability, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try will change how you think about daydreaming, relaxing, leaving work unfinished, and even multitasking. What you'll discover is a greater freedom, a deeper intelligence, and a more profound joy in your life.

©2017 Srini Pillay (P)2017 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pillay's effortless writing style, combined with an excellent balance of popular psychology and self-help, makes this a helpful read for those who enjoy a light dive into psychology with practical applications." (Library Journal)
"Pillay cites an intriguing range of brain studies to support his argument, and his case studies of individuals with whom he has worked provide useful insights." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Dr. Pillay's new book will help you create a new, fun, more playful destiny and unlock your brain's inner potential." (Daniel G. Amen, MD, coauthor of The Brain Warrior's Way)

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Fantastic insights from an expert

His extremely soothing voice at times helped me fall asleep, but overall this is a phenomenal book.

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Highly recommend!

Fantastic book! Fascinating, engaging and very playful. I can't wait to listen a second time.

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Great idea followed by...

Redundant. The idea is fresh-ish, but the delivery is so bad. So dry. Self-agrandizing. Sorry.

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  • vinny
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Scientific Spiritual KNOWLEDGE

The book explains the BRAIN in a spiritual yet scientific way it's is an amazing listen definitely worth listening to a few times if you aren't scientific this book is for the SKEPTIC and also for the BELIEVER