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“Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self” by Manoush Zomorodi

Have you noticed that your productivity and creativity have gone down?  Do you have problem staying focus on projects at home or at work? Do you find yourself constantly interrupting your reading, or other things, to check your email, messages, Facebook, and other social media? Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s popular podcast and radio show Note to Self, conducted an experiment with thousands of listeners to help them get bored,  reclaim their lives, and boost their creativity.  How?  By suggesting ways to have better control on the time they spend on their phones and other devices.

“Bored and Brilliant” is based on that experiment.  It offers a well-researched approach based on neuroscience and cognitive psychology and incorporates challenges at the end of each chapter, followed by testimony of everyday people.

I listened to the audiobook edition, read by the author, and I found it very pleasant, as well as informative.  I now find myself being more aware and selective about the time I spend on my phone, and I moved “TO DO NOTHING” as one as my daily priorities.  If you’d like to improve your attention span and let your mind wandering to more creative spheres, this book is for you.  It is also a great conversation-starter on a subject that applies to all.

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