Bored and Brilliant by Manoush Zomorodi

Bored and Brilliant

Has your smartphone become your BFF? Do you feel bored when you're not checking Facebook or Instagram? Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, and explores how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive selves.In 2015, WNYC Studio's 'Note To Self' host Manoush Zomorodi led thousands of her listeners through a w...

Details Bored and Brilliant

TitleBored and Brilliant
Release DateSep 5th, 2017
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Science, Technology

Reviews Bored and Brilliant

  • Dannii Elle
    I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I can appreciate how this book would be invaluable to some readers but don't believe I was exactly the right audience. I believed this would deliver advice on creativity and the cultivation of it in life. Instead this was a guide on how to rely less on the distraction of your smart phone. Whilst I can see the benefit of this book I found this not to be an issue I had as I already restrict my s...
  • Lynn
    I did not like this book. The premise is that we can be more creative if we stop turning to social media when we are bored. The book was simplistic, poorly researched, and included no reference section, Even worse, the author, a "podcaster", reported her online project as if it was an experiment which it clearly is not. I also found the title to be a misnomer. The title implies that if you are bored you can be creative and brilliant. In fact, wha...
  • Jane
    I am very interested in the topic of phone use and overuse. I am not anti-technology (and neither is the author of this book), but I do find the overuse of phones by much of American society alarming. Zomorodi was definitely preaching to the choir with me as a reader.Zomorodi includes research to back up the idea that we are more creative when we allow ourselves to be “bored” and allow our minds to wander. I do not carry my smartphone around ...
  • Janelle
    “ consumers now spend an average of two hours and fifty-seven minutes each day on mobile devices.”Waiting in line to check out? Fire up Candy Crush. On your commute? Get caught up on blogs or YouTube vids. One laaaast round of checks on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter before the theater darkens for the movie previews. (And then another check when the lights come up to catch what you missed.)We have the option to never, ever be bored...
  • Jess Macallan
    I received an e-copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.I was interested in the premise of this book--the idea that by unplugging and purposefully allowing ourselves to be bored, we could benefit creatively and in other ways. I enjoyed the information--both studies and interviews with experts--that outlined our need for and addiction to technology, specifically our smartphones. I did the challenges outlined in the book, w...
  • Shan
    This is a simple, friendly book whose premise is that your life can be better if you give yourself a chance to get bored and do some daydreaming. In other words, put your phone away. It offers a week-long series of challenges, one per day, beginning with monitoring your baseline behavior and ending with a capstone exercise in which you use your newfound powers to make sense of your life and set goals. I recently started listening to the author's ...
  • Rosemary Rey
    I've been interested in figuring out how to focus and minimize the distractions that block me from my writing. I started out reading another book about deep focus and the ways to work without distraction. Both this book, Bored and Brilliant, and the other had one thing in common, technology. The cause of our problems is the enhanced technology we have access to. I didn't have a problem writing a paper in 1992 before the internet was introduced to...
  • B.P.
    This book was an excellent impetus for me to interrogate my relationship with my phone and other screens. I was able to critically reflect on how addicted I was/am to particular apps and technologies. I tried some of the challenges in the book designed to detach you from your phone baby. Very liberating. The point of the book is that we need to be bored (without stimulus) in order to generate ideas and solve problems. Learning to be away from my ...
  • Jennifer
    Manoush Zomorodi presents some insights into the ways modern life short-circuits creativity, as well as concrete steps to take to enhance creative energy by allowing boredom into our lives. I borrowed this one from the library, but I think I'll want my own copy eventually so I can try out her week of exercises for disconnecting and getting used to boredom.
  • Kathie
    This book came along at just the right time when I needed to take a break from all the negative news on social media. There are some excellent, practical solutions to help you limit, or break away from, your device, and I fully intend to use the challenges to help make some regular habits.
  • Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
    When very bored, your brain apparently goes into a "default mode" - that is when creativity and productivity is at it's best. The premise of this statement is that if you are not otherwise distracted, you can think more clearly (obviously) however, according to the study by Manoush Zomorodi, people nowadays are NEVER not distracted, primarily by their cell phones and other devices.In fact, she states that the only businesses that refer to their c...
  • Kaytee Cobb
    well researched and put together, convincing evidence for not letting our devices rule our lives. definitely interested in learning more about my phone usage especially and how to fully tune in in a world filled with digital distraction. heard about this one on the By the Book podcast.
  • Heather
    Loved this book! So timely. It reminded me of Cal Newport's most recent book, Deep Work except much more light hearted. I love Manoush's podcast Note to Self and this was a great extension of her work there.
  • Cait Flanders
    I'm not always a fan of research books, where the content mostly consists of facts/stories about other people. But this topic felt particularly relevant to where I'm at right now, so I loved Bored and Brilliant. Admittedly, I skimmed a few sections. However, there were also sections I wanted to highlight every second or third sentence of (and would have, if I hadn't borrowed my copy from the library). Grateful I also found the Note to Self podcas...
  • SundayAtDusk
    This book is an interesting and concise look at how technology, particularly cell phone usage, is greatly reducing the amount of time one’s wandering mind is daydreaming, coming up with highly creative ideas and “autobiographical planning”. If you’re doing stuff on your cell phone all the time, your mind can’t wander. Not good. Don’t imagine this is an anti-tech book, however. It most certainly is not. Manoush Zomorodi is obviously a ...
  • Emily
    Having listened to the Note to Self podcast semi-regularly for a while and having previously participated in the Bored and Brilliant challenge myself, I knew the basics of this book going in. The general idea is that we've gotten so used to filling up every single spare moment of our day with some sort of technology that we no longer know how to exist inside our own heads amidst our own thoughts without becoming lonely, uncomfortable, afraid, or ...
  • Abbey
    This marks the end of the first reading of this book. But note that it is far from the last.I think it's important to note that the title is a little misleading, though, in spite of challenging myself, I can't come up with a better, more descriptive title. The synopsis causes many people to believe that the book is anti-technology, and I can understand why, but it really isn't. It is about the mindful use of technology--being aware of how you're ...
  • Rebecca
    I heard this author interviewed by Brooke Gladstone on her On the Media, and decided to read it. I don't normally read "self help" books, but I think this is a good project that does not make over-blown claims. The book is built around a 7-step challenge to help people stop relying on their phones to kill time or get affirmation in daily life. She adds weight to the argument by referring to studies by various scholars who focus on social media, a...
  • Alex
    This book is brilliant and not at all boring! I've been so concerned about the role of technology in my life for a few years now. I was a fantastic, attentive student in middle school and then I got my first laptop. Since then it's been a slow process of losing my attention span. I also certainly blame addictive behavior to my phone and computer as compounding the effects of my depression before it was diagnosed.I've been listening to Note To Sel...
  • Whitney
    Have been a big fan of Zomorodi for years via Note to Self and listened to the podcast when she was doing the original Bored and Brilliant project, so we really excited to see a whole book filled with the back research on each piece of the project. Of course, had to listen via audio, and it was great. A short audiobook--5 hours--and she's so engaging I tried to listen in all my available time cracks. The title is a bit misleading, as it's not abo...
  • Katie
    I actually finished this book a few days ago because I hadn't yet completed the last task, but the library wants it back, so! I forget what made me put this on hold at the library. But as someone who used to be a non-stop daydreamer and is now a constant phone-gazer, the idea was inherently sort of interesting to me: that keeping our brains busy with tech at every waking hour decreases our ability to think creatively, problem-solve, and generally...
  • Sarah
    This read is a good reminder that I need to be more conscious of screen time and be deliberate in my use. As she states in the conclusion, it "forces the issue about something we feel in our gut." Not all of the exercises were useful for me. For example, I don't play games on my phone or Kindle. However, I did download the Space app to monitor my use. It's popped up and notified me if I've been scrolling too long on social media and then suggeste...
  • Ryan
    Here's what I want to do to decrease my phone time and get a little more bored during my day:1. keep my phone out of sight when talking face to face with someone. Not even in my pocket if possible, which may mean not having my phone on me at all times.2. Be aware when I'm mindlessly checking Facebook. It's not bringing me joy, so why do I do it so much?3. Run more often without and music or podcasts. I listen to these all day at work. Running can...
  • Brian
    (3.5) nice and short, specific actions to take, a little data and some good anecdotes.Want to get a group together to take the bored and brilliant challenge week! I have a head start not having fb on my phone (or really use it at all) and a strong aversion to twitter (though it was really helpful to find out what the heck was going on on Caltrain when things were late). Have deleted all past mildly addicting games and enjoyed the extra time readi...
  • Dina
    I enjoyed this a lot! I think it brought up a lot of things that we should be talking about (our relationship with technology, finding a balance and living smarter with our devices, etc). I am inspired to do the Bored and Brilliant challenge, for sure. I'm kind of excited to see whether this challenge will make me a happier/more productive person, or if the withdrawal from Tumblr will result in someone being hurt.
  • Rissie
    I read (listened to) this book, because I was trying to limit my phone usage. I was noticing that I picked it up a LOT, even when I didn't need to, or even want to. In that regard, this book was very helpful. It gave suggestions and challenges that helped me to use my phone more mindfully.After that, much of the advice in this book is based on two assumptions ...1. If you do not use your smartphone, you will be bored.2. If you are bored, you will...
  • Georgina
    Some good reminders in here about the importance of walking around without having the phone in our hand and what we lose when we are trying to squeeze too much "productive" activities into every minute of our days. I am going to try the different challenges to see how I feel and try to counteract the drained overtaxed feeling I have sometimes.At the same time I found the book a bit repetitive and did not add too much beyond what I had gleaned fro...
  • Sarah
    If you listen to this podcast and have for some time, the info in this book is mostly likely stuff you already know. Still worth reading, or listening to on audio like I did. HIGHLY recommend the audiobook read by Manoush. The book is well laid out and thoughtful, and is a good refresher for those who are Note to Self diehards, though I bet newbies would get even more out of it.