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

21,000+ Reviews has the highest-rated customer service of any bookstore in the world
Product Details
$19.00  $17.67
Picador USA
Publish Date
5.4 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.4 pounds

Earn by promoting books

Earn money by sharing your favorite books through our Affiliate program.

Become an affiliate
About the Author
MANOUSH ZOMORODI is the creator of WNYC's podcast Note to Self and the co-founder of Stable Genius Productions, a media company with a mission to help people navigate personal and global change. StableG uses podcasts as a lab to test new ways journalists can educate, entertain, and inspire through narrative. Investigating how technology is transforming humanity is Zomorodi's passion and expertise.

"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 #1 NYT Bestseller The Happiness Project

"Bored and Brilliant is full of easy steps to make each day more effective and every life more intentional. Manoush's mix of personal stories, neuroscience, and data will convince you that boredom is actually a gift."--Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter, Faster, Better


"If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the technology in your life, 'Note to Self' host Manoush Zomorodi totally gets you."-- Tech Times

"She has almost the perfect mix of enthusiasm, heart, journalistic introspection, and thoughtfulness in her pursuits of many of the technological dilemmas that plague us."-- Reluctant Habits

"On her show, she interviews a range of people about the impact of technology and how to best integrate it with off-line lives...over time, both she and society have re-evaluated the wisdom of multitasking, especially when toggling between work and family."-- The New York Times


"A funny, engaging, highly relatable show about technology and our personal lives."-- Xconomy, Best Podcasts of 2015

"The show is geek meets everyday life, making it accessible to techies and noobs alike."-- Make Use Of
"If you've been struggling to make sense of the stories about super-secretive cellular surveillance tech used by cops and governments... 'Note to Self' podcast does the best job I've yet seen (heard) of explaining them."-- Boing Boing

"The show is full of useful tips for managing your interactions with technology so that you don't feel like you're too wrapped up in it to experience the real world."-- Tech Times


"Deeply intelligent and perfectly germane feature from WNYC...rarely has a conversation about boredom been less boring. I found it more thrilling than 'Serial' because, frankly, it was of more universal import."-- Newsweek

"By the time the episode was over, my brain was fully on and feeling inspired."-- Business Week

"The feedback loop -- from newsletter to podcast and then back again to the newsletter -- makes the audience a key part of the campaign...this ends up making them feel more invested in the success of both the project and the show. It's pretty brilliant."-- Poynter