This new book from Manoush Zomorodi is the result of a long time project. The Note to Self podcast host started the Bored and Brilliant project in 2015 and asked thousands of her listeners to join her as she led different experiments to help reassess our relationship with technology.
Something she discovered after looking back on her early years of motherhood when the only thing that would sooth her newborn was going on long, boring walks. She started to make connections between this time of solidarity where she was seemingly bored but her mind was coming up with all sorts of brilliant ideas. This moment of calm to detach from the chaos is necessary for balance but often times difficult to achieve in a world of constant stimulation. Facebook, instagram, twitter, snapchat, emails, game apps, all readily available on your smartphone means that you can be plugged in in some form or another 24/7. The Bored and Brilliant project challenges you for seven consecutive days to allow your mind to wander and be bored. This book is a cumulation of practical exercises and real life examples that demonstrate how boredom can enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life.