When was the last time you were bored?
When was the last time you had a brilliant idea?
If the answer to both questions is, 'not since I had a smart phone', you are not alone.
Today it often feels as if we have completely removed boredom from our lives; we reply to our emails twenty-four hours a day, tweet as we watch TV, watch TV as we commute, check Facebook as we walk and Instagram while we eat. Constant stimulation has become our default mode.
But what if that's a big problem? What if a wandering mind is an essential part of how our brains work and crucial to our ability to think creatively? What if our relationship with distraction is stopping us from living our fullest life?
In Bored and Brilliant, award-winning journalist Manoush Zomorodi explains the connection between boredom and original thinking, exploring how we can harness boredom's hidden benefits to become our most productive and creative selves without totally abandoning our gadgets in the process. She will take you through a series of steps that will help you rethink and recalibrate your relationship with technology and enhance your ability to dream, wonder, and gain clarity in your work and life.
Manoush Zomorodi is the host and managing editor of Note to Self, "the tech show about being human," from WNYC Studios. Every week on her podcast, Manoush searches for answers to life's digital quandaries through experiments and conversations with listeners and experts. She has won numerous awards for her work including four from the New York Press Club. In 2014, the Alliance for Women in Media named her Outstanding Host. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.