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Manoush Zomorodi

How Boredom Leads to Brilliance

How many hours a day do you spend on your phone? How many times do you open it?

Do you wonder how your relationship with technology is affecting your brain, health, relationships, and creativity?

These are all things that today’s guest, Manoush Zomorodi, started thinking about when she began hosting her popular podcast, Note to Self.

Little did she know that her exploration of our relationship with technology (and the decreasing time we let our minds be bored) would lead her to a massive study and new book.

But it turns out that letting our minds wander, letting ourselves get bored, zoning out, daydreaming, etc. are really important for our brains.

In fact, the times we let ourselves be bored often leads us to our best ideas.

"Being productive is working smarter, not harder."  

The more research Manoush does, the more she discovers scientific backing for this concept — that boredom leads to brilliance.

We can’t control when great ideas can come, but we can set our brains up to be open to creative ideas.

And it turns out that happens most often when we let our minds wander (and are not on our phones or computers.)

From my own experience, I’ve noticed the same thing time and again. My best ideas come when I’m running, hanging out at the beach, going to the woods, and disconnecting from devices.

I invite you to reinvent your relationship with technology and unleash your creativity in Episode 551.

"You can't tap your brain power if you're constantly tapping your screen."  

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What is the science behind this power of boredom? (4:03)
  • What is your daily practice to let yourself be bored? (11:30)
  • Does meditation get you the same benefits as being bored? (32:30)

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How our dependence on technology is affecting our quality of life (2:58)
  • The “default mode” of our brain and what it is designed for (5:34)
  • A reason to consider working out without listening to anything (6:50)
  • Why we confuse productivity with reactivity (9:46)
  • The reason we need creative thinking now more than ever (10:25)
  • The study that Manoush started which tens of thousands of people have participated in around disconnecting from their devices (15:20)
  • How to be mindful each time you open your phone (20:36)
  • How to talk to your kids about using technology wisely (27:40)
  • What happens when you multi-task during the day (37:15)
  • Plus much more…

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Music Credits:

Music Credit: Next Galaxy by Extan

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