In this episode we talk to Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's Note to Self and author of Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self. Back in 2015, Manoush wondered if being plugged in all the time to a constant stream of entertainment and information actually made our lives worse. She noticed that we're never bored - and she wondered, what is that lack of boredom doing to us?
Image via Manoush Zomorodi
Manoush led her listeners through an experiment to help them unplug - and it was a huge success: After taking part in the experiment listeners reported feeling more creative and productive, and more satisfied with their lives.
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Discussed in This Episode:
- The Bored and Brilliant Challenge
- The brain's default mode network
- The benefits of letting your mind wander
- How taking photos may impair your memory
- How social media affects mental health in young adults
- Manoush's Two Dots addiction
- How brain-training apps don't really work
- Jane McGonigal's TED talk
- Using video games to help you deal with drug cravings
- Nir Eyal's Hooked
- How changing your phone to grayscale helps with phone addiction
- The challenge of Slack addiction
- How to find time for deep work
- The joys of Boomerang
- Why it's better to take notes in a notebook than a laptop
- Hacking your to-do list
- How each decision you make burns glucose