Review: Zomorodi’s Bored and Brilliant


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

Another in a long line of books fretting over our distraction culture, this one focused on the importance of boredom in the creative process. I’ve read far more of these books than I care to admit (yet remain active on twitter). This one is better than most, grounded squarely in the science, and reasonable in its recommendations. Zomorodi isn’t saying you need to go live in a yurt without electricity to be creative, but she is saying, and the science backs her up, that time in reflection, time just spacing out, is necessary not only to be mentally healthy, but also to be you best, most creative and productive self.

If you’ve been paying attention to the attention economy issues, there isn’t much that is new here. But taking a step back  and reflecting is an important (and in our age, difficult) thing to do and Zomorodi gives you the ammunition (and inspiration) to make some changes in your own life to create more space for boredom, creativity, and brilliance.

Recommended for the enthusiast.

Manoush Zomordi

Manoush Zomordi

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