Manoush Zomorodi is asking you nicely to put your phone down because she wants you to get a little bored.

Manoush Zomorodi is asking you nicely to put your phone down because she wants you to get a little bored.

In 2015, Note To Self host Manoush Zomorodi issued a series of challenges to her listeners. The challenges included spending a day without using the camera on your phone, crafting an away message to spend a few hours away from all of your devices, and deleting your favorite app (even if only for a day!). She wanted to help them develop a more balanced relationship with their digital devices. She called the project Bored and Brilliant.

The Bored and Brilliant project was so successful that she turned it into a book, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive & Creative Self” which is out now. One tip I learned — keep my smartphone in my bag, not on my body, when I’m not using it.

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