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How to free your brain from technology to ignite your creativity

Manoush Zomorodi



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Pan Books
10 March 2020
Crammed with practical exercises for anyone who wants to reclaim the power of spacing out' - Gretchen Rubin, author of #1 New York Times Bestseller The Happiness Project It's time to move 'doing nothing' to the top of your to-do list Have you ever noticed how you have your best ideas when doing the dishes or staring out the window? It's because when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy connecting ideas and solving problems.

However in the modern world it often feels as though we have completely removed boredom from our lives; we are addicted to our phones, 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.

In this easy to follow, practical book, award-winning journalist Manoush Zomorodi explores the connection between boredom and original thinking, and will show you how to ditch your screens and start embracing time spent doing nothing. Spark will help you unlock the way to becoming your most productive and creative self.

'Full of easy steps to make each day more effective' Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit *Spark was previously published as Bored and Brilliant.

By:   Manoush Zomorodi
Imprint:   Pan Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 197mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   154g
ISBN:   9781509841172
ISBN 10:   1509841172
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   10 March 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Manoush Zomorodi is a journalist and media entrepreneur. She lives with her family in Brooklyn, NY. Find her and her podcasts at,, or @manoushz on Twitter.

Reviews for Spark: How to free your brain from technology to ignite your creativity

Full of easy steps to make each day more effective and every life more intentional. * Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of The Power of Habit * Spark shows the fascinating side of boredom. Manoush Zomorodi investigates cutting-edge research as well as compelling (and often funny) real-life examples to demonstrate that boredom is actually a crucial tool for making our lives happier, more productive, and more creative. * Gretchen Rubin, bestselling author of The Happiness Project * Timely, political and liberating. * Emerald Street * This could do for unplugging what Marie Kondo's The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up did for decluttering * Booklist * In this age of information, Zomorodi's book seems revolutionary, almost subversive . . . an important reminder that we are not beholden to our devices. * Bookpage * If you've ever felt overwhelmed by the technology in your life, Manoush Zomorodi totally gets you. -- Tech Times

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