Books, Lifestyle

How To Be “Bored and Brilliant”

Hello and welcome to this week’s post. If you are new to my page, then be sure to browse through my page and see what else you might be interested in. If you are a returning reader, then welcome back. This weeks post is in reflection of the book written by Manoush Zomorodi. The book, Bored and Brilliant, was an amazing and eye opening read. For those who don’t know, this book is about how to unplug and get more in touch with yourself. The book has helped me to shape my life in a better light and to become more involved in my surroundings.

Step one is to observe yourself. I discovered that I spend a majority of my time on music, YouTube, and Instagram. I also realized that I am definitely on my phone more when I am out away from home, and that I need to limit my nighttime usage. It usually takes me a while to fall asleep due to my heavy use of my phone and other screen time. Since reading this book I have been able to cut down on screen time and I definitely sleep more because of it. This step involved step two, which is to keep the object out of reach. When I am ready to go to sleep, I plug my phone up for the night at my dresser, away from my bed.

Step three is to live in the moment more. This involves enjoying memories rather than posting about them. We live in a society where we feel like we have to share all things with our followers in order to prove we were there. We need to focus more on memory versus evidence. I have definitely slacked on my posting of social media since reading and I definitely still have the memories I was afraid wouldn’t be preserved.

Step four involves getting rid of the time wasters like Instagram. This was the only challenge I didn’t do because the only social media app I use is Instagram, so I don’t really have overused apps. For step five, I took a fake-cation. These are times that you take off from not only work, but you free time activities as well to prevent burnout. I have installed this by giving myself a rule of no blogging or social media while I am on actual trips. This gives me a true relaxation vacation.

Steps six and seven wrap up the challenges, asking you to relax, enjoy the moment, and get it out of your system. Manoush challenges the reader to have a people watching session and take the time to write it out. I work in retail so people watching comes very easy to me, and I blog and keep a journal, so writing out my thoughts comes easy as well. All in all, these last steps weren’t much challenges for me.

Being bored is not such a bad thing to be every once in a while and can definitely ope your mind to new discoveries of yourself. I hope you enjoyed this week’s post. Be sure to leave a comment if you have any thoughts or anything to add. Also be sure to like this post and follow my blog for more like this.

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