inspired by boredom: further reading & listening

Because maybe you've finished my book and want to know more about that chapter that really stuck with you. 

On being your most productive and creative self:

For the introverts, Susan Cain

Social media has created a cultural bias toward extroversion, according to Cain. The truth is we all feel drained by our devices, but how to step away when our careers and social circles require constant connection? Cain shares some strategies on my podcast, Note to Self. Her book is pretty good too. 

For looking to the future, Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown has made an entire business out of helping people figure out how they should spend their time.  In my book, I share my favorite of McKeown’s “essentialism” strategies, but you can find more in his bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

Solitude is one of our great superpowers, and it always has been.
— Susan Cain
There are endless times where I find myself isolated doing e-mail of whatever that doesn’t need to be done. I wonder if my tombstone might read, ‘He checked e-mail.
— Greg McKeown

For meditation and mindfulness, Chade-Meng Tan

Silicon Valley’s actual spiritual advisor. He taught a mindfulness class at Google called “Search Inside Yourself." Like my book, Tan's work is not anti-tech - he is all about conscious tech use. Listen to my conversation with Tan on my podcast. And check out his new book, Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within.

To better understand how technology is messing with you:

Go inside Facebook with Antonio Garcia Martinez

The man who invented ad tracking is not sorry, but also wrote a tell-all book about Facebook behind-the-scenes. Listen to my interview with Martinez here, and then check out his bestseller Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley (he follows through on that title).  

For more on the attention economy, Tristan Harris

Former Google designer Tristan Harris knows how far Silicon Valley will go to capture and control your eyeballs. He founded Time Well Spent to press for better design ethics in tech. Harris was on my podcast to talk Snapchat and the attention economy, and then on the TED main stage.

Reclaiming conversation with Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle has spent the past 30 years studying the psychology of the relationship between people and technology. So she's seen a lot of change. She talked to me about her research on my podcast. But there's more to it - enough to fill a whole fantastic book, Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age.

Boredom is telling you that this is a moment for your imagination, for your creativity, for your identity. Boredom is telling you to pay attention to the world.
— Sherry Turkle

And finally, my favorite core of boredom experts:

For the upside of boredom, Sandi Mann

While re-searching emotions in the workplace, psychologist and author Sandi Mann discovered the second most commonly suppressed emotion after anger was—you guessed it—boredom. “It gets such bad press,” she said. So she saved boredom's rep with her book, The Upside of Downtime. 

Bringing in philosophy, Andreas Elpidorou

In the absence of boredom, one would remain trapped in unfulfilling situations and miss out on many emotionally, cognitively, and socially rewarding experiences. Boredom is both a warning that we are not doing what we want to be doing and a ‘push’ that motivates us to switch goals and projects.
— Andreas Elpidorou

Self-described defender of boredom, Elpidorou has written a lot of articles on the psychology and philosophy of boredom. 

A lively history of boredom, Peter Toohey

We learn a lot about boredom from its history, and Toohey is a master at telling it. In his book, Boredom: A Lively History and in one of Note to Self's latest (and most special) episodes. An experiment in sound-design, to help your mind wander.