Manoush Zomorodi: Unlocking Your Creative Potential with Boredom

Being bored is the worst, right? It’s a feeling that almost all of us try to avoid – and thanks to our smartphones, it’s a feeling that many of us hardly experience anymore. We check email while in an elevator, scroll through our social media feeds when our friends go to the bathroom, and binge Netflix when we can’t think of anything else to do.  But although we’re hardly ever bored with the whole internet constantly at our fingertips, our brain’s are paying a price.  According to Manoush Zomorodi’s latest book, Bored and Brilliant, being bored is a crucial part of our brain’s creative and problem-solving processes. By never being bored, we’re actually hurting our ability to think creatively and originally Read more

How to Block Apps on iPhone, A Guide

How to block an app on iPhone



Smartphones can be great, but too often they seem to control us rather than the other way around. If you’re like me, your phone is almost constantly buzzing with a variety of notifications giving you updates, messages previews, news alerts, etc. – all of which grab my attention and often steal me away from what I’m currently doing.

A quick notification letting me know someone has started a Live Story on Instagram can leave me wasting minutes and then hours scrolling through my newsfeed.  It’s a temptation that is hard to resist, and unfortunately it’s what many of these platforms are designed to do.

And once you’re distracted, research has revealed that on average it takes 23 minutes to get back on task. Another recent study also found that the mere presence of your phone – even when you’re not using it – has the ability to distract and inhibit your performance. So it’s easy to see why so many of us are having trouble focusing with all the interruptions our apps are constantly sending us.

Luckily, we’ve created a complete guide on how to block all of your most distracting apps and regain control over your iPhone.

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Best-selling author Farrah Rochon on writing lessons learned, conquering distraction, and staying motivated


NaNoWriMo 2015 is long since over, but is it ever a bad time to get a little advice from a published author? We don’t think so! We sat down with Farrah Rochon, best-selling author based in a small town just west of New Orleans, to learn about her experiences with biggest writing lessons learned, conquering distraction, and how she manages to stay inspired, motivated, and meet deadlines. She has written titles such as Deliver MeYours Forever, and I’ll Catch You that have received rave reviews and many honors such as several SORMAG Readers’ Choice Awards, RITA award nominations, and the Emma Award for Author of the Year.

What advice would you offer less experienced writers – especially in regard to staying productive, motivated, and focused while writing? 

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