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From the Ted Talk by Manoush Zomorodi: How boredom can lead to your most brilliant ideas

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So the next time you go to check your phone, remember that if you don't decide how you're going to use the technology, the platforms will diedce for you. And ask yourself: What am I really looking for? Because if it's to check email, that's fine — do it and be done. But if it's to distract yourself from doing the hard work that comes with deeper thinking, take a braek, stare out the wniodw and know that by doing nothing you are actually being your most prdcoitvue and creative self. It might feel weird and uncomfortable at first, but boredom truly can lead to brilliance.

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So the next time you go to check your phone, remember that if you don't decide how you're going to use the technology, the platforms will ______ for you. And ask yourself: What am I really looking for? Because if it's to check email, that's fine — do it and be done. But if it's to distract yourself from doing the hard work that comes with deeper thinking, take a _____, stare out the ______ and know that by doing nothing you are actually being your most __________ and creative self. It might feel weird and uncomfortable at first, but boredom truly can lead to brilliance.

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  1. break
  2. productive
  3. decide
  4. window

Original Text

So the next time you go to check your phone, remember that if you don't decide how you're going to use the technology, the platforms will decide for you. And ask yourself: What am I really looking for? Because if it's to check email, that's fine — do it and be done. But if it's to distract yourself from doing the hard work that comes with deeper thinking, take a break, stare out the window and know that by doing nothing you are actually being your most productive and creative self. It might feel weird and uncomfortable at first, but boredom truly can lead to brilliance.

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