This is why you have all your best ideas in the shower

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Kristin Hillery
  •  Aug 16, 2017
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Can’t come up with any good ideas? It’s probably because you’re never bored.

Manoush Zomorodi, host of Note to Self and author of the soon-to-be-released book Bored and Brilliant, explains that the reason we often have our greatest ideas while we’re spacing out—doing laundry, showering, pushing a stroller—is because “when your body goes on autopilot, your brain gets busy forming new neural connections that connect ideas and solve problems.”

So what’s keeping most of us from being bored? Our phones. Put yours down and watch Manoushz’s entire TED Talk below:

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