How to Do Nothing

Resisting the Attention Economy


Author: Jenny Odell

Publisher: Melville House

ISBN: 1612197507

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 256

View: 4135

A galvanizing critique of the forces vying for our attention—and our personal information—that redefines what we think of as productivity, reconnects us with the environment, and reveals all that we’ve been too distracted to see about ourselves and our world Nothing is harder to do these days than nothing. But in a world where our value is determined by our 24/7 data productivity . . . doing nothing may be our most important form of resistance. So argues artist and critic Jenny Odell in this field guide to doing nothing (at least as capitalism defines it). Odell sees our attention as the most precious—and overdrawn—resource we have. Once we can start paying a new kind of attention, she writes, we can undertake bolder forms of political action, reimagine humankind’s role in the environment, and arrive at more meaningful understandings of happiness and progress. Far from the simple anti-technology screed, or the back-to-nature meditation we read so often, How to do Nothing is an action plan for thinking outside of capitalist narratives of efficiency and techno-determinism. Provocative, timely, and utterly persuasive, this book is a four-course meal in the age of Soylent.

How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself


Author: Robert Smith

Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 0982053959

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 130

View: 9255

Handbook on how to avoid boredom by doing fascinating things that todays children's parents did when they were kids.

Do Nothing!

How to Stop Overmanaging and Become a Great Leader


Author: J. Keith Murnighan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101571969

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 240

View: 665

Imagine you’ve just come back to work after a two-week vacation during which you actually relaxed, without calling in or checking e-mail. You discover that there are no pressing issues and that, on the contrary, your team scored a big new customer and fixed a nagging problem during your absence. No red flags or fires to put out. Sadly, for most leaders this scenario is only a dream. They constantly check on what’s happen­ing because they expect the worst (and usually get it). But Keith Murnighan shows that not only is “do nothing” leadership possible, it is also far more effective than doing too much. Great leaders don’t work; they facilitate and orchestrate. They think of great strategies and help others implement them. They spend their time preparing for the future. They take a comprehensive view of their terrain while also noticing key details so they can confidently choose the right forks in the road. In other words, great leaders don’t do any­thing—except think, make key decisions, help people do their jobs better, and add a touch of organizational control to make sure the final recipes come out okay. In sharp contrast, most leaders are too busy actually working to do these things—and their teams suffer as a result. Do Nothing!’s practical strategies and true stories will show you how to set high expec­tations for your team and watch it rise to the challenge. It will help you establish a healthier culture by trusting people more than they expect to be trusted. And it will help you overcome your natural tendencies toward micromanagement so you can let people do their jobs—even when you know you could do their jobs better. As Murnighan writes, “My experience suggests that you will be surprised—wildly surprised. Peo­ple on your team will reveal skills you never knew they had and will accomplish things that go far beyond your estimate of their capabilities. They might not do things the way you would do them, but they will get results you never expected. Every­one has hidden talents, and most leaders never discover them. Before you reject this approach, ask yourself: what if you did nothing and it actu­ally worked?”

Refuse to Do Nothing

Finding Your Power to Abolish Modern-Day Slavery


Author: Shayne Moore,Kimberly McOwen Yim

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 9780830864515

Category: Religion

Page: 190

View: 6032

2014 Outreach Magazine Resource of the Year ("Also Recommended," Justice) Slavery didn't end in 1833, when William Wilberforce's decades-long campaign finally resulted in the Slavery Abolition Act. It didn't end in 1863, when Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. It didn't end in 1949, when the United Nations declared trafficking "incompatible with the dignity and worth of the human person." The sad truth is, slavery never ended. It just went underground, where it continues to exploit powerless men, women and children in horrific ways throughout the world. Now for the good news: you have power. In Refuse to Do Nothing, "Abolitionist Mamas" Shayne Moore and Kimberly Yim share their stories of coming to terms with the power available to them in their normal, everyday lives to illuminate the shadows where those who traffic in people hide compel corporations to fight slavery in how their products are made motivate politicians to fight for human dignity mobilize friends and strangers alike to fight slavery at home and throughout the world Slavery doesn't end without a fight. But get to know Shayne and Kimberly and their abolitionist friends, and you'll find the power God grants to all who fight for the powerless, and the joy awaiting those who refuse to do nothing.

The Lazy Way to Success

How to Do Nothing and Accomplish Everything


Author: Fred Gratzon

Publisher: N.A


Category: Success in business

Page: 215

View: 8435

The antithesis of every success book ever written. Its fresh angle debunks the commonly accepted notion that hard work has anything to do with success.

When there is nothing to do Do nothing


Author: David George


ISBN: 0244686513

Category: Humor

Page: 172

View: 4899

There are pitfalls aplenty in this book. These dangers include your taking a literal interpretation of the title. Finally, you say, someone has given me permission to take the rest of my life off. You don't need my permission to do this. How about living as a forest monk? There are many benefits: The tax breaks are fantastic, you pay no taxes; there are the sounds of silence; sometimes you go many weeks without anyone annoying you; and, most of the time you sit with your eyes closed, and no-one complains. The downsides include: Chores, but as these are light when you become venerable; you need to beg for food at the nearest town; only eating once a day; oh, I saved the best bit for last, no sex. I am not in a hurry to be a monk. Besides, it would be a blot on my resume. Not that, that is a concern since I retired. As my career did not set the world on fire, I took the easy way out and retired early. If you think that this option pandered to my lack of ambition, then you guessed right.

Do Nothing to Get Everything


Author: Amir Karkouti

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781939745002


Page: 150

View: 8751

Are You Longing for Clarity, Insight, Understanding, Inner Peace and 'aha' moments? THIS BOOK WILL TELL YOU TO DO NOTHING DOING NOTHING WILL GET YOU EVERYTHING __________________________________ (I think we all secretly know this to be true...) That's All the Advice You Need Matter of Fact That s all the Rest of This Book Will Tell You

How to Change Your Entire Life by Doing Absolutely Nothing

10 Do-nothing Relaxation Exercises to Calm You Down Quickly So You Can Speed Forward Faster


Author: Karen Salmansohn

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743244729

Category: Self-Help

Page: 112

View: 5386

Offers a series of relaxation exercies that emphasize the principle of doing nothing in a mindful way, explaining how the practice of such exercises can promote power, clarity, energy, and speed.

Donothing: The Most Rewarding Leadership Challenge You'll Ever Take


Author: Rob Dube

Publisher: Lioncrest Publishing

ISBN: 9781544510026

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 188

View: 6271

As business leaders, we are so often called to do things: make decisions, fix problems, manage money. But, the irony is, the more we do, the less control we have. Effective leadership requires composition, control, and focus-skills which are all strengthened by learning to donothing. Years of practicing mindful meditation have helped Rob Dube become an acclaimed entrepreneur, propelling his leadership to new heights. In donothing, he shares his experiences with meditation and silent retreats, the wisdom of other business leaders who have established meditation routines, and scientific studies that prove the positive effects of meditation on the mind, body, and heart. He also teaches you how to meditate-the easy part!-and the best ways to turn a daily practice into a lifelong habit. It's time to become the strongest, most efficient, and most mindful leader you can be-and all by embracing the ability to donothing.