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TINKER DABBLE DOODLE TRY: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind
by Srini Pillay, M.D.

TINKER DABBLE DOODLE TRY: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind by Srini Pillay, M.D.

Ballantine Hardcover

Published: May 2, 2017

Rights sold: British (Short Books), Chinese-simplified (Cheers), Dutch (Kosmos), Italian (Centauria), Japanese (Diamond), Korean (Gimm-Young), Lithuanian (Alma Litera), Russian ( Mann, Ivanov, and Ferber), Spanish (Editorial Sirio)

“Pillay’s effortless writing style, combined with an excellent balance of popular psychology and self-help, makes this a

helpful read for those who enjoy a light dive into psychology with practical applications.”—Library Journal

The Ballantine publication of TINKER DABBLE DOODLE TRY: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind by Srini Pillay, M.D. went on sale yesterday, May 2, 2017!

Harness your mind's innate tendency to wander, stall, rest, and unfocus and become more productive--in the boardroom, living room, or classroom.

To finish tasks and achieve goals, most people believe that more focus is the solution. We rely on to-do lists, calendar reminders, noise-blocking headphones, and sometimes medication to help us concentrate--even though these tactics often fail to substantially improve productivity. Drawing on the latest brain research, compelling stories from his psychological practice, and colorful examples of counterintuitive success from sports, business, education, and the arts, neuroscientist Srini Pillay, M.D., challenges traditional ideas about productivity, revealing the lasting, positive benefits of adding deliberate and regular unfocus to your repertoire. A fascinating tour through brain wavelengths and rhythm, mindsets, and mental relaxation, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try demonstrates how specific kinds of planned unfocus stimulate cognitive calmness, jumpstart productivity, enhance innovation, inspire creativity, improve long-term memory, and, of course, help you stay on target.

Tinkering with ideas and with things releases your mind to wander from a state of stuckness into a possibility frame of mind, triggering neural connections and new insights.

Dabbling in a new endeavor--whether a hobby or fantasy--disrupts your habitual and reactive thinking, helping you find new solutions to old problems.

Doodling can help you tap into another brain frequency to remove obstacles and create opportunities and inspiration.

With techniques for training the brain to unfocus, concepts for scheduling busy lives, and ideas for controlling this new cognitive-toggling capability, Tinker Dabble Doodle Try will change how you think about daydreaming, relaxing, leaving work unfinished, and even multitasking. What you'll discover is a greater freedom, a deeper intelligence, and a more profound joy in your life.

“Tinker Dabble Doodle Try masterfully guides us to become the conductor of our own neural symphony. By developing routines that deliberately oscillate between focus and strategic distraction, we become more fully present in the moments that matter most to us, decreasing our perceptions of stress and aligning the brain and body in healthy harmony. I'm excited to schedule even more Tinker-time in my day, and to have scientific validation to post on the door when I'm in my self-induced time out.”-Heidi Hanna, New York Times bestselling author of The SHARP Solution and Stressaholic

“In this insightful new book, Srini Pillay describes important strategies for purposeful focusing and, conversely, “unfocusing” our minds to improve resourcefulness, creativity, optimism and mental well-being. As a lifelong business and social entrepreneur, and a survivor of a recent brain injury, I can attest to the great value of these practices.”– David Shaw, biotech entrepreneur and venture capitalist

“This brilliant book shows how to harness a hidden neurological process that taps into our creativity, simultaneously reducing stress while boosting our productivity at work. When you learn how to manipulate your brain to alternate between intense concentration and deliberate mind-wandering you’ll solve problems more quickly and experience more satisfaction in life.”– Mark Waldman, co-author How God Changes Your Brain

“The story of how the brain takes the ‘ingredients’ of our lives—smells, sounds, experiences, memories—and spins them into new ideas, innovations and creative inspirations is one of the most fascinating narratives I have read in some time. Tinker Dabble Doodle Try leaves me in awe of all that quietly goes on between our ears.”—John Assaraf, New York Times bestselling author and Chairman & CEO of NeuroGym

“This book is that rare combination of fascinating narrative and practical prescription. It not only gives you license to step off the hamster wheel of focus, focus, focus, but it will show you how to strategically and productively do so.” —J.J. Virgin, New York Times bestselling author of The Virgin Diet and The Sugar Impact Diet

“Cognitive rest is the new exercise! Tinker Dabble Doodle Try is great medicine for those who have long suspected that multi-tasking and always being on-the-go aren’t all they are cracked up to be.” —Sara Gottfried, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of The Hormone Cure; The Hormone Reset Diet; and Younger: A Breakthrough Program to Reset Your Genes, Reverse Aging, and Turn Back the Clock 10 Years

“Dr. Srini Pillay’s new book Tinker Dabble Doodle Try will help you create a new, fun, more playful destiny and unlock your brain’s inner potential.”—Daniel G. Amen, M.D., Founder of Amen Clinics and author of The Brain Warrior’s Way

“Celebrating the usually untapped power of the ENTIRE mind, as opposed to the mere focused mind, Pillay offers a brilliant, deeply researched and even more deeply imagined blueprint for using one's full mental armamentarium, conscious, unconscious, and all the undiscovered rest! A fantastic book!"—Edward Hallowell, M.D., author of Delivered from Distraction