How To Do Nothing

May 24, 2019

Time is money, and increasingly so is our attention. The artist Jenny Odell wants people to spend less time worrying about their productivity. Instead of doing something, she says, try doing nothing.


In the world today, our value is determined by how much we get done. Time is money, after all, and increasingly so is our attention. The writer and artist Jenny Odell wants people to spend less time worrying about their productivity. She wants to encourage us to deepen our attention, to fully immerse ourselves in where we are and what we’re doing. Instead of doing something, she says, try doing nothing. Odell joins us Friday to make her argument for resisting the attention economy.

Jenny Odell is an artist and a writer. She teaches at Stanford University. Her new book is How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].