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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Hardcover – December 6, 2016
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"[Pang] argues convincingly that the focus on work, often measured in long hours spent at the workplace, is a modern construct."
-Nilanjana Roy, Financial Times
"This is a book of deep wisdom and human insight."
-Chauncey Mabe, Success
"Rest is a brilliant book, and a timely reminder that rest needs to be deliberate, or our work will become debilitating."
-800 CEO Read
"Consider this a much-needed guide for the overworked: a credible, factual case for chilling out and getting rest, by a well-known Silicon Valley consultant."
"[T]here's another force transforming the way we work, and that is: nonwork. Or, more specifically, what we're doing in those few hours when we're not working. With Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang superbly illuminates this phenomenon and helps push it along... Rest is such a valuable book. If work is our national religion, Pang is the philosopher reintegrating our bifurcated selves."
-Arianna Huffington, New York Times Book Review
"[Pang] writes with an admirable focus on balance, on pleasure as well as success; in the end, it's difficult to argue with his conclusions."
-Kate Tuttle, Boston Globe
"A useful holiday gift at a time when New Year's resolutions will be on the agenda."
"Finally, a full-throated, exhaustively researched argument for why we should all work less and rest more-not just because we'll feel better (no small thing) but because we'll actually be more creative and productive as a result."
-Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: How Artists Work
"I love this book. Rest weaves fascinating research and captivating stories into a wise prescription for a healthier, more creative, and more fulfilling life in a technology saturated world. At heart, it is rest, in the many ways Pang describes, that contributes to our ability to be the best of what we can be."
-Linda Stone, Former Executive, Apple and Microsoft
"Alex Pang wants us to treat work and rest as equals. In his fascinating, well-researched and highly readable new book Rest, he makes an excellent case for the critical importance of rest in our lives, drawing from the rest habits of some of our most famous scientists, writers and creatives from history, from neuroscience research as well as examples from some of the most productive people working today. You will consider how and why you rest in a completely new light after reading this book."
-Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D. Professor of Neural Science and Psychology at New York University and author of Healthy Brain Happy Life: A personal program to activate your brain and do everything better
"You're holding some terrific advice in your hands on the virtues of walking, napping, and playing. Pang has written a delightful and thought-provoking book on the science of restful living."
-Clive Thompson, columnist for Wired magazine and the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better
"It's high noon for the global economy's thinking class, who are locked in a losing battle for clarity in a crowded, clickable world. This book is a science-packed call to arms: it's time to claim rest as a right and pay close attention to the needs of our beleaguered brains."
-Anthony Townsend, author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia
"Finally, indisputable proof that to raise happy, healthy, and productive adults, parents and educators must teach the next generation how to practice intentional rest; ... how to partner work with play, exercise, and sleep."
-Nanci Kauffman, Head of Castilleja School
"In his important new book, Pang calmly and meticulously shows us how the best, most creative work, and the most meaningful and joyful lives, are built on the skills, not of mindless busyness, but of deliberate rest, deep play, and taking time to think. A game-changing book for the weary modern world."
-Brigid Schulte, award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time
From the Author
- They see rest as a skill: like speaking or running, it's something we all do naturally, and can learn to do better.
- They learn to harness mind-wandering: they develop habits that give their brains a break, or give their unconscious minds time to explore new ideas.
- They treat rest with respect, and make time for it in their daily schedules.
- They recognize rest as a resource that can extend their creative lives.
Top Customer Reviews
Among just about all the children I know, there is a frenetic pace of school and sports and studying and stuff, with little time to really rest and think randomly and just hang out. Would love to see this kind of thinking feed into approaches that might shift this over-scheduled pace to one that would more directly encourage rest and creativity over a full schedule.
Was very excited to read this and was thrilled when it shipped earlier than expected from my pre-order...but I have no new insights, next steps, or action plan to achieve more rest.