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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Hardcover – December 6, 2016
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"[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
"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."
"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
"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
"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
"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."―
"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
"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.
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I am person with a demanding consulting career and a strong creative passions. For years I have felt almost guilty for who I am as if I should be working longer hours to 'prove myself. The authors are completely right: being stressed out and overworked is a badge of honour and there is this strong theme that you should be passionate about what you do (mostly though it is an elaborate role play).
Having hobbies is something of a frivolous luxury. I have always felt this is completely backwards attitude but never had the arguments and I feel like this book provides plenty of examples and studies to confirm.
Also a few other reviewers seem to suggest that the book offers no actionable insight. I found this is not the case. These reviewers maybe expected five bullet point presentation and you won't find it in the book, but I think that the book offers something much more valuable.
I have to say that the author is Not particularly riveting. But, if you can get past the boring prose there is some fascinating content here. Well worth the read!
If you're curious about this topic, I highly recommend the book.
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.