Rest

Rest

Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

Book - 2016
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Baker & Taylor
A Silicon Valley strategist challenges beliefs about the value of harder work, combining scientific research with the examples of minds ranging from Darwin to Stephen King to explain that qualitative, deliberate rest is an essential component of productivity.

Perseus Publishing
One of Silicon Valley’s sharpest strategists shows that success doesn’t demand longer, harder hours, it demands that you work less

"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

Overwork is the new normal. Rest is something to do when the important things are done-but they are never done. Looking at different forms of rest, from sleep to vacation, Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang dispels the myth that the harder we work the better the outcome. He combines rigorous scientific research with a rich array of examples of writers, painters, and thinkers---from Darwin to Stephen King---to challenge our tendency to see work and relaxation as antithetical. "Deliberate rest," as Pang calls it, is the true key to productivity, and will give us more energy, sharper ideas, and a better life. Rest offers a roadmap to rediscovering the importance of rest in our lives, and a convincing argument that we need to relax more if we actually want to get more done.


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& Taylor

A Silicon Valley strategist challenges beliefs about the value of harder work in today's demanding world, combining scientific research with the examples of minds ranging from Darwin to Stephen King to explain that qualitative, deliberate rest is an essential component of productivity. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, c2016
ISBN: 9780465074877
Branch Call Number: 612.042 PAN
Characteristics: viii, 310 p. ;,22 cm.

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jeffreyochsner
Apr 06, 2017

This book is outstanding! I highly recommend it!

The book opens with a discussion of why "serious rest" is important to anyone who wishes to be creative and/or productive. This book is not promoting mindless/passive rest, and it is not just about sleep (though that is a part of serious rest). Treating rest as a passive activity that is secondary to work is a mistake. The author not only discusses the science explaining why serious rest enhances our work and our lives in general, he also includes historical examples of incredibly effective people who made time for serious rest. (If Winston Churchill could find time for serious rest while leading Britain during WWII, and if General Dwight Eisenhower could find time for serious rest while leading military operations during WWII, you and I have no excuse not to incorporate it into our lives.)

Some types of rest stimulate creativity, while others restore our creative energy. The research shows that restorative daytime naps, insight-generating long walks, vigorous exercise, and lengthy vacations are NOT unproductive interruptions; they help us do our work better.

Here are four insights that guide the author's thinking about rest:

1. Work and rest are partners.

2. Rest is active (either physically or in our brains, or both).

3. Rest is a skill. While it may be "natural,", we can do it much better with a little work and understanding. (Breathing is natural, but look at the rewards and benefits of disciplined breathing.)

4. Deliberate rest stimulates and sustains creativity. Deliberate rest can lead to our best ideas.

There is so much good information in this book that I am buying my own copy.

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writermala
Mar 25, 2017

"Rest" has a provocative subtitle which seems counter-intuitive even paradoxical. However, the writer Alex Pang has done a good job of proving his hypothesis by using true life examples. A good read.

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shayshortt
Jan 26, 2017

Pang cites a variety of scientific studies from around the world, on subjects such as sleeping, napping, exercise, and creativity in order to show how these activities—which occur outside of work—come together to profoundly influence productivity and creative thinking on the job. He also looks into the lives of figures like Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Dwight Eisenhower, to show how they incorporated restful practices into their daily routines while also producing great work, or operating under extremely stressful circumstances.Pang’s contention is not unique, and he isn’t the first person to call out the destructive nature of our sleep-deprived, always-on business culture. However, I did like the way he approached rest holistically. Sleep is an important part of the book, but Pang also examines routines, exercise, and hobbies, as well as vacations and sabbaticals to see how these others forms of taking a break from work affect our performance.

Full review: https://shayshortt.com/2017/01/26/rest/

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ellensix Feb 08, 2017

"Research is now frantic," he warned, and this meant that fast, superficial science-- and lots of it-- won over slower, deeper, and more profound work. (re: Santiago Ramon y Cajal)

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shayshortt
Jan 26, 2017

Rest is not something that the world gives us. It’s never been a gift. It’s never been something you do when you’ve finished everything else. If you want rest, you have to take it. You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.

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shayshortt
Jan 26, 2017

If someone told you that you could feel better while working less and getting more done, you would probably think they were selling snake oil, or at least methamphetamines. But in Rest, Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is making exactly that contention, while bringing the science to back it up. Pang’s core thesis is that rest and work are interdependent rather than opposing forces in our lives, and that this idea is backed up by psychology, neuroscience, and sports medicine. Pang cites a variety of scientific studies from around the world, on subjects such as sleeping, napping, exercise, and creativity in order to show how these activities—which occur outside of work—come together to profoundly influence productivity and creative thinking on the job. He also looks into the lives of figures like Charles Darwin, Winston Churchill, and Dwight Eisenhower, to show how they incorporated restful practices into their daily routines while also producing great work, or operating under extremely stressful circumstances.

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