Rest

Rest

Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

Book - 2016
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"For most of us, overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought. In our busy lives, rest is defined as the absence of work: late-night TV binges, hours spent trawling the internet, something to do once we've finished everything else on our to-do lists. But dismissing rest stifles our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. In Rest, Silicon Valley consultant Alex Pang argues that we can be more successful in all areas of our lives by recognizing the importance of rest: working better does not mean working more, it means working less and resting better. Treating rest as a passive activity secondary to work undermines our chances for a rewarding and meaningful life. Whether by making space for daily naps, as Winston Churchill did during World War II; going on hours-long strolls like Charles Darwin; or spending a week alone in a cabin like Bill Gates, pursuing what Pang calls "deliberate rest" is the true key to fulfillment and creative success. Drawing on rigorous scientific evidence and revelatory historical examples, Rest overturns everything our culture has taught us about work and shows that only by resting better can we start living better,"--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780465074877
0465074871
Branch Call Number: 612.042 PAN 2016
Characteristics: viii, 310 pages ; 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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