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Rest : Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang


Overview - "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.  Read more...


 
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Overview
"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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  • ISBN-13: 9780465074877
  • ISBN-10: 0465074871
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publish Date: December 2016
  • Page Count: 320
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-09-26
  • Reviewer: Staff

Americans live in a strung-out, always-on, overstimulated culturebut this isnt the way to get good work done, says business consultant Pang (The Distraction Addiction). He recommends seeing work and rest as partners, not polar opposites, and allowing for more rest and downtime. Over the course of a life, he coaches, deliberate rest restores your energy, gives you more time, helps you do more, and helps you focus on doing the things that matter most while avoiding those that dont. Sound familiar? To most business and leadership readers, it probably will; Pangs earnest take on the essential function of rest in a hyper-connected society doesnt break much new ground. He presents lessons from a sabbatical he took with his wife, and backs up his prescriptions (structured days, walks, naps, sleep, and deep play) with tales of how the great minds of history approached the work-rest balance. Its undeniable that modern office workers are overworked and overstimulated, doing more commuting and housework than ever before while checking email until midnight, but this is a problem whose solution has been sought in dozens of books before this one, and Pangs approach is far from novel. Agent: Zoë Pagnamenta, Zoë Pagnamenta Agency. (Dec.)

 
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