Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less


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

Title:Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages

    Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less Reviews

  • David
    Jan 12, 2017

    I want to give this book 10 stars, because our culture needs this message so much. I saw this author keynote at a conference a few years back (wish I could remember which one), his talk at that time w...

  • Ruthmarie
    Jan 07, 2017

    Malcolm Gladwell-esque: focus on a topic that is rather narrow, though not unimportant, using historical and contemporary persons as examples. Because it is written for the general (but well-educated)...

  • Katy Smith
    Jan 14, 2017

    Just what this frazzled gal needed on a cold, winter day in January when all I want to do is rest. ...

  • Ietrio
    Dec 28, 2016

    You do more if you work less. This is a homeopathic book. Once you won't do a thing your results will reach the infinity. And that is certainly the case as the people who do nothing are next to perfec...

  • Ivan
    Dec 24, 2016

    Good reminder on the importance of rest, play, sleep, exercise, etc.—not as an escape from creativity/productivity but in order to more fully create and produce....

  • Diana Olivares
    Jan 16, 2017

    An interesting approach to finding balance between work and rest and learning to view them as equals. The author includes many examples of persons who seem to have shaped his conclusions about how to ...