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

  • Karen Ashmore
    Jan 29, 2017

    We should all work less and rest more. Not only will you be more at peace but you will also be more productive and creative. Here's how: work four hours at a time, develop a morning routine, take walk...

  • 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)...

  • Luca Conti
    Feb 16, 2017

    Seppur non abbia imparato molto di più di ciò che non sapessi già, è bene confrontarsi con altri punti di vista e soprattutto fonti differenziate su un tema che mi sta a cuore: vivere consapevolme...

  • Sarah Blood
    Feb 16, 2017

    I enjoyed the majority of the information in this book. However, it read like a review article or a book report. There were times when I thought it was reminding me of a different book only to realize...

  • Kimy
    Feb 06, 2017

    I received this book from a Goodreads Giveaway. The author makes some good points and I wish we could all rest more. I hope to put some of the points into practice....

  • Shay
    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—...

  • Dee
    Jan 30, 2017

    3.5 stars-- lots of research and a few ideas for practical application. ...

  • Sandi
    Jan 28, 2017

    This is written on premise that people need to rest to become better workers. A good idea for everyone.,this book gives ideas that might valuable such walking deep playing,napping etc. good idea for c...

  • 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 ...