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


One of Silicon Valley's sharpest strategists shows that success doesn't demand longer, harder hours, it demands that 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

  • Marrije
    Mar 10, 2017

    I'm a bit conflicted about this book. It starts out by saying 'don't work all the time - rest is important, too'. But by the end it's mostly a manifesto to not so much *rest* as do hard and challengin...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Wendi
    Feb 19, 2017

    The author says rest is just as important as work because quality rest makes work time more energetic, creative, efficient, and inspired. Rest can mean taking a walk, taking a nap, going on vacation, ...

  • L.A.
    Apr 04, 2017

    Same stuff, different book.Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Given that we don't seem to take the kind of advice Pang offers, it should probably be repeated as often as possible. This book is kind...

  • 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...

  • Debra  Golden
    Apr 24, 2017

    I enjoyed it, and while it took me a bit to get into it, I found it interesting and worthwhile. I am now trying to take naps as time allows, and more conscious of my energy. The importance of resting ...

  • 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—...

  • Michael
    Mar 05, 2017

    Terrific book from a fellow Penn grad on the topic of rest. I found it fascinating. The author makes the case that rest and leisure are not secondary activities to work, but essential partners with wo...