Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

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

Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang


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An updated edition for the classic book on escaping the drudgery of overwork and finding excellence and happiness—by doing less 

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. Updated with a new epilogue on rest and successful aging, Rest offers a road map 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.  

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781541604834
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 01/23/2024
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 434,944
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang has spent the past twenty years studying people, technology, and the worlds they make. A professional futurist with a PhD in the history of science, Pang is a former Microsoft Research fellow, a visiting scholar at Stanford and Oxford universities, and a senior consultant at Strategic Business Insights. Pang is the author of four books, including Shorter and The Distraction Addiction, and his writings have appeared in Scientific American, American Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times Book Review, as well as in many academic publications. He is based in Silicon Valley.

Table of Contents

Foreword Arianna Huffington xi

Introduction 1

The Problem of Rest 20

The Science of Rest 33

Part I Stimulating Creativity

Four Hours 53

Morning Routine 75

Walk 93

Nap 110

Stop 129

Sleep 138

Part II Sustaining Creativity

Recovery 159

Exercise 176

Deep Play 198

Sabbaticals 221

Conclusion: The Restful Life 240

Acknowledgments 249

Notes 253

Bibliographic Essay 261

Index 303

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