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

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465074877
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 12/06/2016
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 465,660
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is the founder of the Restful Company and a visiting scholar at Stanford University. His previous books include Empire and the Sun and The Distraction Addiction. He lives in Silicon Valley. Find out more at or on Twitter at @askpang.

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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