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Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less

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 lessFor 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 ou…

Title : Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less
Author : Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
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ISBN : 0465074871
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages

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

  • 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 of a fleshed-out version of all the clickbait articles you read about getting more R&R: the stuff you already know, but with the science behind it. And the science is very good/interesting.

    The problem for a lot of readers is that these strategies assume you’re a middle to upper class white coll

    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 of a fleshed-out version of all the clickbait articles you read about getting more R&R: the stuff you already know, but with the science behind it. And the science is very good/interesting.

    The problem for a lot of readers is that these strategies assume you’re a middle to upper class white collar person who has the kind of life where you CAN put most of these strategies into practice. Taking a nap in your office, for example, is NBD if you have a desk and a door, or even a cubicle. Try napping at the factory, McDonalds’ or the daycare center — to name just a few examples — and you’re probably SOL. It’s also easy to take all your vacation time if you do, indeed, get paid vacation as part of your benefits package: many jobs don’t offer it.

    In addition, most of the people Pang holds up as examples of folks who practiced good rest strategies were generally white males who were in a position to do so. With no kids to chase around or domestic duties to perform on TOP of your paid labor, it’s a snap to engage in “deep play” and sabbaticals. The shocking lack of women (white OR WOC) here is another indicator that the audience for this book is somewhat limited.

    If your library is off somewhere in a homogeneous suburb where this kind of advice will fly, you should definitely purchase it. Otherwise, I’d steer clear, especially if you’re in a rural area or urban area with great wealth disparities. It’s not that Pang doesn’t have great things to say; it’s just that, while interesting, they just don’t apply to most people, and many libraries will not fall into its bracket. An optional purchase everywhere except suburbia and Silicon Valley.

  • 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 perfection.

    Sarcasm aside, this is a poorly written book about how to work more. Yea, besides the title, nothing is about working less. It is about working more. Which makes much more sense than the catchy and misleading title. Only this time you don’t just go to work. You start working at dawn, do some ph

    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 perfection.

    Sarcasm aside, this is a poorly written book about how to work more. Yea, besides the title, nothing is about working less. It is about working more. Which makes much more sense than the catchy and misleading title. Only this time you don’t just go to work. You start working at dawn, do some physical activity, and so on. You work more for the same pay. And at the end of the day you should be glad that you did so much for your employer. Atta boy / girl! Go to bed early because tomorrow is another working day.

  • 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) reader, it seems to me that the author strains to expand the work into book length. Nevertheless, I read the work at an appropriate time–immediately following the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

  • 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 was about another of his books, but what I remember is how impressed I was by his presentation and his ideas. So when I saw this book among the new titles at the Mechanics Institute, I had to check it out. Now I will return the library copy and buy one to keep. The message seemed so obvious, I was a

    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 was about another of his books, but what I remember is how impressed I was by his presentation and his ideas. So when I saw this book among the new titles at the Mechanics Institute, I had to check it out. Now I will return the library copy and buy one to keep. The message seemed so obvious, I was a little hesitant at first, but a quick dip at random convinced me to read it, and I am so glad I did. I’ve been trying to change my workaholic ways, and this book persuades me that not only is that good for me, but it will also be good for my work. Rest of the kinds described here (including the dreaded exercise) is likely to make me more effective and creative when I do work, so that I am more useful to my employer than if I merely slog away for longer and longer hours. I have certainly spent years trying the longer and longer hours approach, so I know for sure that’s not sustainable. It is good to know that research backs me up on this — and lots of great stories, which you will enjoy reading, if you follow my suggestion of getting ahold of this book at the earliest available opportunity.

  • 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 walks, take cat naps, stop when you are going good so you know exactly where to dive in when you restart work, get plenty of sleep, take vacations, exercise everyday, participate in deep play (sport, hobby, musical instrument, etc), take a sabbatical every few years. And then you will have a restful lif

    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 walks, take cat naps, stop when you are going good so you know exactly where to dive in when you restart work, get plenty of sleep, take vacations, exercise everyday, participate in deep play (sport, hobby, musical instrument, etc), take a sabbatical every few years. And then you will have a restful life. Author did not mention but I would add eat healthy and meditate or pray.

  • 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 consapevolmente, in equilibrio.

    Ogni capitolo del libro di Alex Soojung-Kim Pang è dedicato a un’azione legata al riposo: routine del mattino, dormire, camminare, fare un sonnellino, fermarsi, giocare, fare esercizio fisico e altro. Ogni capitolo cita personaggi noti del passato – Charles Darwin è quello che mi è ri

    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 consapevolmente, in equilibrio.

    Ogni capitolo del libro di Alex Soojung-Kim Pang è dedicato a un’azione legata al riposo: routine del mattino, dormire, camminare, fare un sonnellino, fermarsi, giocare, fare esercizio fisico e altro. Ogni capitolo cita personaggi noti del passato – Charles Darwin è quello che mi è rimasto più impresso – quali esempi di come queste pratiche contribuiscano al benessere psico-fisico, con un vantaggio anche sul piano del lavoro e della produttività. Darwin lavorava circa 4 ore al giorno, divise tra mattina e pomeriggio, intervallando lunghe passeggiate, un buon pranzo e un sonnellino..

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  • 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, indulging in a hobby. He has such good examples and writes so clearly, the book’s purpose is fulfilled 3/4 of the way through. “Rest ” can be read quickly.

    Not 5 stars because the book was longer than necessary. And it is not long, less than 300 pages. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is just too efficient. Ma

    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, indulging in a hobby. He has such good examples and writes so clearly, the book’s purpose is fulfilled 3/4 of the way through. “Rest ” can be read quickly.

    Not 5 stars because the book was longer than necessary. And it is not long, less than 300 pages. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang is just too efficient. Maybe he wrote it while well-rested but then was told by the publisher that it needed to be longer.

  • 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 challenging stuff (climb mountains, play the violin) *in addition to* working quite a lot.

    The most successful scientists, for instance, have very intensive hobbies, while less successful scientists don’t.

    Which makes me wonder: is that perhaps because the successful people have more energy in the first place?

    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 challenging stuff (climb mountains, play the violin) *in addition to* working quite a lot.

    The most successful scientists, for instance, have very intensive hobbies, while less successful scientists don’t.

    Which makes me wonder: is that perhaps because the successful people have more energy in the first place? Are we shaming people with a little less fuel in the tank for to pursue those intensive side projects, telling them ‘if only you did EVEN MORE, you’d be more of a success’? Or would the energy to become more successful *follow* if you pursued sports and music? Can’t quite figure it out.

  • Dillon
    May 10, 2017

    practical guide to avoiding burnout by cultivating regular intervals of rest and a full life outside of work, in order to have a longer and more fulfilling work life in the long run.

  • 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 my brain, so it can recharge makes sense: I’ve noticed how creative ideas need time to percolate and come to me while working in the yard or some other physical activity.