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Summary

In our 24-7 global economy, rest feels like a luxury at best and a weakness at worst. We see work and rest as competitors - but what if they're actually partners in a productive, balanced life?

Blending rigorous scientific research with examples of writers, painters and thinkers - from Darwin to Stephen King - Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang exposes how we've underestimated the power of rest for our success. Though it's as natural as breathing, it's also a skill we can all learn to boost our creativity and productivity. Full of tips for upping our downtime, from sleep to hobbies to vacation, Rest is a new road map for finding renewed energy and inspiration - and getting more done.

©2017 Alex Soojung-Kim Pang (P)2017 Penguin Books Ltd.

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Rest is productive

This is an excellent book that I strongly recommend. Like me, many people are 'addicted' to working - I know I get a buzz or fix from having a packed day but my cup empties taking me into unhealthy physical and emotional states. We learn to detach from our 'body' self and drive ourselves by our intellect's wants, shoulds, oughts, as well as our greed.
We need to learn how to stop, before exhaustion forces us to do so. This book offers very practical ways to manage our working lives. It shows that by working less we can be MORE productive. A great read/listen.

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  • Keith
  • Singapore 541301, Singapore
  • 27-07-18

A wake up call. Excellent.

The contents of the book on how rest is in fact as important to work couldn't have come at a better time. It reminds one that successful people don't just focus on their task at hand, they have deliberate times to pursue their other interests.

Theories are presented at the beginning and then supported through lived experiences. Much of what is shared can be easily adapted to suit anyone in today's society.

What I have learnt here through this book is put into use immediately. In fact, a second listen is important to catch up on the salient points I missed.

The narrator helps keep the text moving. But in a book of this sort, there isn't really much to the excitement. Just pure revelations.

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quite sciencey

Wasn't for me. Too technical and I found myself struggling to keep up with the jargon

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