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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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The perfect prescription for burnout and stress

I've now read this book three times in paperback, and listened twice to the audio; the overall message - which is still somehow the opposite of common sense - is one worth drumming into yourself repeatedly. Besides that, this is a meticulously crafted piece of non-fiction that can be digested easily even on first listen. Every point is thoroughly backed up, no theme outstays its welcome, and the narration is superb. Couldn't recommend more highly.

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Insightful

Very helpful and insightful, being self-employed you often find the balance of work:rest very difficult and this helps break the psychology of needing to be busy the whole time.

Not sure it needs to be quite as long as it simply reinforces the importance of rest relative to creativity/productivity, repeatedly.

Still very enjoyable though.

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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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Bit repetitive

This book had too much anecdote in it for me, and not enough different points. I don’t really need as many different examples as the writer gives for each point he’s making. It started to get very repetitive after a while. I did finish the book, but towards the end I was playing it on double speed and skipping ahead every now and then. The bit I found really useful was about the different elements of recovery, but that can be summarised very quickly – recovery is made up of relaxation, control over your time and attention, mastery experiences e.g. playing an instrument, and mental detachment from work. I would have enjoyed more information about how to rest properly and deeply, and fewer examples of the amazing things other people achieved because they rested.

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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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  • R Thomas
  • 04-11-19

Revelatory book that's makes you rethink work

Amazing book with great stories and anecdotes about the essential need of rest and active rest in your life, I highly recommend it.

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  • Kevin Zondagh
  • 05-12-18

This is more than a book... it’s a life-changer

This book should not only be read by every person on the planet, but it should become an integral part of every institution’s DNA - from schools to the corporate world.

BRAVO!!!