The cover is misleading This is
not a book about idleness but it is also not about how you have to be a book about idleness but it is also not about how you have to be mountain climber in your spare time to be successful It s really a series of examples illustrating Flow Compared with a book I recently read Deep Work this one is much better It s not just filled with I m so great anecdotes This author did homework to find stories of people you might have heard of Darwin Ike Stephen King etc It s not repetitively nagging at you to stop ooking at your emails etc It s explaining the benefits of positive recommendations ike napping It gives evidence that s somewhat convincing eg the prospective study of scientists to back up the points it s making Unfortunately it wastes too many pages on ungeneralizable psychology experiments and on neurobollocks see Brainwashed The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience It Ratscalibur looksike serious non fiction with a theme that runs throughout the book and is built up with explorations from various angles and it has a Notes section as well as a Bibliographic Essay Overall I think that if people followed the advice in this book to find Flow in work and play that the kind of advice about not checking email would be superfluous I was fascinated by so many aspects of this book First the basic premise that in the modern world we ve come to wear overwork and multitasking and stress The Million Dollar Goal (The Million Dollar Series, like badges of honor when in reality these things make usess efficient and The Selected Poems less effective The many studies and scientific explanations throughout the book well support this premise The many anecdotes pulled from throughout history and across disciplines highlight the science at work in theives of some of our greatest thinkers artists and changemakers it s one thing to be told we need to take rest seriously but it s the stories that inspire us to do so I have only two complaints about this book One that it took several chapters before any women made it into the examples and stories eventually though the author does include plenty Two that the author never really addressed something I think is important which is that in many of the most significant examples he gives of great male thinkerswritersetc he doesn t acknowledge the fact that these guys were able to uphold their disciplined rest schedules because they had wives and mothers and servants to take care of mundane chores they would never have to deal with themselves I don t think it undermines his point overall and it s a fact that shouldn t have been glossed over so freuently if the intention is to show readers what s possible Bringing in this aspect or otherwise making of a point about modern challenges on our time ike keeping house child rearing spending time with one s spouse and family etc especially for women would have just made the stories that much relatable and even inspiring In Rest Alex Soojung Kim Pang uses science mostly psych studies and a few brain studies and historical examples to explore the concept of DELIBERATE REST HE POSITS THAT THE rest He posits that the way to optimize one s creativity and focus for deep intellectual and creative work is to actually spend ess time consciously doing the work itself and time on various types of deliberate rest The main point is that deliberate rest including walks naps etc allows the brain time to Same stuff different bookWhich 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 RR the stuff you already know but with the science behind it And the 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. .
T most notably by working steadily and regularly The romantic image of the artist who does nothing until he s inspired and then produces artist who does nothing until he s inspired and then produces a furious burst of work is misleading pg 91Pang ooked into the The Book of Leviathan lives and routines of creative thinkers throughout history and came to the perhaps surprising conclusion that four concentrated hours of work per day is sufficient The pattern of working four hard hours with occasional breaks isn t just confined to scientists writers or other people who are already successful well established and have the freedom to set their own schedules You can also see it among students who go on to becomeeaders in their fields pg 67The rest of the day that geniuses such as Charles Darwin or Ernest Hemingway Nine Ghosts lived were filled with activitiesike ong walks day dreaming active rest sport and other seemingly unrelated moments that fueled the subconscious mind The right kinds of rest would restore their energy while allowing their muse that mysterious part of their minds that helps drive the creative process to keep goingWhat these activities may be vary
From Person To Personperson to person Pang s research proves time and again that the rest portion of the day is criticalOne of my favorite parts of this book dealt with Malcolm Gladwell s popular 10000 hours for mastery idea that he discusses in his book Outliers The Story of Success Yes Pang argues 10000 hours are necessary for exceptional performance But we re ignoring the rest of the euation It comes after 10000 hours of deliberate practice 12500 hours of deliberate rest and 30000 hours of sleep pg 74From morning routines and sabbaticals to naps and carving out time for sleep Pang exhorts the reader to make rest a priority It s not azy it is one of the building blocks of a creative and productive شرح جامع مثنوى معنوى life Sign me up 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 theibrary copy and buy one to keep The message seemed so obvious I was a The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) little hesitant at first but a uick 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 isikely to make me effective and creative when I do work so that I am useful to my employer than if I merely slog away for Riding Hard longer andonger hours I have certainly spent years trying the Arabian Challenge longer andonger hours approach so I know for sure that s not sustainable It is good to know that research backs me up on this and ots of great stories which you will enjoy reading if you follow my suggestion of getting ahold of this book at the earliest available opportunity The author says rest is just as important as work because uality rest makes work time 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 34 of the way through Rest can be read uickly Not 5 stars because the book was onger than necessary And it is not Der Verlorene Koffer: A Graded Reader for Beginning Students longess 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 ILLERAMMA Kathalu longe. As Pang calls it is the true key to productivity and will give us energy sharper ideas and a betterife Rest offers a roadmap to rediscovering the importance of rest in our ives and a convincing argument that we need to relax if we actually want to get don.
Free read Rest Author Alex Soojung-Kim PangCience is very goodinterestingThe problem for a ot 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 where you CAN put most 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 abor it s a snap to engage in deep play and sabbaticals The shocking The Battle of Maldon and Other Old English Poems lack of women white OR WOC here is another indicator that the audience for this book is somewhatimitedIf your ibrary 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 ibraries will not fall into its bracket An optional purchase everywhere except suburbia and Silicon Valley 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 add practical guide to avoiding burnout by cultivating regular intervals of rest and a full Black Wings of Cthulhu life outside of work in order to have aonger and fulfilling work Girl on the Verge life in theong run Alternative title Cause and Correlation How confusing the two makes for poor argumentsI really hate to give this such a poor rating but as a book
that s what it deserves The underlying theory is solid enough and I actually agree with the conclusionss what it deserves The underlying theory is solid enough and I actually agree with the conclusions author makes on the topic of rest but unfortunately the way this book went about trying to prove his theory was just awful Each chapter started off well enough with a description of a rest techniue but then instead of any sort of compelling scientific or Women and Alcohol in a Highland Maya Town: Water of Hope, Water of Sorrow Revised Edition logical arguments we got an endlessist of mini biographies of people who happened to use that techniue One or two examples would have been than enough to show that there might be some correlation between a resting techniue and real world achievements even if you re naive enough to believe that a single factor is ever enough to explain anyone s person We shouldn t regard rest as a mere physical necessity to be satisfied grudgingly we should see it as an opportunity When we stop and rest properly we re not paying a tax on creativity We re investing in it pg 11I think we re iving in a culture that generally glorifies busyness and a frantic pace of achievement That s not newsAlex Soojung Kim Pang takes a deep dive into the science of rest and shares the insight that taking breaks isn t something we should sueeze into our schedule Rest he argues is as important as the work itself Four of his major points are work and rest are partners rest is active rest is a skill and deliberate rest stimulates and sustains creativityI was particularly interested in the creativity related point of Pang s hypothesis You need time for rest because that s when the unconscious mind can get to work You can t command inspiration to appear but you can nudge 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. ,