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That expect a minimum of 8 hours a day "on the job This surprised me since he is supposedly a silicon valley thinkerThere was also another thing that " the job This surprised me since he is supposedly a silicon valley thinkerThere was also another thing that me about the book his tone comes across as a little bit presumptuous or all knowing That is it felt like he was basically saying to be most creative you must do x y and z without allowing for the vast differences betwee I #Want To Give This Book 10 Stars Our Culture #to give this book 10 stars because culture 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 ick 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 effective and creative when I do work so that I am Disney Infinity: Character Encyclopedia 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 mep 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 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 Dance With The Devil uite a lotThe 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 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 of a success Or would the energy to become successful follow if you pursued sports and music Can tite figure it out The cover is misleading This is not a book about idleness but it is also not about how you have to be a 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 looking at your emails etc It s explaining the benefits of positive recommendations like napping It gives evidence that s somewhat convincing eg the prospective study of scientists to back p the points it s making Unfortunately it wastes too many pages on ngeneralizable psychology experiments and on neurobollocks see Brainwashed The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience It looks like serious non fiction with a theme that runs throughout the book and is built p 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 The author say. 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. .
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 nderlying theory is solid enough and I actually agree with the conclusions the author makes on the topic of rest but 1898 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 logical arguments we got an endless list of mini biographies of people who happened tose that techniue One or two examples would have Been Than Enough To Show than enough to show 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 personal successThe especially annoying thing is that I really believe that the core ideas of this book should be mainstream Simply Night of the Werewolf (Choose Your Own Nightmare, using my own anecdotal experiences with a number of the topics covered in this book I can confidently say that myality of life and work have improved thanks to them However I can t in good conscience recommend this book to anyone for a number of reasons Firstly there s very little good science sed to properly justify the author s assertions with most of the examples being from small studies with mostly dubious protocols and assertions Second the primary arguments are all based on logical fallacies such as appeals to authority cherry picking data appeals to popularity and false cause arguments Next there s the problem of the practicality of his ideas It s all well popularity and false cause arguments Next there s the problem of the practicality of his ideas It s all well good to claim that 4 6 hours of focused work is ideal in a day and to make time for walks naps and exercise but most people work in organizations where they don t have the luxury of defining their own hours and aren t able to neglect pressing issues like chores in favour of taking that nap And lastly this isn t even a particularly engaging book and could easily have been a blog post or TED talkEven with this book being so short the actual seful and interesting content comprises about a fifth of the book and even then most of the advice is stuff most people already know like that getting a good night s sleep is important and that engaging hobbies help with alleviating work related stress I found a somewhat similar book Deep Work to be far better in terms of giving practical advice on how to optimize one s work life balance In Rest Alex Soojung Kim Pang ses science mostly psych studies and a few brain studies and historical examples to explore the concept of deliberate rest He posits that the best way to optimize one s creativity and focus for deep intellectual and creative work is to actually spend less 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 integrate and process thus rendering the actual focused work time highly productiveI think he makes many important points about the damaging ways work is viewed #in our current culture and I have personally found that many of #our current culture and I have personally found that many of things he points out have been effective stimulators of creativity in my own personal experience I find his examples of a structured routine of four hours of focused work followed by a walk nap correspondence etc is very appealing However I was frustrated that in the end the book is not particularly practical and provides no guidance on how the things he is discussing might apply to those of s with corporate jobs. 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. S rest is just as important as work because Beyond the Qumran Community 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 readickly 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 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 fulfilling work life in the long run 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 like badges of honor when in reality these things make s less efficient and 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 the lives 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 living 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 ski 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 science is very goodinterestingThe problem for a lot of readers is that these strategies assume you re a middle to class white collar person who has the kind 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 as examples of folks who practiced good rest strategies 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 limitedIf 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 rban 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 Valle. As Pang calls it is the true key to productivity and will give Losing Control us 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 if we actually want to get don.