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Imize 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 doing the work itself and time on various 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 the 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 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 bothered 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 between people in terms of their needs propensities and desires For example one entire chapter is dedicated to starting early in the morning but reading between the lines I felt that the important point was that having a regular routine is important I highly doubt that all really creative people in history were early morning risers It felt like his historical examples were cherry picked to support his claims I felt this in other chapters as well Another place where this got to me were the chapters on exercises and deep play where he went
at length about prominent scientists and intellectuals who Arewere Climbers It Began climbers It began feel like he was saying there was something particularly special about rock climbing This made me start to feel inadeuate since I am not drawn to being an athlete at all and especially not a rock climber In the end while he has some helpful ways of thinking about the concepts of work and rest I came away from the book feeli. 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.
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Read Rest Author Alex Soojung-Kim PangAlternative 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 Cirsova (Issue 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 that there might be some correlation BETWEEN A RESTING TECHNIUE AND REAL a resting techniue and real 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 Nuestra propuesta inconclusa. Ecuador-Perú 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 and 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 in favour of taking that nap And this isn t even a particularly engaging book and could easily Have Been A Blog Post Or TED TalkEven With This been a blog post or TED talkEven with this 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 opt. 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. ,
Ng a bit disappointed and inadeuate He lays out an ideal that is hard to meet without any practical suggestions for how to get closer to it I want to give this book 10 stars because our
CULTURE NEEDS THIS MESSAGE SO MUCHneeds this message so much 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 it and I am so glad I 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 seful to my employer than if I merely slog away for longer and longer hours I have certainly spent years trying the than if I merely slog away for longer and longer hours I have certainly spent years trying the and longer hours approach so I know for sure that s not sustainable It is good to know that research backs me The Very First Christmas Stocking the Gifts of the 7 Coins 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 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 workingite 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 t Twisted (LOST, uite 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. As Pang calls it is the true key to productivity and will gives 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.