Rest by Alex Soojung–Kim Pang (E–book)
Same stuff different bookWhich is not necessarily a bad thing Given that We Don T Seem don t seem 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 etting RR the stuff you already know but with the science behind it And the science is very oodinterestingThe problem for a lot 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 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 et 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 The Pirate Queen: Queen Elizabeth I, Her Pirate Adventurers, and the Dawn of Empire good rest strategies wereenerally 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 urban area with reat wealth disparities It s not that Pang doesn t have reat 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 Valley We shouldn t regard rest as a mere physical necessity to be satisfied Cooked: From the Streets to the Stove, from Cocaine to Foie Gras 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 thatenerally Fat 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 canet to work You can t command inspiration to appear but you can nudge it most notably by working steadily and regularly The romantic image of the artist who does nothing until he s inspired and then produces in a furious burst of work is misleading pg 91Pang looked into the 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 Lost And Found Bride go on to become leaders in their fields pg 67The rest of the day thateniuses such as Charles Darwin or Ernest Hemingway lived were filled with activities like long 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 oingWhat these activities may be vary from person to person but 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 lazy it is one of the building blocks of a creative and productive life Sign me up 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 us less efficient and less effective 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.
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang ↠ 7 downloadAnd 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 the things he points out have been effective stimulators of creativity in my own personal experience I find his examples of a
routine of four 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 uidance on how the things he is discussing might apply to those of us 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 American Kinship: A Cultural Account got to me were the chapters on exercises and deep play where he went on at length about prominent scientists and intellectuals who arewere rock climbers It began to 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 feeling a bit disappointed and inadeuate He lays out an ideal that is hard to meet without any practical suggestions for how toet closer to it title Cause and Correlation How the two makes for poor argumentsI really hate to An Ethics of Interrogation 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 conclusions the 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 logical arguments weot an endless list 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 personal successThe especially annoying thing is that I really believe that the core ideas of this book should be mainstream Simply using my own anecdotal experiences with a number of the topics covered in this book I can confidently say that my uality of life and work have improved thanks to them However I can t in Ancestral Voices: Religion and Nationalism in Ireland good conscience recommend this book to anyone for a number of reasons Firstly there s very littleood science used 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 Animal Ecology 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 useful and interesting content comprises about a fifth of the book and even then most of the advice is stuff most people already know like thatetting a ood 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 iving practical advice on how to optimize one s work life balanc. As Pang calls it is the true key to productivity and will John for Everyone: Part One, Chapters 1-10 give 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 toet don. 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 of some of our Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde 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 i practicaluide 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 longer and fulfilling work life in the run The author says rest is just as important as work because uality rest makes work time energeticStructured Routine Of Four
Creative Efficient And Inspiredand inspired can mean taking a walk taking a nap Betting on Ideas: Wars, Inventions, Inflation going on vacation indulging in a hobby He has suchood 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 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 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 Being after Rousseau: Philosophy and Culture in Question 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 Itives 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 looks like 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 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 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 t uite figure it out I want to Berlioz and His Century: An Introduction to the Age of Romanticism 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 the library copy and buy one to keep The message seemed so obvious I was a little hesitant at first but a uick dip at random convinced me to read it and I am solad I did I ve been trying to change my workaholic ways and this book persuades me that not only is that ood for me but it will also be ood 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 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 Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson good to know that research backs me up on this and lots ofreat stories which you will enjoy reading if you follow my suggestion of Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture getting ahold of this book at the earliest available opportunity 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 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. 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.