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‘Rest’ is the best way to work says author Alex Pang




Japanese businessmen take naps on benches in Hibiya park, central Tokyo, 04 August 1994.
Japanese businessmen take naps on benches in Hibiya park, central Tokyo, 04 August 1994.
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According to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s latest research, “work hard now, play hard later” is general wisdom that robs the mind of creativity, productivity and the chance to thrive.

Pang details his research in his new book “REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less,” and argues that the way to achieve a rich and fulfilling life is not by sacrificing leisure to work harder, but to follow the likes of Charles Dickens who enjoyed long strolls, or Thomas Edison and Winston Churchill who made time for afternoon naps.

Americans are among the “most hours logged” workers in the world, averaging about 35 to 50 hours a week. If you’re feeling overworked and under-rested, Pang offers tips to help carve out time for what he calls "deliberate rest."

Guest:

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, founder of the Restful Company and author of “REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less” (Basic Books, 2016); he tweets @askpang