innovation & creativity | December 14, 2016

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s New Book “superbly illustrates” the Need for Better, Deliberate Rest, Says Arianna Huffington in NYT

In Sunday’s NYT Book Review, Arianna Huffington raves about Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s new book Rest. It’s “such a valuable book,” she says, because Pang “superbly illuminates [the] phenomenon” of nonwork—that tuning out more deliberately unlocks our most creative and productive minds. 

Pang’s first book, 2013’s The Distraction Addiction, taught us to use our digital devices—often sources of distraction and forfeited time—to be more focused and mindful. Now, in Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, he draws on modern neuropsychology and historical greats to demonstrate that time spent in purposeful rest and mind-wandering are as essential to high performance as time at work.


To Huffington, bestselling author of The Sleep Revolution, Pang’s groundbreaking new book disrupts “our collective delusion that burnout is simply the price we must pay for success.” Our notion of “work-life balance,” she says, is one that places the two states in a false dichotomy, or a polarization that Pang—“the philosopher reintegrating our bifurcated selves”—ably tears down. “Work and rest aren’t opposites like black and white or good and evil,” Pang writes. “They’re more like different points on life’s wave.”


Pick up a copy of Rest (in stores now), and learn how doing nothing is actually the key to doing more. 


To learn more on the surprising benefits of deliberate rest, visit Alex Soojung-Kim Pang’s blog “The Rest Project”—which he updates regularly with the latest findings in rest and productivity. Or, book a live keynote from Pang by contacting The Lavin Agency speakers bureau, his exclusive representative for speaking engagements.

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