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Relax, it’s only work
This month we examine books with counterintuitive takes on work.
REST: WHY YOU GET
MORE DONE WHEN
YOU WORK LESS
BY ALEX SOOJUNG-KIM PANG
PENGUIN $29.99 [END SUB]
“Rest is not work’s adversary.
Rest is work’s partner. They
complement and complete
each other.” This is the
central thesis, premise and jumping off point of
Soojung-Kim Pang’s book and after finishing its
300 engaging pages you will feel energised – oddly
enough – to get better at resting.
Broken up into two parts, Stimulating
Creativity and Sustaining Creativity, the book’s
most winning tactic is to explain the latest science
on the benefits of rest and then support this
evidence with smartly written anecdotes from
some of history’s most famous people. You will be
surprised by the amount of time figures as diverse
as Charles Darwin and Bill Gates have devoted
Learning about the greats is a fantastic way of
tackling the guilt any modern reader is likely to
feel at the mention of avoiding a rigorous nine-
to-five. It’s hard to feel shame for your lunchtime
walk when you learn that Winston Chu rchill took
a midday nap and a bath during the Blitz.
A common fault of self-help books like this one
is that they tend to be either overly optimistic, and
premised on a single new scientific idea that hasn’t
been tested enough to know if it’s truly useful.
Or, they’re too cautious, and resort to trying to
repackage basic facts like “exercise is good” into
something more fanciful. Rest strikes the right
balance. When it talks about exercise it connects
specific varieties with the fields for which they’ve
shown the most benefit.
And that’s the thing, it’s not about relaxation
of any sort – the book offers tips and analysis of
the types of rest that are most helpful for your life
and labours, including walks, sabbaticals, and
something called ‘deep play’.
It’s fun as well, and will get you experimenting
with how you would typically approach your time
off. I ’ve napped before but I’d never tried the Dalí
method – of doing so in a chair with my palms
open and facing upward with a large key between
the thumb and forefinger of my left hand.
When you finally do drift off, the key you were
holding hits the floor, wakes you, and you’ve
accessed what sleep scientists call the ‘hypnagogic
sleep state’ where the mind is hyper associative
and distant thoughts combine into potentially
This kind of practical information goes a long
way to making the apparent paradox – that not
working is needed for good work – become a
personal truth. Now all you have to do is convince
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BY HARRY CLARK
GREENLEAF BOOK GROUP
$10.69 (FOR THE EBOOK)
Clark highlights a neglected subject:
experiencing business failure. Stories of success are
easy to come by, but Clark’s treatment of mistakes
proves far more compelling. Some stories recount
the 2008 crisis, and some relate to the real estate
bust that pulled down many millionaires. Clark’s
presentation of the habitual nature of entrepreneurs
and their weaknesses offer memorable lessons. •••
DEEP WORK: RULES FOR
FOCUSED SUCCESS IN A
BY CAL NEWPORT
GRAND CENTRAL $22
Professor Cal Newport presents
a multipart argument for deep,
concentrated work and provides tips on how
to arrange your life to achieve it. People face
increasing distractions that drive them toward
shallow work but work that demands a full
focus is intrinsically valuable and rewarding, he
says. In an information economy, an ability to
handle “deep work” grows ever more vital.
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