Deliberate Rest

A blog about getting more done by working less

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Reviews, interviews, podcasts, and other appearances of me, REST, or The Distraction Addiction

“Rest condemns neither hard work nor perfectionism, but rather celebrates both”

Scenes from Tokyo

The Japanese edition of REST will be out in a few weeks, and I’ve started thinking about pieces that I could pitch to magazines and newspapers.

But it turns out that Joji Sakurai beat me to it in the New Statesman: Continue reading

I’m interviewed on local access middle school TV

So in January I was in Munich, being interviewed by Arianna Huffington.

This month, I was interviewed on KMTV Winter Middle School Camp. (My nephew was in the camp, and invited me to be interviewed.)

It was fun. You can watch it in the embed above; my interview starts at 33:40. Or watch it on YouTube.

Just remember: there’s no such thing as a small media request.

Talking about “The Importance of Rest” on RadioWest

From my appearance on "West Coast Live" at Berkeley Freight & Salvage

My interview with Doug Fabrizio on The Importance of Rest | RadioWest is now up on the KUER Web site. Doug was a fabulous interviewer, so it’s a particularly good conversation.

For most of us, overwork is the new normal and rest is an afterthought. But the scholar Alex Soojung-Kim Pang says that by dismissing the importance of rest in our lives we stifle our ability to think creatively and truly recharge. Pang will join us to talk about his new book that examines why long walks, afternoon naps, vigorous exercise, and “deep play” stimulate creative work and sustain creative lives.

On Inside Mastery

I’m a guest on this week’s Inside Mastery podcast, talking with host Martin Soorjoo about REST,  performance, and productivity. You can listen on Soundcloud, or iTunes.

This picture of me on the Inside Mastery Web page is a bit goofy (it’s from an event I did in Los Angeles a few years ago), but the conversation was fun and informative.

And Martin gets some very interesting guests– Two Awesome Hours author Josh Davis, and Sleep author Nick Littlehales, both of whom are really smart, were on earlier episodes– so it’s well worth subscribing to the podcast.

REST in Red Bulletin magazine; or, beaten by Metallica in four languages

Red Bulletin March 2017

Red Bulletin, the magazine published by energy drink company Red Bull, has an interview with me about Rest. The magazine is better-known for running pieces about extreme sports, rock musicians, sports cars, and the like; but I guess they recognize that ice climbing after driving your Aston Martin from the rock concert can get tiring.
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Embodied cognition and Rest

Recently I talked with Dutch company Made4Motion founder Sanne Clifford about rest, how we think about busyness, and the role that physical movement plays in stimulating creativity.


The latter is a really interesting subject.

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Because we “treat overwork as a badge of honour… we have forgotten the importance of rest”

When I was in London in November, I had a number of interviews with reporters who had agreed to do magazine pieces about REST. The Evening Standard article was the first to come out, and today I saw that the Express‘ Sunday magazine ran “The best ways of resting:”

If someone sighs and tells you they are far too busy to deal with you at the moment, the chances are they are not so much apologising as quietly boasting about their hectic work schedule.
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My DLD17 session with Arianna Huffington is now online

My session on Rest (or as it was called in the program, REST!!!) at DLD17 is now up online. Arianna Huffington and I talk about deliberate rest, multitasking, and more.

Or, to put it another way, Arianna is onstage, and I happen to be there too. Still hard for me to process.

The audio doesn’t sync up perfectly (at least in the 15 times I’ve watched and reloaded it!), but otherwise, hey. It’s cool.

Not to sound too much like a fanboy, but it was fabulous to spend time with her. She’s really nice in person, and was as generous with her time at the conference as she was in her New York Times review and Lifehacker shout-out. I met a lot of people who I wouldn’t have otherwise, which is always a good moment at a conference.

And DLD is an extraordinary event. It’s one of the few conferences I’ve been to where I can genuinely say everyone was interesting, and I never felt like I had to disentangle myself from a conversation that felt like it was going nowhere with someone I didn’t want to be around. For someone who has to make a conscious effort at small talk, this is a huge thing, and something I really appreciated about the conference.

Not to mention the fact that Munich is wonderful, and the venue was awesome (despite being a confusing Inception-style combination of three different buildings joined together by a series of catwalks and open spaces designed by M. C. Escher).

Evening Standard and Polish Express on Rest

When I was over in London in November, one of the journalists who interviewed me was the Evening Standard’s Katie Law. Her article came out a few days ago, with the wonderful lede, “Never miss a daily nap or finish your sentences,” which is just…

Well, anyway.
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Review of Rest in The Hindu

Out in tomorrow’s (today’s?) issue of The Hindu, a review of Rest by Sudhamahi Regunathan:

The new year brings some good news. Alex Soojung-Kim Pang says, “Rest more and work less, you will be successful.” He has just released a book by the same title.

As one reads the title, one gets those fleeting fictional images of kings who lay in bed and grapes fell into their mouths, they clapped their hands and maids came in with all kinds of services, they…the imaginative exercise has to stop for Pang intervenes to say, “There are some misconceptions we have about rest…that it is always a completely passive, inactive thing. Rest is not sitting on the sofa and doing nothing. Often, the best and most restorative kind of rest, the kind that recharge our mental batteries and give us energy are active, they can be physically strenuous, mentally challenging, what matters is they take us out of our work day world. They give our minds and opportunity to subconsciously think about and try out new ideas and they provide us with new ideas that we are not able to get in our routine, but which we need to get ahead.”

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