At a Glance: Take a break! Dr. Pang explains why you shouldn’t skimp on rest and how to leverage its many benefits.
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Rest is an elusive concept for most University of Phoenix students. But according to Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, recharging your batteries should be a top priority. A rest expert, Dr. Pang is a respected technology forecaster, a visiting scholar at Stanford University, and the author of “Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less.” According to Pang, “Overwork in the long run is bad for people and organizations, and also bad for productivity.” Rest, on the other hand, “is an essential component of good work.”

Feeling like your batteries could use a quick charge? Take a minute to rest and read a few of these powerful excerpts from Pang’s book, and get inspired to take a load off:

“Rest is not something that the world gives us. It’s never been a gift. It’s never been something you do when you’ve finished everything else. If you want rest, you have to take it.”

“You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.”

“…discoveries in sleep research, psychology, neuroscience, organizational behavior, sports medicine, sociology and other fields have given us a wealth of insight into the unsung but critical role that rest plays in strengthening the brain, enhancing learning, enabling inspiration, and making innovation sustainable.”

“…restorative daytime naps, insight-generating long walks, vigorous exercise, and lengthy vacations aren’t unproductive interruptions; they help creative people do their work.”

Sure, finding time to rest may feel like a luxury you can’t afford. But try working one or more of Pang’s tips into your routine for just one week and decide for yourself if it’s worth it. Chances are you’ll be thankful you did!


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