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Deliberate Rest: What it is and how you can use it to recharge
For most people, taking a break means 15 minutes to grab a coffee or a weekend out of town. But more research is showing that to do our best work, we need to do less of it. And not just in a cram-more-into-the-workday sense.

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“Work and rest are actually partners. They are like different parts of a wave. You can’t have the high without the low. The better you are at resting, the better you will be at working.”

Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

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Why we don't take time off

  • We think more work should equal more output: we see productivity not as doing more with less. But simply doing more.
  • We’re afraid of being “left behind”:  not onl...

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Deliberate rest

It is a play on the term “deliberate practice” and it means engaging with restful activities that are often vigorous and mentally engaging.

It is not a continuation of work, ...

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During periods of deliberate rest

  • Be unreachable: the more available you are to requests, emails, and messages, the more likely you’ll be to give up on your resting time.
  • Focus on the important, yet n...

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