Deliberate Rest: What it is and how you can use it to recharge
Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
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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, but a way to find activities that let you recharge from your workday, while still being mentally productive.
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