14 Alex Soojung-Kim Pang – The Power of Rest and Play for Performance and Productivity

Alex Soojong-Kim Pang on Inside Mastery with Martin Soorjoo

Today’s guest is author Alex Soojung-Kim Pang, who explains how we can use the power of rest and play for performance and productivity.

Alex is the author of Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less, and The Distraction Addiction, and holds a PhD in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

In this episode Alex talks about active rest, the importance of serious hobbies and vacation time, and what we can learn from the daily rituals of many creative geniuses.

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“Deliberate rest is a kind of spectrum of practices that you can do on a daily level.” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

Show Notes:

  • How burnout gave Alex his revelation
  • Creative geniuses, and the daily consistency
  • Why work and play should not be competing for our time
  • How leisure time can “recharge our battery”
  • The difference between active and passive rest
  • How active rest can stimulate creativity
  • Rest and leisure… as an individual pursuit
  • How to take advantage of active rest, if you work for more than four hours a day
  • The power of detachment in our work/rest balance
  • Why serious hobbies and vacations are important
  • Just like you make time for work… MAKE TIME FOR REST!
  • Why a work/play balance could save you and your work from many mistakes
  • What really matters… the definition of FOCUS
  • How companies are changing to give people better working conditions
  • The benefits of the “trial by fire” work week, and why it should end

“The really successful people choose hobbies that offer an interesting mix of psychological rewards.” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

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“Maybe it’s the case that we actually do better work when we make time for these other important things in our lives.” – Alex Soojung-Kim Pang