Working less might make you more productive

Do you question today’s always-on, workaholic culture and what it’s doing to our health and our productivity? A new book notes that leading figures throughout history – including Charles Darwin and Ingmar Bergman – have achieved huge success, despite only spending a few hours at work every day.

Alex Soojung-Kim Pan’s book REST: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less discusses the way Darwin and other household names lived balanced lives, combining their careers with other interests – or simply spent time idling.

We can all learn from this, argues Elyse Romano. Rather than eating lunch at your desk, while ineffectually multitasking or browsing the internet, you can improve your mental and physical health by taking a walk or just entering a different space. If you’re engaged in creative work, refusing to rest will soon lead to burnout. Instead, downtime and intentionally doing nothing give you the space and clarity you need to recharge –  essential for performing well.

Why doing nothing and wasting time is actually good for you

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