That elusive work-life balance

“Creativity doesn’t drive the work; the work drives creativity,”Alex Soojung-Kim Pang writes in his new book, Why You Get More Done When You Work Less. “A routine creates a landing place for the muse.”

Pang, a researcher at the Institute for the Future, a Silicon Valley think tank, stresses that what allows our work to open up that space for creative brilliance is not toughing it out over long hours of overtime, skipping vacations and boasting to colleagues about our sleepless nights. No, what the human mind needs most to expand, stretch and create is REST.

How do you address the perpetual lack of quality rest in your work life?

As we head into the hectic pre-holiday season scramble, insist on carving out time for purposeful rest away from the office, the email and the smartphone. Your weary mind will thank you for it.

Read the New York Times’ review of Pang’s fascinating book.

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