Friday, May 29, 2020

Time Off


Normally, I review children’s books, but I thought this topic was important for those grownups who care for and teach children. Time Off: A Practical Guide to Building Your Rest Ethic and Finding Success Without the Stress, a book by John Fitch and Max Frenzel, was just released.  It is an in-depth look at time spent not working and the concept of rest ethic.  The authors begin with a stroll through the history of the view of work vs. leisure, beginning with the ancient hunter-gatherer cultures. It is interesting to contrast how the ancients only did enough work to ensure survival, whereas today, work tends to consume us and leaves little time for true relaxation.

 
John Fitch & Max Frenzel

Nine traits are presented to show the importance of mindfully incorporating time off in one’s life.  The authors show how a good rest ethic is as important as a good work ethic.  They recount the benefits of rest, including better health and greater productivity and creativity when working. They show how excessive time spent working can actually be counterproductive.  The final chapter takes a thought-provoking look at the future and how people will compete with artificial intelligence. Throughout the book the authors invite the reader to engage in the topics they discuss by suggesting an activity to practice the topic. I like the profiles peppered throughout the book that make it an interesting read and illustrate the authors’ points.

 

I expected this to be “researchy” and “textbooky” book.  While the authors do support their work with research, it is not at all a dull book.  I enjoyed reading it and learned a great deal.  It is a book that will cause the readers to reflect on their own attitudes and habits related to work ethic and rest ethic.

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