The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

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"Brims with a surprising amount of insight and practical advice." -- The Wall Street Journal

Daniel H. Pink, the #1 bestselling author of Drive and To Sell Is Human , unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help you flourish at work, at school, and at home.

Everyone knows that timing is everything. But we don't know much about timing itself. Our lives are a never-ending stream of "when" decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork.

Timing, it's often assumed, is an art. In W hen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing , Pink shows that timing is really a science.

Drawing on a rich trove of research from psychology, biology, and economics, Pink reveals how best to live, work, and succeed. How can we use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule? Why do certain breaks dramatically improve student test scores? How can we turn a stumbling beginning into a fresh start? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why is singing in time with other people as good for you as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married?

In When , Pink distills cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating, readable narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
Publisher: New York, NY : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018
ISBN: 9780735210622
Branch Call Number: 153.753 PINK
Characteristics: 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Sep 27, 2018

’ve shared more information with teachers about timing and learning than I’ve ever shared before from a book. I wish the book had been available before I retired. There is lots of good information for people in any career.

Jun 14, 2018

Refreshing and light, with some great science and actionable items for daily application! Thoroughly enjoyed.

Jun 11, 2018

This book is for people who have no common sense and are not in tune with their own bodies or personality. Book should have been whittled down as a magazine article!

May 21, 2018

Informative and fascinating in places, but a bit drawn out and overly elaborated in others. The "self-help" chapters seemed redundant and read as if they had been added to make the book a marketable length.

May 02, 2018

This book is a compilation on multiple studies on chronobiology and its manifestations in other areas like psychology, anthropology and team dynamics. While this book is clearly designed with the mass market in mind, it still offer some good insights on how to apply the concepts of circadian rhythms to everyday life.

If you are looking for a more in-depth, scientific based literature about chronotherapy I highly suggest to read the following: Terman, Michael | Chronotherapy - Resetting your Inner Clock to Boost Mood, Alertness, and Quality Sleep.

Apr 13, 2018

More affirming than surprising. A more entertaining read as a self help book.

Apr 10, 2018

I feel like I've read many of the issues/suggestions presented here before, but I also feel like this is the first time they've "clicked" for me to the point where I changed my actions. Specifically, I've come to better understand when I'm most productive and focused, and have started scheduling my focused vs "a monkey could do it" tasks based on this understanding. I've also started to take a quick screen-free rest at my lowest part of the day (3-3:30) as often as can be accomodated. I feel healthier and more productive.

Apr 07, 2018

Pink's attempt to create a "When-To" literature, along the lines of popular "How-To" books. Some of the information is very interesting--such as learning your own circadian rhythms (lark, owl, etc.), when to schedule hospital operations, and why early school openings are so difficult for teenagers--and some of it gets far too structured for my tastes. Key takeaway: humans, just like other living organisms, have optimal times.

Apr 07, 2018

I admit I've read so many books about this sort of thing that they all start to sound the same. There's a good bit of new research in this book, and it's easy to read and really enjoyable, but after hearing the author plug his book on podcast after podcast, I feel like I've already read it.

So I only read about the first third. Maybe someday I'll get back to it. Like if I have a lobotomy and forgot all this that I've already heard and read and known just by being curious about how to be a good person in the world.

Skip reading it and remember that you're at your best in the morning, worst in the afternoon, and better in the evening. But you probably already knew that.

Mar 29, 2018

This was an easy read with a "self-help" feel. It was worth a read through but I wouldn't buy it for my own collection or read it again.

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