When
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 When: 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?

When Details

TitleWhen
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 9th, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
ISBN-139780735210622
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Business, Self Help, Science

When Review

  • da AL
    January 1, 1970
    The author does an entertaining job of writing and reading. He does an admirable job of making one contemplate the importance of considering timing -- one's inner rhythms and those of others. Too bad it often rings of glossy pop psychology, though -- an amalgamation of sometimes iffy statistics via sweeping conclusions...
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  • Marianne
    January 1, 1970
    4.5★sWhen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is the fourth book by bestselling American author, Daniel H. Pink. If we’re making an important life decision, what we decide obviously requires careful consideration. But what about when we decide? Could the time of day that we make a decision be significant? Could the time of day affect how well we learn or do our work? Does it really matter when we have that first cup of coffee? According to Dan Pink, it definitely does.In this intriguing bo 4.5★sWhen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is the fourth book by bestselling American author, Daniel H. Pink. If we’re making an important life decision, what we decide obviously requires careful consideration. But what about when we decide? Could the time of day that we make a decision be significant? Could the time of day affect how well we learn or do our work? Does it really matter when we have that first cup of coffee? According to Dan Pink, it definitely does.In this intriguing book, Pink examines the importance of good and bad timing. He begins by explaining how our individual chronotype (easily established) determines both our mood and our ability to perform at any given time of the day: how it affects our professional and our ethical judgements, as well as our physical function.But he doesn’t just pontificate on the best time to do something for future success and happiness. He acknowledges that not everyone can control their work environment or the financial climate as they enter the job market. Pink also gives practical suggestions for dealing with less than ideal conditions, as well as hints and tips to improve everyday life. Pink supports his points with data and simple, clear graphs. The depth of his research is apparent in every paragraph, and supported by his extremely comprehensive (26-page) notes section detailing references for each chapter. As well as six suggestions for further reading, Pink includes an 8-page index. But the most useful thing about this book is his Time Hacker’s Handbook: salient points from each section are condensed into summaries full of hints and tips and practical exercises that appear after each of the first six chapters. Pink explains in detail: why having a coffee before a power nap makes sense; why combining a lunch break with an education session at 1pm (as some teaching hospitals do with their Grand Rounds) is counterproductive (ditto 8am lectures for University students); when the worst time to be a hospital patient is, and why; and the reason some people have the so-called “mid-life crisis”. He looks at the effects of starting one’s career during a depressed jobs-market; why a mid-point (in a project, in a career, in a life) can cause a slump or a spark; how to overcome a bad start; when to quit your job; when to get married; when to exercise; the importance of breaks; and much, much more. Illustrating his points are choirs and rowing teams and basketballers and dubbawalas delivering tiffin tins and Hanukkah candles and the captain of the Lusitania. Pink’s fourth book should be compulsory reading for bosses, educators, and schedulers, for policymakers, company executives, and performers, but there is plenty in this fascinating book that the average person will find applicable to their lives. This is a quick read that rewards time spent with some excellent insights. Recommended!
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  • 7jane
    January 1, 1970
    (since my paperback version is not here, I use the hardcover one.)music: Robert Palmer - "Housework" (like the little twist to the story in this song)This book is a good one to have when trying to improve one's life, at work and at home. When-decision times come in so many ways: changing jobs, starting a project, running a marathon, when to exercise... it's importantly to do things not in a haphazard way, especially with important decisions.This book is good when you want to build an ideal sched (since my paperback version is not here, I use the hardcover one.)music: Robert Palmer - "Housework" (like the little twist to the story in this song)This book is a good one to have when trying to improve one's life, at work and at home. When-decision times come in so many ways: changing jobs, starting a project, running a marathon, when to exercise... it's importantly to do things not in a haphazard way, especially with important decisions.This book is good when you want to build an ideal schedule, have a fresh start, or see time as a friend, not an enemy. Each chapter has a "time hacker handbook" in the end, where you can learn the best bits of the chapter, and use them in your life. You might want to keep a bookmark in this Place to be able to see what things are mentioned in the text and which are just in the main text. At the end are some suggestions for further reading (just books).Plenty of studies are included (examples: Twitter's emotion moods during the day, hospital handwashing, student gym attendace, state of well-being in zoo apes, age of first-time marathon runners, and an interesting study of the dabbawalas of Mumbai, how they work every day).How the text is broken down: Pt.1: the day + breaks in it; Pt.2: beginnings + middles + ends; Pt.3: coordinatings with others + time in language and use.Some things that appear in the text that are interesting to me: - biological clock; lark, owl, & third bird-persons- importance of appointment time- the ”nappucino” (coffee and a nap)- recessions impact on the luck at getting work after graduation- ”midlife crisis” (term since 1965)- 9-enders (ages of 29, 39, 49…): challenges or destruction (of self, cheating etc.) starting thenThis was a good read to me. I found it very helpful – inspiring me, surprising me, making me think. Self-improvement really benefits from good timing, and this book really help you with it. There is certain plenty of ideas for everyone, wherever they are in life. I recommend this :)
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  • L.A. Starks
    January 1, 1970
    Pink has written a gem of a how-to book that cites and summarizes a huge amount of research on how to get things accomplished more efficiently, despite basic biological/organizational challenges like afternoon lulls and beginning-of-project chaos. Readers will close the book with several ideas about how to make better, happier use of each day's hours. Don't miss the last section on the joys of synchronicity, from crew to choral singing to the tradition in India of lunch delivery.Highly recommend Pink has written a gem of a how-to book that cites and summarizes a huge amount of research on how to get things accomplished more efficiently, despite basic biological/organizational challenges like afternoon lulls and beginning-of-project chaos. Readers will close the book with several ideas about how to make better, happier use of each day's hours. Don't miss the last section on the joys of synchronicity, from crew to choral singing to the tradition in India of lunch delivery.Highly recommended.
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  • Christopher Lawson
    January 1, 1970
    In WHEN: THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING, author Daniel Pink shares scientific, surprising findings that have serious consequences. Did you know, for instance, that the timing of your surgery is important? Studies show that far more mistakes are made later in the day, so be sure to get a morning appointment! Similarly, if you are in court, the disposition of the judge is a lot more lenient in the morning.To work the most efficiently, it's important to figure out your own cycle of effect In WHEN: THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING, author Daniel Pink shares scientific, surprising findings that have serious consequences. Did you know, for instance, that the timing of your surgery is important? Studies show that far more mistakes are made later in the day, so be sure to get a morning appointment! Similarly, if you are in court, the disposition of the judge is a lot more lenient in the morning.To work the most efficiently, it's important to figure out your own cycle of effectiveness--what the author calls "Waves of the Day." Each day, our disposition traverses three stages--a peak, a trough, and a recovery. So try to tailor your activities to match the best time for that type of task. For instance, most people do analytical tasks better in the morning, and more insightful tasks in the evening. The worst time to tackle serious problems is in the afternoon--that's the "trough" time. That period is your least effective time and "good for very little." Use that time to do trivial things like checking e-mail.The author provides a simple way to figure out if you are a "Lark" (early bird) or "Owl" (late riser). The cycles are different for each chronotype. Also, not all places are equally good for both types. For example, school schedules, with classes beginning early, are setup to favor the "larks," or early-risers. This is unfortunate, since many teens are at their best much later in the day. Here's something really scary: A study of parole judges showed a significant difference in their rulings, based on the time of day. If your hearing was scheduled in the afternoon, you had almost zero chance of winning a parole. However, if the judges took an afternoon break, their disposition drastically changed, and parole was far more likely. The author emphasizes the importance of "restorative breaks." These are especially important in countering the low time of the trough. Just a ten-minute break, such as a nature walk, can have an enormous impact. For school kids, taking a break is especially important. One Danish study showed that if students took a 20 minute break before a test, their scores were substantially higher. Restorative breaks should ideally be outside, with nature, and away from work. It's best to be moving, and with others: "Consider a short walk outside with a friend during which you discuss something other than work."When you start a task has a lasting effect on our attitude and our success. The author cites statistics showing the career path of graduates based on when they first started their career: "Beginnings stay with us far longer than we know; their effects linger to the end."So, starting anew, or a "fresh start" helps us recover from a false start. There are many ways and times to do the reset. In the section, "Eighty-Six Days in the Year when you can Make a Fresh Start" the author provides suggestions for starting anew. You can re-start on the first of the month, for example, or on an anniversary.I found the "Science of Endings" particularly intriguing. Research shows that we tend to remember events based on how they end. So, we can decide to change the ending to make it more positive and memorable: "If we're conscious of the power of closing moments and our ability to shape them, we can craft more memorable and meaningful endings in many realms of life. . .For example, if you are on vacation, plan a great close: "You'll enjoy the vacation more, both in the moment and in retrospect, if you consciously create an elevating final experience."The same priniciple applies at work--end your workday on a positive note. One easy trick is to take a few minutes to jot down your accomplishments for the day. This step of "recording what you've achieved can encode the entire day more positively." Ending the day with a moment of gratitude is another easy trick, and is a "powerful restorative." (Note: The author includes a surprising item of generiosity in the book itself. I hope you find it!)So all in all, I found WHEN to be a fascinating, fun read. The author is a witty writer, who brings a lot of humor to the subject. His experience as a speech-writer is evident in the quality of the writing. I enjoyed reading about the various studies that illustrated peak times and low times. The statistics showing the correlation of medical mistakes to the time of day was especially alarming. Perhaps the most alarming research was the study showing how parole board judges were stricter later in the day. If I ever have to appear before a parole board, I'm definitely asking the judges to first take a restorative break.
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  • Brandice
    January 1, 1970
    I really liked When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. The book was interesting. I was into it from the get-go but the last chapter was probably my favorite - thinking in terms of tenses. The book discusses the factor of time, in many facets of life: The impact of one decision and the timing in which you arrived at that decision. It discusses (among other things) the hidden pattern of every day life, beginnings, midpoints, and ends, synching and belonging, and thinking in I really liked When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. The book was interesting. I was into it from the get-go but the last chapter was probably my favorite - thinking in terms of tenses. The book discusses the factor of time, in many facets of life: The impact of one decision and the timing in which you arrived at that decision. It discusses (among other things) the hidden pattern of every day life, beginnings, midpoints, and ends, synching and belonging, and thinking in tenses. There are also interesting studies to support the points made - for example, it’s better to have surgery in the morning than the afternoon (studies show significantly less mistakes are made in the morning). There’s something to be learned for everyone here. “Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, and being in the present moment underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.Taken together, all of these studies suggest that the path to a life of meaning and significance isn’t to “live in the present” as so many spiritual gurus have advised. It is to integrate our perspectives on time into a coherent whole, one that helps us comprehend who we are and why we’re here.” Daniel Pink is, and has been, for many years, my favorite non-fiction author. He does a great job describing social studies and uncovering results and tips that can help people be better - at work and in life. His books are comprehendible but more importantly, really interesting - at least they always have been to me. He’s speaking at a local event about When that I look forward to attending soon!
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  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    I feel I have to stress that the title of this book is very misleading. This book doesn't convey any actual secrets and it also doesn't teach you much about perfecting your timing in any of the various scenarios that it covers. What it does teach you, is that there are certain trends and rhythms in many aspects of one's life, from your daily energy and focus levels to more general feelings and commonalities people experiences during a lifetime. There are also the few obligatory case studies focu I feel I have to stress that the title of this book is very misleading. This book doesn't convey any actual secrets and it also doesn't teach you much about perfecting your timing in any of the various scenarios that it covers. What it does teach you, is that there are certain trends and rhythms in many aspects of one's life, from your daily energy and focus levels to more general feelings and commonalities people experiences during a lifetime. There are also the few obligatory case studies focusing on business aspects and other fields such as education which means that pretty much anyone can find something relatable in this book.Pandering to the masses aside, it's actually a difficult book to actively dislike. Sure, there's very little here that's particularly new or mind-blowing, but the style in which it's written in is very engaging and very easy to follow. Having interesting, scientific case studies set up an idea and then following them up with concise discussions and lessons on the topic just works really well. The topics are also usually very applicable to one's own life, so you're constantly engaging with every topic and thinking of how it applies to you. I think it's fair to say that the author has got the formula for writing this type of non-fiction worked out pretty well.There were a few elements I didn't like though. The "practical advice" at the end of each chapter was either very obvious or very 'self-helpy'. What I mean by the latter is that the advice wasn't as practical as it sounded since it required implementing ideas that require a lot of mental effort and aren't very sustainable, much like the advice I've read in many self-help books that very few people can actually follow through on. Another smaller element I disliked was the cherry-picking of data and then using it as the basis for far-reaching theories. This is a common practice in books like this and while I suspect for many cases, the theories actually hold up, making broad generalizations sound like facts is unscientific and annoying. As the stars say, I liked this book. I'd even recommend it to most people simply for the exposure to some of the case studies and ideas brought up. It's a weird book though in that it's both engaging and a bit boring at the same time. The latter is probably due to some unnecessary repetition and foreknowledge of some of the ideas. The issues I had with it were mostly relatively minor though, so don't let my "average" rating put you off too much. The only warning I'd give to anyone thinking of reading this book is that you shouldn't go into it expecting to learn how to improve your timing, instead, expect to be made aware of timing related theories that are usually quite insightful.
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  • Mehrsa
    January 1, 1970
    It's my fault for reading this pathetic excuse for a book. It's not Pink's fault for writing a book that says nothing new at all or the publisher's fault for promoting a book that has absolutely no value whatsoever. I knew what it was when I picked it up. And yet, I am a sucker for self-help books that just regurgitate a bunch of soft science I already read in the New York Times. It's my fault. Don't make the same mistake. Maybe I made this terrible decision in the afternoon?
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  • kartik narayanan
    January 1, 1970
    Read the full review at my blog Digital AmritI used to believe that timing was everything. Now I believe that everything is timing.What is the book about?When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is written by Daniel Pink, famed author of books like Drive, A Whole New Mind, To Sell is Human etc. Daniel Pink talks about the importance of timing in this book. According to him, Timing is an emerging science and he explores this science further in ‘When’. Some of the themes he covers in this bo Read the full review at my blog Digital AmritI used to believe that timing was everything. Now I believe that everything is timing.What is the book about?When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is written by Daniel Pink, famed author of books like Drive, A Whole New Mind, To Sell is Human etc. Daniel Pink talks about the importance of timing in this book. According to him, Timing is an emerging science and he explores this science further in ‘When’. Some of the themes he covers in this book include when to change careers, deliver bad news, schedule a class, end a marriage, go for a run, or get serious about a project or a person.What does this book cover?When is a relatively short book with 7 chapters spread across three sections. The first section covers diurnal patterns i.e. how to arrange our daily life, when to drink coffee, the benefits of micro naps etc. The second section covers long terms patterns – how do we start habits, how we are influenced by beginnings and endings, how to deal with mid-life crises etc. The last section covers how to get into harmony with timings.Each chapter is also followed by a time hacking section which has practical advice on timing.Read the full review at my blog Digital Amrit
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  • UB
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up because lately, I can’t shake a sense of panic about time slipping through my fingers (babies becoming biggies will do that, so too will turning 39 in a few weeks, which the author spends some time talking about - “the nines” and how they approach life). No big surprises in this book but a quick and fun read nonetheless. Also, So. Much. Stanford. But I love that place, so...
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  • Daniel
    January 1, 1970
    I am a fan of Pink. In this book he talks about timing. 1. Most people do well in analytical tasks and have better mood in the morning, worse in the afternoon, and slightly better in the evening. That is, except the night owls. 2. Breaks are powerful and improve performance. A power nap of 20 minutes is good; it is even better if one drinks coffee just before the nap so that when one wakes up the coffee perks one up. 3. Beginnings are important. Students who start later for school do better. Gra I am a fan of Pink. In this book he talks about timing. 1. Most people do well in analytical tasks and have better mood in the morning, worse in the afternoon, and slightly better in the evening. That is, except the night owls. 2. Breaks are powerful and improve performance. A power nap of 20 minutes is good; it is even better if one drinks coffee just before the nap so that when one wakes up the coffee perks one up. 3. Beginnings are important. Students who start later for school do better. Graduates who start in a lousy economy earn less throughout their lives. So some sort of debt forgiveness should be given to them. 4. Midpoint can be bad or good. People’s happiness dip during midlife. In competitions, the team that is 1 score behind win more. 5. Endings will always be remembered. 6. Working in synchrony with others makes us happy. 7. People who speak languages with poor tenses ( Chinese, German, Finnish) prepare for retirement more, practice safer sex etc. There are other tidbits of timing: divorce peaks in March and August, 2 months after the holidays. Marry between 25 and 32 is best. Switch jobs every 3-5 years. Interesting and to the point, I learn much from this book.
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  • Text Publishing
    January 1, 1970
    ‘He [Pink] offers practical advice in the form of “life hacks,” which feel modern, relevant and timely…Pink’s engaging prose and useful advice make for some entertaining and engaging reading. This is one highly readable volume about a fascinating topic that affects us all in a multitude of different ways.’AU Review ‘An appreciation of time, some might say an obsession to the fraction of a second, seems to set humans apart from all other species…Despite the subtitle, this book is not about the sc ‘He [Pink] offers practical advice in the form of “life hacks,” which feel modern, relevant and timely…Pink’s engaging prose and useful advice make for some entertaining and engaging reading. This is one highly readable volume about a fascinating topic that affects us all in a multitude of different ways.’AU Review ‘An appreciation of time, some might say an obsession to the fraction of a second, seems to set humans apart from all other species…Despite the subtitle, this book is not about the scientific measurement of time, but about relative time, revealing the regular patterns of people’s lives they so often adhere to, unaware, and with no idea why.’Otago Daily Times‘Pink’s fourth book should be compulsory reading for bosses, educators, and schedulers, for policymakers, company executives, and performers, but there is plenty in this fascinating book that the average person will find applicable to their lives. This is a quick read that rewards time spent with some excellent insights.’ BookMooch
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  • Anton
    January 1, 1970
    The first 'when-to?' among crowded 'how-to?' book genre Strengths+ brief, enjoyable and clever+ lots of useful and practical advice+ plenty of insightful examples+ well-crafted non-fiction with memorable anecdotes and vignettes Weaknesses+ does not go into 'scientific' depth behind the phenomena discussed. it stays a quite 'high-level' throughout Perfect 'commuter companion' for planes or trains ;)
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  • Bookworm LLC
    January 1, 1970
    “When” is destined to become required reading for all college students regardless of major. Daniel H. Pink shines the stage lights on Perfect timing, bringing it out of the shadows of mystic good ol’ fashioned luck and showcasing it as a learnable, teachable and accomplishable part of the show of life. This may have been the first time I read about studies and laughed. Mr. Pink’s humor and chapter summations kept me going at just the right time.
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  • Mohammad
    January 1, 1970
    فردا روزیست که تنبل ها کار می کنند.این کتاب در مورد زمانسنجی نوشته شده. اینکه زمان چه تاثیری روی زندگی ما و رفتارهای ما در انجام کارها داره. از تنظیم چرخه خواب گرفته تا درآمد و چیزهای دیگه.در بخش اول کناب یک روز رو تشریح می شه. تجربه افراد از زمان یک روز یکسان نیست. بعضی ها سحرخیزند و بعضی ها شب زنده دار. زمان رسیدن مغز به بالاترین سطح کارکرد خودش در افراد متغیره. در نتیجه بهتره برنامه خودمون رو به نحوی تنظیم کنیم که بیشترین بهره رو از این موضوع ببریم. بخش دوم کتاب به شروع ها، میانه ها و پایان ه فردا روزیست که تنبل ها کار می کنند.این کتاب در مورد زمانسنجی نوشته شده. اینکه زمان چه تاثیری روی زندگی ما و رفتارهای ما در انجام کارها داره. از تنظیم چرخه خواب گرفته تا درآمد و چیزهای دیگه.در بخش اول کناب یک روز رو تشریح می شه. تجربه افراد از زمان یک روز یکسان نیست. بعضی ها سحرخیزند و بعضی ها شب زنده دار. زمان رسیدن مغز به بالاترین سطح کارکرد خودش در افراد متغیره. در نتیجه بهتره برنامه خودمون رو به نحوی تنظیم کنیم که بیشترین بهره رو از این موضوع ببریم. بخش دوم کتاب به شروع ها، میانه ها و پایان ها اختصاص پیدا کرده. شروع یک سال جدید، شروع یک ماه جدید، شروع یک پروژه، شروع یک شغل جدید، شروع یک رابطه جدید، یک شروع تازه از زندگی توی یک مکان جدید و انواع شروع ها روی عملکرد ما تاثیر گذارند. شروع بد می تونه تا پایان با ما باقی بمونه. شروع خوب می تونه مسیر ما رو تغییر بده. آگاهی از تاثیر این موضوع و به کار گرفتن راهکارهایی که بتونه به ما کمک کنه، مفیده. همین طور میانه ها و پایان ها هم تاثیر روانی زیادی دارند که نمی شه نادیده گرفت.برای هر کدوم این اینها راهکارهایی پیشنهاد می شه که در زمان خودش می شه به کار گرفت تا تجربه های بهتری رو خلق کنیم.بخش پایانی هم در مورد هماهنگی و زمانسنجی گروهی و تاثیر اون روی همکاری افراده که به درد مدریت گروه ها می خوره.
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  • Asia Burnett
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could do 3.5 stars. This book was a little slow/repetitive to start but the useful tips and exercises throughout have had me quoting it for the past week and gave me some good work ideas: including ending the day with a quick thank you email to someone. Worth the read if you’re looking for ways to strategize your time or make a fresh start.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Pink talks about why time and how we use it matters. But unlike a typical productivity book, this one is based on your own rhythms and needs, coupled with what science has said about those things. The biggest take away is that the dip in productivity and clarity in the middle of the day is average across all types of people and maybe is best used not on your brainy tasks, but on the mundane. That, or, prior to those brainy needs mid-day, time is offered for a break, a walk, socializing, or other Pink talks about why time and how we use it matters. But unlike a typical productivity book, this one is based on your own rhythms and needs, coupled with what science has said about those things. The biggest take away is that the dip in productivity and clarity in the middle of the day is average across all types of people and maybe is best used not on your brainy tasks, but on the mundane. That, or, prior to those brainy needs mid-day, time is offered for a break, a walk, socializing, or other means of stepping away to unplug and replug. Nothing here is hard to enact. It's a quick and thought-provoking read that, like with any self-help/business/productivity book, is take some, leave the rest. I kept thinking about Laura Vanderkaam's books and lo and behold, he cites her. Lots of similar wave lengths. Same with a shout out to Brene Brown.
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  • Katie
    January 1, 1970
    Unless you’re a night owl, prepare to make your sales calls, schedule your classes, and attend your criminal trial early in the morning because science. The time of day affects how the brain functions, and early in the day, our minds are more vigilant. For most, alertness and energy levels tend to peak around noon. This means you want to solve all your analytical problems in the morning (when your brain is processing data best), and all your insight problems in the afternoon (you want your filte Unless you’re a night owl, prepare to make your sales calls, schedule your classes, and attend your criminal trial early in the morning because science. The time of day affects how the brain functions, and early in the day, our minds are more vigilant. For most, alertness and energy levels tend to peak around noon. This means you want to solve all your analytical problems in the morning (when your brain is processing data best), and all your insight problems in the afternoon (you want your filters to be loose).Here are some things that happen when we don’t allow our brains to do things at the “proper” time of day: People go to jail for longer; doing poorly in school is easier due to fatigue after long hours without restorative breaks; the Lusitania is catastrophically torpedoed by the Germans. How the F do we even function?Other statements of fact from Daniel Pink: Lunch is the most important meal of the day.Workout in the morning if you want to burn more fat.Naps are zambonis for your brain, they smooth out all the scratches.Delaying high school start times until 8:30am increased number of high school graduates by 11%. When we are younger (ie. 7yrs old) we are early-to-rise larks, but teenagers (on avg) are owls and perform better later in the day.Truly one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time. I don’t know how much of this is reasonable for me to believe, but I found it all thoroughly entertaining and thought-provoking!See more of my reviews: Blog // Instagram
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  • Jim Razinha
    January 1, 1970
    I read Dan Pink's Drive before I read his A Whole New Mind, which was a better order because Drive was better written and had a more accurate message than Mind. Okay, a message that resonated better. When is as good as Drive, if not as much a paradigm shifter. But it is still a think prompter.Dan Pink writes an easy read...he's really good at it. Drive is excellent. And, as with Drive, he's very good at summarizing the extensive research he's done on this book - which he provides in his end note I read Dan Pink's Drive before I read his A Whole New Mind, which was a better order because Drive was better written and had a more accurate message than Mind. Okay, a message that resonated better. When is as good as Drive, if not as much a paradigm shifter. But it is still a think prompter.Dan Pink writes an easy read...he's really good at it. Drive is excellent. And, as with Drive, he's very good at summarizing the extensive research he's done on this book - which he provides in his end notes, and encourages his readers to read and check his conclusions. (Some authors don't even provide references...Bill O'Reilly, take note...) Pink looks at timing patterns of the day, associated with beginnings, middles, and endings, and synchronization. There's a lot more behind what he presents. Yet, what he presents...well, I'm a rather informed person but I learn stuff every day...at least I try. Drive may have shifted my paradigms, but When taught me some physiological and behavioral changes that I might just want to make. How did I not know that caffeine disrupted the natural cortisol production of my body? And that I needed to delay my morning extra jolt?Things I do naturally seem to be right according to what Pink shares. Detachment is supposed to be critical - I'm paraphrasing, but...check out and you'll actually check in. Not focusing on something else might just help you actually focus on the task that needs your focus. Time is obviously the focus of Pink's work here, and he talks about short and long term timelines, significance of milestones (holidays, just before decades of life, just after say...New Year's Day...), taking stock of time in general... A point that emphasizes living in the present is [researchers]...found that the experience of awe—the sight of the Grand Canyon, the birth of a child, a spectacular thunderstorm—changes our perception of time. When we experience awe, time slows down. It expands. We feel like we have more of it. And that sensation lifts our well-being. “Experiences of awe bring people into the present moment, and being in the present moment underlies awe’s capacity to adjust time perception, influence decisions, and make life feel more satisfying than it would otherwise.”Yes...our perception changes...I've experienced it. Walking through the redwoods or sequoias...time seems to slow.Lots here, and hidden behind here... worth a read, and maybe a reread read or two. Pink's books have that quality.
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  • Romans Karpelcevs
    January 1, 1970
    It has some useful tips, but the books is written like a collection of lifehacks and towards the end of the book stops being about time or the 'when' problem at all.Some research seemed dubiously attributed to the morning-afternoon hypothesis because it originally targeted other problems related to our thinking and I'm not convinced you can just change "before/after mealtime" research into "morning/afternoon" like Pink did without running a new research. On top of that, somewhere midway it start It has some useful tips, but the books is written like a collection of lifehacks and towards the end of the book stops being about time or the 'when' problem at all.Some research seemed dubiously attributed to the morning-afternoon hypothesis because it originally targeted other problems related to our thinking and I'm not convinced you can just change "before/after mealtime" research into "morning/afternoon" like Pink did without running a new research. On top of that, somewhere midway it started to seem like Daniel picked a time topic, ran out of research and core material and started to fill the book with whatever was even remotely related, and sometimes unrelated, like tips when you should quit your job. "When your boss doesn't have your back". Thanks, but I hardly think it's a timing problem.
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  • Karen Ashmore
    January 1, 1970
    We all wonder when is the best time to be productive, take breaks, make decisions. Pink explains the reasons behind the timing. He claims timing is everything. Maybe not everything but it sure helps to know the right timing. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Time Hacker’s Handbook, a list of practical tips to incorporate in your daily life, that he included at the end of every chapter.
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  • Valerie
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely some worthwhile information in here, but I see this as more of a read to skim than a deep dive. Pink does a good job of backing up his points with research and also cites a few books to check out afterwards. I did take note of a few of the tidbits he shared, but didn't feel like I walked away learning anything that was incredibly surprising or life changing.
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  • Christine Nolfi
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous tips on how to increase productivity by making subtle changes to your work routine. Highly recommended for any woman crawling through the afternoon energy slump by consuming too much sugar and caffeine. Highly recommended!
  • Roxanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is a Goodreads win review. This book having perfect timing for everything in your life.. He talks about the patterns we have every day.
  • Gary Moreau
    January 1, 1970
    Daniel Pink has already written a couple of best-selling books, and it’s safe to say this one will be his latest. It’s a book about timing, the “when” side of the “what” coin. When is a lot more critical than most of us assume. And it’s importance is naturally underscored simply because “when” seems less controllable than “what”.But both assumptions are generally wrong. Or at least a bit myopic. We can adapt the what to the when in most cases. And we can control the when, perhaps by starting ove Daniel Pink has already written a couple of best-selling books, and it’s safe to say this one will be his latest. It’s a book about timing, the “when” side of the “what” coin. When is a lot more critical than most of us assume. And it’s importance is naturally underscored simply because “when” seems less controllable than “what”.But both assumptions are generally wrong. Or at least a bit myopic. We can adapt the what to the when in most cases. And we can control the when, perhaps by starting over, or taking a short break, or even a nap (“Zambonis for our brains”), far more than we may currently imagine.The key is to understand “when” in a more expansive context. And, in the end, that’s what the book strives to do, and does well. Pink puts when in the context of the waves of the day (your chronobiology), the events of the day (the importance of lunch, breaks, naps), the when of getting on track (sometimes you need to re-start), the meaning of when milestones (the importance of midpoints and poignant endings), and the important role of timing in becoming synchronized with the people and the world around us, which, in turn, fosters belonging and a sense of purpose.As is the current trend in books of this genre, the prognosis and the recommendations are scientific, which essentially means that Pink and his researchers have scoured a lot of literature looking for patterns.The problem with patterns, however, is that it is often difficult to know if you are witnessing a causal pattern or a resulting pattern. Pink is clearly aware of the problem and has taken as many steps as can be practically taken to differentiate one from the other. Nonetheless, even in a thorough and responsible research effort such as this, the patterns discerned are ultimately probabilistic, not certain.A related problem is determining which patterns are truly natural and which are acquired. A night owl behaves and performs like the night owls in the study but were they born that way or did they acquire the pattern through prior habit, ingrained out of necessity, not choice? And can those patterns be altered or redefined? (Maybe the stuff of a future book?)Pink, however, is well aware of both of these limitations to research such as is chronicled here. And in addition to navigating around them he makes it work by not over-promising on the conclusions. While the book is inspirational, therefore, it stops short of promising an end to world hunger. And that, compared to many popular books in the genre, I think, gives the work even more credibility and importance.In the beginning, I might warn you, many of the observations and recommendations may strike some readers as plainly intuitive. As a sexagenarian I have to admit that I had, through trial and error, already come to some of the same conclusions the book identifies without the benefit of the scientific research. That’s no claim to fame or attempt to dissuade you from reading it, however. I lost a lot of time getting there on my own and, in the end, Pink does what great researchers and historians ultimately do by rising above the facts and figures. He puts it all into a larger perspective that draws it all together and enhances the impact in a way that I never had. While it’s a minor footnote in the book’s premise, the money line for me had less to do with timing and more to do with the bandwidth of time itself. Pink notes, “By now, it’s well known that 99 percent of us cannot multitask.”I could not agree more. Multitasking, I believe, or attempts to multitask, are killing productivity in the American workplace and, in fact, causing a lot of harm (e.g., texting while driving). Multitasking is a myth and we do people a grave injustice by encouraging it. If your boss tells you that you are good at multi-tasking I strongly recommend you find a new boss.I also agree that contrary to what we are frequently told by our personal coaches and advisors, “living in the present” is a lot less important than understanding the present in the larger context of who we are and why we’re here.All told, this is a very easy and quick read. The writing is crisp and clear and the author has a good sense of humor. It should take no more than a few hours and there are plenty of study guides and worksheets to help you translate the research into actual behavior.Very well done.
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  • Anderson
    January 1, 1970
    A very good book about timing.PROS:The book is concise and clear about what it offers. After reading it you will surely feel you have learned more about timing and you will have specific changes that you would like to implement. Indeed, Pink demonstrates once again that he is a very practical person and that he is not writing just to keep the wads piling up, but rather because he truly wants to help himself and the readers. Because of that, you can expect very practical strategies recommended at A very good book about timing.PROS:The book is concise and clear about what it offers. After reading it you will surely feel you have learned more about timing and you will have specific changes that you would like to implement. Indeed, Pink demonstrates once again that he is a very practical person and that he is not writing just to keep the wads piling up, but rather because he truly wants to help himself and the readers. Because of that, you can expect very practical strategies recommended at the end of each chapter and a nice commented bibliography at the end.CONS:Obviously, this book is the result of research. However, it does feel like it is saturated with citations that do not necessarily "flow". It actually reminded me of the way I was writing my thesis, and one of the reasons why I did not finish it... Basically, there are several parts in which it feels like, "oh! we have to use this study we researched about, so let's just put a slightly related sentence at the end of the paragraph and add one more footnote!" Since I was reading on a Kindle and I was genuinely interested in his actual comments in the footnotes, I checked them all, but I wish he would have used a different symbol to distinguish actual comments from study references.CONCLUSION:This is a nice book. Although I knew for a long time about circadian rhythms and the difference between morning and night people, this book presented everything in such a clear way that just for that is worth the reading. Also, I just love when you see that people are passionate about what they do, and it is obvious that this is one of those authors that "walks the talk". In fact, once you read the book, you will see that he is even willing to take concrete actions to show you so. Overall, I liked his book "Drive" better, but this is still a nice piece of work.
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  • Frank
    January 1, 1970
    Very well written, with a touch of humour. The book is about what we feel at different times of day and different times of our life. But not all of the info is practically useful; some of the info is only emotionally useful, but that is still a good thing. For example, it is typical for people to feel a slump, a lack of motivation, in the middle of their lives, and this can take some of the edge of a person's guilt for not getting goals achieved by a set time. Other examples:It is typical to fee Very well written, with a touch of humour. The book is about what we feel at different times of day and different times of our life. But not all of the info is practically useful; some of the info is only emotionally useful, but that is still a good thing. For example, it is typical for people to feel a slump, a lack of motivation, in the middle of their lives, and this can take some of the edge of a person's guilt for not getting goals achieved by a set time. Other examples:It is typical to feel the need for a nap in the middle of the afternoon. Taking a nap is good for you, it is restorative, it helps cognitive functioning. The best way to take a nap is to have a coffee immediately before the nap and then take the nap. But the nap should not be longer than 20 minutes, or you'll feel groggy afterwards. And the coffee is to ensure the nap isn't longer than 20 minutes, as it takes that long after consumption for the caffeine to kick in.Most people are more productive in the morning between 7 and 12 and then again between 5 pm and 9 pm. For those people, it is best to do their analytical work between those hours. He gives a questionnaire at the end of the chapter to help you determine if you are one of those people.He gives tips or questionnaires at the end of each chapter.I want to mention that everything is based on others'research in case you're wondering on what Pink bases this book. The references to that research are plenty!! I have to say, though, I can't write on the quality of that research.It's a fast read. In fact, I'll be reading it again and taking notes before I return it to the library.
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  • Jacques Bezuidenhout
    January 1, 1970
    This is definitely not on the same level as Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. But still a short and interesting listen.I cannot say that I learned something ground breakingly new, or that I'll change much in my life. But it was a nice affirmation that both in my personal life, and at work, things are mostly done optimally.(view spoiler)[A lot of his suggestions around:- not eating before exercise- exercise first thing in the morning- drink water when you wake up- coffee both f This is definitely not on the same level as Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. But still a short and interesting listen.I cannot say that I learned something ground breakingly new, or that I'll change much in my life. But it was a nice affirmation that both in my personal life, and at work, things are mostly done optimally.(view spoiler)[A lot of his suggestions around:- not eating before exercise- exercise first thing in the morning- drink water when you wake up- coffee both for focus and enhancer for short naps- short nap in the afternoon to revitalise- taking breaks/walksAre things already part of my daily life. (well maybe not the naps)I thought the sync exercises like Pass the Clap and Beasty boys Rap were pretty stupid. (hide spoiler)]A lot is based on research done by other people, and bits of it interpreted in the book. Also a lot of quotes/citations from others.From where the book started, and where it ended up, seems like it could've been different books.It is as if Part 3 doesn't really fit with the book. Not that there aren't interesting things in there, but a bit separated.
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  • David
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes an interesting book of popular science writing about time and timing related research. At other times, a not-as-interesting self-help book for the overextended and/or the procrastinator. I recommend you skim over the self-help book and enjoy the popular science book. The popular science book still gives some good ideas about how to behave.There are some pretty terrifying statistics that should give second thoughts to anyone with an appointment for surgery in the afternoon. However, the Sometimes an interesting book of popular science writing about time and timing related research. At other times, a not-as-interesting self-help book for the overextended and/or the procrastinator. I recommend you skim over the self-help book and enjoy the popular science book. The popular science book still gives some good ideas about how to behave.There are some pretty terrifying statistics that should give second thoughts to anyone with an appointment for surgery in the afternoon. However, there are also some reassuring paragraphs about the sort of counter-measures that well-run hospitals are taking to remedy the daily mid-afternoon drop in mindfulness by medical staff. There’s evidence presented that naps are good for you and teenagers who start school later on the morning do better. There are no instructions on how to beat into submission the mid-level managers and school board who will inevitably fail to be impressed by the evidence.One chapter said, in summary, that groups of people condemned to work together under deadline never get anything done until 50% of the allotted for the task is wasted. Those of us who loath working as a team will be happy to learn that there is solid scientific evidence to back up our misanthropy.
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  • BookOfCinz
    January 1, 1970
    Time.... it is the most limited thing we have on this planet and we all want more it. Daniel Pink shows us in this book how we can make the best use of our time. "When" The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" really deep dives into when is the best time for us to make major decisions, go for a run, ask for your presentation to be made, do an interview. This is the kind of non-fiction I love to read. The ones that are grounded in facts, tells a story, and really helps to get a conversation star Time.... it is the most limited thing we have on this planet and we all want more it. Daniel Pink shows us in this book how we can make the best use of our time. "When" The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" really deep dives into when is the best time for us to make major decisions, go for a run, ask for your presentation to be made, do an interview. This is the kind of non-fiction I love to read. The ones that are grounded in facts, tells a story, and really helps to get a conversation started. I learned so much from reading this book and as a "Lark" I know that I should make the biggest decisions in the morning and so too, do my most important work then. I loved how practical the book was and how Pink made the information easy to understand. If you find yourself having those mid afternoon crashes, this is for you. If you are at the mid-point in your life and demotivated this book will help. A must read!
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