When

When

The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Book - 2018
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Our lives are a never-ending stream of decisions: when to start a business, schedule a class, get serious about a person. Yet we make those decisions based on intuition and guesswork. Pink reveals how to use the hidden patterns of the day to build the ideal schedule, and the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers, or get married. He distills cutting-edge research and data on timing into a fascinating, readable narrative that gives readers compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018
ISBN: 9780735210622
0735210624
Branch Call Number: BF468 .P57 2018
BF468 .P57 2018
153.75 Pink
153.75 Pink
Characteristics: 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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xiaojunbpl12
Apr 13, 2018

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

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bsevertsen
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.

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kpelish
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.

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Indoorcamping
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.

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paperfiend
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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toddhansen1
Mar 26, 2018

Quick read. I really didn't take a whole lot away from this book. Outside of the fact that everyone is a morning person.... 2.5 out of 5 *****

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laphampeak
Mar 10, 2018

"When" is a little less detailed than his other books but the reader can glean whatever suits them to their needs. The research on the beginning, middle, or end in certain circumstances brings interesting "uh huh's" to the mind. Parts of the book were not particularly speaking to me and some of his writings were personal to me or universal to all. I like the group synch - Do we have a clear boss..who engenders respect?....., Belongingness..to tribe?, Activating the uplift...that helps the group survive? There seems to always be a pearl or two to Pink's books that I can take away and be satisfied with.

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theequ1nn
Mar 01, 2018

Looks like a salesman, gonna sell you some snake oil and this is another book that really doesn't do what the hype promised. A waste of time . Even glance reading proved that this guy if full of beans

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christinalmn
Feb 12, 2018

I've read a few Daniel Pink books and this one follows his regular format. He walks through a concept and than gives lots of practical exercises that relate to the idea. This one wasn't my favorite book of his but was definitely worth the read for tips on how to manage and work with time.

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ralundquist
Jan 25, 2018

This is a fascinating book. It is well-written and gives practical tips we can all use. For example:
- Why you should never make major decisions in the late afternoon.
- Best times to schedule job interviews.
- Optimal exercise times, depending on your goals.
- Why group singing is the "new exercise."
I highly recommend it.
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