The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Book - 2018
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Illuminates the scientific factors that shape the hidden patterns of a day and challenge scheduled activities, drawing on research in the disciplines of psychology, biology, and economics to share practical advice and anecdotes for promoting a richer, more engaged life.
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, New York : Riverhead Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780735210622
Branch Call Number: 153.753 PINK
Characteristics: 258 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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"We simply don't take the issues of WHEN as seriously as we take the questions of WHAT." In his book "When" Daniel Pink gives us opportunity to take a serious look (but with his trademark sense of humor) at time and its impact and implications on our lives. Suggested by Brian

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Jun 05, 2019

Interesting concept, didn't really help me though. As adults, we have jobs, responsibilities, etc, things that we have to power through no matter when our mood or energy peaks or troughs, so most of this doesn't help adult productivity, but it would help children's education as they have less self control and mood control, the book is too long, should have been an article.

ArapahoeHannah Apr 15, 2019

In-depth and informative! I was introduced to a new way of thinking on the concept of time.

Apr 06, 2019

When is a worthwhile read especially for the generation Xers and the millennials. It contains the kind of advice one would get from a good mentor. I will recommend it to my younger friends and relatives.

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.

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