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When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing | Daniel H. Pink
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 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? 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.
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LauraJ
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A few truths with lots of examples. Having already read these examples in many other books, I was bored. If you haven‘t read a lot on the topic, this is a good overview with a pleasant presentation.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Timing is everything. With so much going in life, we‘re often more concerned with “what” rather than “when.” This was an amusing, quick read. I‘m not sure it all holds merit. I think I‘d wake up from a “nappuchino” as bitchy as ever. 😆 But, I think in terms of school timing, this book is spot on. I also agree with the motivational qualities of beginnings and endings. Though-provoking stuff.

emilyhaldi I just had to google "nappuchino" and can confirm I would be a super-bitch if I ever gave that one a tryb for me it's a 3 hour nap or nothing...(And I still usually wake up a total crank ?) 7mo
britt_brooke @emilyhaldi 😆 That‘s why I just can‘t nap at all. 7mo
LeahBergen @britt_brooke @emilyhaldi I‘m exactly the same! It‘s why I don‘t nap. 😆😆 7mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen 😆 I‘m seriously better off tired. It‘s best for everyone around me. 7mo
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Booksnchill
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I liked this and will now be taking “nappicinos” ! Timing is everything and here is the science behind it! 5.5 hours on audio read by Pink himself. Learn the optimal time to do most everything and then slow down and take a nap🤣☺️

britt_brooke Definitely stacking after hearing about it Saturday! 7mo
Booksnchill @britt_brooke It is short and useful- 2 things I like in a book! 7mo
britt_brooke @Booksnchill 😆 Same here! 7mo
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MichaelK
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Sunday funday. Cooking up a storm. Finishing off this book... Then binge eating snacks on the couch and watching GoT! ⚔️🐲🔥

Kimberlone That looks so good! 9mo
MichaelK @Kimberlone I can confirm that it 100% was amazing! 9mo
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MichaelK
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So far a pretty interesting read about how timing plays a critical and often unseen role in all aspects on our lives.

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InnerSavvy
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Pickpick

If you enjoyed Drive, you will enjoy this one. Focuses not on what you do but when you do something to be in best mood, most effective, etc. I enjoy his writing style.

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JoyBlue
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January reading recap: 22 (not including bailed: 4 / loan ended: 1)

*4-star or 5-star reads (in order of reading)*

Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person, Shonda Rhimes

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink

Once Upon a River, Diane Setterfield

JoyBlue *honorable mentions (3+ or 4-)*

Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert's Guide to Making Connections That Count, Karen Wickre

The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1), Sujata Massey

I Am Half-Sick of Shadows (Flavia de Luce, #4), Alan Bradley

Cave of Bones, Anne Hillerman
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nvhXesq
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Mehso-so

The information is easy to digest & I like the organization of the material. I‘m giving it a “so-so” instead of a “pick” because it didn‘t meet my expectations. Based on the blurb & several recommendations, both personal & general, I expected more life hacks to living your perfect “when.” Overall, it‘s a good read.

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ELH
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I highly recommend this book for anyone. I love Pink‘s down to earth style, and this book is chalk full of practical lifestyle changes based on scientific studies of human behavior. As an educator- there is so much we can learn to improve our schools.

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ELH
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Across cultures, people experience a mid afternoon dip. More mistakes on difficult tasks happen in the afternoon. Do your hard thinking in the morning, creative tasks in the afternoon, and take breaks!

So many great applications to education! That‘s why I love Daniel Pink!

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ELH
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Mixing in a little nonfiction.

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sarahgreatlove
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So many good books sitting in my kindle waiting for me at the moment. It makes me so happy! 😍

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JoyBlue
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Pickpick

My kindred spirit friend Kelley recommended this Saturday. Right away, I picked up the hardcover at the library, and the audio in Overdrive. I started yesterday, and it's a wonder I got anything else done since (I've actually done loads, but would rather just read, of course). I have already recommended it to at least three other people, including one who was at the library when I texted her and picked it up immediately. [more in comment]

JoyBlue I have so many bookmarks to record—some because they're just fascinating, and some because I think they are immediately applicable to me. 2019 was already slated to be my best year yet. This is gonna cinch it! 12mo
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AlexGeorge
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Quick, entertaining read. Lots of interesting suggestions. I‘ll be curious to know whether any of the advice sticks. Recommended.

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AlexGeorge
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Jennick2004 That quote!! 😱💜💙 13mo
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AlexGeorge
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Up next.

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saltwaterlit
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Pickpick

The satisfaction of finishing a book just as the library loan is about to expire ❤️🤗 I liked this a lot, although I found the first half a lot more interesting than the second. I‘ve even used some of the tips in my daily work life, and it works!

LauraJ Thanks for reminding me to stack this! 13mo
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saltwaterlit
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Current bedtime read. 💤 It‘s a library ebook due back in a few days so I‘m trying to finish it this week.

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Clint
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I have also read Pink‘s book “Drive” so mostly knew what to expect. It is written differently enough to keep my interest and also informative to teach me something.

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Suet624 Hmmmm. 1y
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Gina That's an interesting idea 1y
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Samplergal When I worked in the hospital, we were told never ever go to to ER in July! Lol. Those new docs were so green and arrogant. Always go to the nursing staff and they will find you a doc with some experience if the nurse can‘t fix you! 1y
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keithmalek
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Suet624 Yup. It‘s nuts. 1y
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I'm moving to Sweden.

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keithmalek
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( continued)...that number even though afternoon patients were no different from the morning ones. What's more, other research has shown that doctors are significantly less likely even to fully complete a colonoscopy when they perform it in the afternoon.

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keithmalek
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violabrain To understand exactly why, read the amazing book 1y
keithmalek @violabrain That one has been on my TBR for awhile. 1y
violabrain @keithmalek It‘s the most important book I‘ve ever read. I can‘t say enough good things about it! 1y
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Larks are early-risers, and owls are night owls. I was born in December, and I am indeed a lark.

Lcsmcat This doesn‘t work in my family - I‘m a spring born lark and my husband‘s a winter born owl. Our winter child is a lark, and our spring and summer children are owls. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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BeththeBookDragon
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Pickpick

A quick listen on time!

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julesG
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#whenyouread

1) not necessarily, I try to with audiobooks, though
2) I read whenever I can, basically all day round. Mostly in the evening.
3) kind of. A bit of low key music is fine, everyday noises are okay, but my kids arguing or the TV are distracting.

Q84 I agree with kids arguing and tv being a distraction. 2y
SilversReviews I like mostly quiet. Audios are difficult to stop at chapters. Thanks for playing. 😊 2y
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BronteTime
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So many fascinating and actionable insights in this book! I loved the change in perspective in approaching everything in our lives not from what or who but when. Some pretty crazy examples in there, too (people being more racist in the afternoon, for one). The inspiration paradox was really interesting: Our best ideas come to us when we are at our worst.

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Kelly
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This is my 101st book of the year somehow! The cat is making biscuits furiously.

Bookzombie 💕🐱 So cute! 2y
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SarahSaysRead
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SUPER interesting book about the science of timing and how much timing (time of day, biological clocks, age, etc) affects our lives. It's one of those books where you'll keep "did you know"-ing your friends and coworkers. It gave me some food for thought on little changes I want to make at work & home, though honestly I could've done without the self-help type chapters in this. I'm more into the data and science.

#audiobook #time #research

8little_paws Awesome!! I'll have to listen to this one soon. 2y
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thebluestocking
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When should you read this? Right now! ⏱ This is an interesting compilation of studies that point to the effects of time and timing. I particularly appreciated the practical application sections that followed each chapter. There are several things I will take away from this book, like the importance of taking breaks.

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KGlibrarian
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I loved this book about the science of timing and how it affects everything from how we learn math to how we incorporate the past and future into our lives. Pink includes so many fascinating studies and anecdotes. I think I need to go through the book again so I can take notes on all of the details I‘ve already forgotten.

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catiewithac
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Sometimes I read these books written for “business” people who work in cubicles. As a bedside nurse, there‘s very little carry over. But as a charge nurse for my unit I do look for ways to improve my leadership skills and find ways to motivate my staff. “When” is a pretty decent, easy to read summary of research on how everything is timing.

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SheReadsAndWrites
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1) My Great Dane puppy, Sabrina ❤️🐶
2) When by Daniel H. Pink. I joined Susan Cain's online book club 🤓
3) New tops for spring 🌺👚
4) Leftovers
5) Yellow cake with chocolate frosting 🎂

Cinfhen Too cute 2y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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I joined Susan Cain's Big Idea Book Club and this is the current read. Excited to dive in today. 🤓

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MrsToriKim
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Absolutely incredible book written about the scientific reasonings behind human timings. I never thought that a specific time of day could enhance or detract decision making skills...I thought that was solely based on exhaustion. There is tons of gold packed in this book!

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jillrhudy
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Mehso-so

I wasn‘t over the moon about “When” but it was excellent for tips on how to time-block my workday for maximum productivity.

These are my March reads. 12 books total: 2 kids‘ classics, 6 NF including two memoirs, 4 fiction. More info in the comments on books for grownups I haven‘t reviewed already. I am deliberately leaving children‘s books out of Litsy because I can only do so much!

jillrhudy Meh. There was a lot I didn‘t know in the book, I will say that for it. For instance, your stomach has taste receptors that tell your brain to QUIT EATING when a pile of food stops being tasty. Author had trouble sticking to accounts of actual people, which is the only thing that makes books like this engaging. 2y
jillrhudy Liked it. If you‘ve been in a cult or cult-like situation you‘ll be absorbed by it. Also she and her siblings are inspiring in their determination. 2y
jillrhudy I‘m not buying all of what Roxane says about her body and food, but what she has to say about women and body image in this culture is invaluable. 2y
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Aimeesue I just started listening to Alderman's "Immersive" podcast, The Walk, this morning. Interesting premise, and fits perfectly into my dog walking time. I've got The Power on Kindle, too. Must get to it soon. 2y
jillrhudy I need to give it a listen. I adore podcasts. How are Suze&Stella? 2y
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bell7
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From body clocks and that afternoon drag to group synchronization in choir practice and everything in between, Pink's fascinating new book gives you an overview of everything timing. Did you know morning are (usually) a better time to do math? Breaks actually help us work better. And after the data and stories, a hacker's guide gives you tips on using the information in your own life.

SqueakyChu Sounds interesting! 2y
bell7 @SqueakyChu it was! I'm not quite ready to return it to the library yet as there's a few parts I want to look over again 2y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 4! Timing's everything. But what about timing itself? Our lives are constantly filled with when-questions: when do start a business, schedule classes, pay bills, decide about a dating partner. Art or science? A bevy of studies from psychology, biology, and economics are shown. Which patterns are in your ideal schedule? Why do some breaks improve performance? Why is synced singing as good as exercise? #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

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bell7
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Lots of nonfiction reads in my future

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bryand
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Setting in to read When during my flight!