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When

The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

Book - 2018
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lunabookworm55
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.

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Gung
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.

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brangwinn
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.

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elizali
Jun 14, 2018

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

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EB8624
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!

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jkrejci
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.

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ricardohdz
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.

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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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NeverNicknamed
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.
Retired Reader


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