Summary

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, Pink shows that timing is, in fact, 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 us as exercise? And what is the ideal time to quit a job, switch careers or get married? In When, Pink distils cutting-edge research and data on timing and synthesizes them into a fascinating narrative packed with irresistible stories and practical takeaways that give listeners compelling insights into how we can live richer, more engaged lives.
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©2018 Daniel H. Pink (P)2018 Canongate Books Ltd
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Praise for Daniel H. Pink: "Provocative and fascinating." (Malcolm Gladwell, author of Outliers)
"Bold and persuasive." (Richard Wiseman, author of 59 Seconds)
"Pink is rapidly acquiring international guru status...He is an engaging writer, who challenges and provokes." (Financial Times)
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3 out of 5 stars
By readysetrun on 19-07-18

Should've been a blog post

The book is essentially a recital of facts and studies on timing. Which is not bad, but at times feels like a blog post would be a better format.

The second half of the book has much less value and feels like a filler.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Pete Clark on 05-03-18

Interesting and potentially some useful insights

I enjoy Pink's writing style and he does a good job of the narration. There's plenty of good content here but, as is often the case with this type of book, much of it will already be familiar if you're a fan of Freakonomics, Nudge or Thinking fast and slow.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Nora on 27-04-18

Fascinating insight into time

I learned so much! Timing, body clock, behaviour, social interactions - everything is linked. I loved the science and the handbook. my meta critique would be whether we all have to function optionally all the time? is it not also ok to experience a slump in productivity?

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3 out of 5 stars
By Prashanth on 09-03-18

Starts fine but tapers off towards the end

The book starts interesting and has some good data on the importance of time and also has information on evaluating yourself and learning about oneself.

However as we progress the specificity tapers off and almost everything and anything becomes important and worth considering. This sorta defeats the purpose

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