When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
by: Daniel H. Pink
Book Reviewed By: Pam Kennedy
In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink exposes hidden daily patterns and then shares when it's best to schedule events and make decisions. This isn't a "how to" book. It's a "when to" guide. Pink uses modern science to illustrate how thoughtful scheduling can improve your life performance at work, in school or even in leisure time. The big "Ah Ha": Based on a daily oscillation of peak, trough and rebound, positive emotions grow stronger as the morning progresses, significantly decline in the afternoon only to rise again in the evening. And knowing your genetically predetermined chronotype helps. Relying on fields of research, Pink provides guidelines to determine if you are a Lark, Owl or Third Bird. If the suggestions for using this nugget of knowledge don't keep you glued to the pages, Pink's insights on how to get the most from each stage of a project in "Part 2: Beginnings, Endings and in Between" and "Part 3: The Secrets of Group Timing" sure should.
Why I Recommend This Book:
Because of these five "takeaways":
- Success may be based more on WHEN than on WHY. We've all been following Simon Sinek and starting with WHY. We might want to start looking at WHEN. I'm open to trying any hack, particularly research based hacks, to assist in improving job performance and career satisfaction.
- Work requiring deep executive function (and if your job doesn't, is it really work?) along with major decisions should be tackled early in the day.
- Most people are happiest in the morning, grumpier in the afternoon and then happy again in the evening. I'll be scheduling professional development sessions and meetings early in the day or after work. Consider making those tough phone calls mid morning, just not during my meetings.
- Naps and daily walks are not luxuries but necessities. You might want to schedule that 2-4 PM short snooze into a sanctioned break or late lunch.
- Data doesn't lie. I'll rely on Pink's research-based evidence on timing as I schedule my daily meetings, make special work requests and maybe even take a little nap.