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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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Interesting and insightful

This book gives an entertaining,rigorous and useful account of how time influences our lives. I will definitely recommend it to my friends.

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Good book, interesting insights

This is a good book that covered and surveyed different topics related to time. Found the chapter on synchronisation fascinating. There is some great tips for making the most of natural rhythms. I also liked the chapter on middle life and the middle of projects and how to manage the consequences.

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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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Some really different ideas

This looks at both business and personal time and gives practical tips along with academic theory. Beginning and middle is g rest. Dips a bit at the end which is disappointing when he calls out that endings matter.

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insightful and entertaining - time well spent...

Very well researched and presented. This book is crammed full of interesting insights, tips for time management and myth busters. whether you need to make more of your time for a profession or are just interested in time and it as a concept - you'll get a great deal from this book.

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First half great, second half filler

Really loved the first bit of this book and raved about it to my friends, but the latter half was really irrelevant to me. If it was a physical book I'd have been able to flip through these parts and may not have got so bored, but with the audiobook I wasted a lot more time giving each chapter a chance before skipping through. Worth a listen for the start though, very interesting and informative.

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Really insightful will listen to again.

Helping me better plan my day. With tools and techniques to implanment. will definitely improve my enjoyment of productivity.

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  • Nora
  • 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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  • Prashanth
  • 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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  • 05-02-18

Inspiring and well researched

I found this book hard to put down and well worth my time. It was inspiring and well researched.