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Publisher's 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

Critic Reviews

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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Amazing book about yhe importance of time

Great story, perfect narration... would definitely recommend it to whoever wants to grasp the importance of time in our life.. typical Daniel Pink book.

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Unheard and useful principles of time

How to maximize the use of timing. insights on how and when do certain things like eat rest or perform at your peak.

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Something always valuable from dan pink

This is 3 1/2 stars from the always interesting Daniel pink. Not quite as good as Drive but still definitely worth the time to listen to.

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Are you a lark, owl or third-bird?

If you could sum up When in three words, what would they be?

Insightful, evidence based

What other book might you compare When to, and why?

Drive by Dan Pink because it has a similar flow and use of external evidence, so isn't just Dan's opinion.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The Time Hackers handbook

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When I realised I wasn't an owl or a lark, but a third-bird.

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A great buy.

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Answers many questions

"When" answers many questions that seem obvious once revealed, but that few have thought to ask. In a similar vein to "Drive", Dan Pink grabs the data from many sources, to construct a meaningful guide to optimising your performance in all arenas, from the professional to the personal. If you're a teacher this book will make many pennies drop. If you're a human being who sleeps, it will give you relatable and useful information. In other words, everyone should read this book.

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It's about picking morning, afternoon or evening

I thought the book was about the science behind timing the market, or understanding of external factors, reading clues in order to go ahead with a business or personal decisions.

The book is instead about picking morning, afternoon or evening for your tasks. A bit disappointing.

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  • Nora
  • 27-04-2018

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
  • 09-03-2018

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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  • MarqD
  • 05-02-2018

Inspiring and well researched

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

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  • readysetrun
  • 19-07-2018

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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  • Pete Clark
  • 05-03-2018

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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  • Siobhan Blaney
  • 30-04-2018

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-03-2018

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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  • Catriona Ferris
  • 04-03-2018

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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  • D. Baxter
  • 18-01-2018

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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  • Guy R
  • 12-02-2018

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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  • S. Peacock
  • 26-08-2018

Interesting but could have been a half hour long

I like Dan Pink's stuff, I've listened to a lot of his short RSA lectures and it's always interesting. This book was just as good but is way too long, it could easily have been condensed into one of those 1/2 hour RSA animate lectures that work so well for this kind of material.

Also, I find the research and social science bit interesting but the self-help element is both dull and useless, the book could be substantially abridged by cutting that bit out altogether.

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  • G Sleigh
  • 07-08-2018

simply outstanding!

incredible insights I hadn't even contemplated. the delivery of the information made it easy to listen too as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 31-07-2018

not what I expected.<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />

performance was fine but there was no story as such just information.
Which I did not find in the slightest bit interesting or useful.
Overall this book did not entertain me no can I see any useful advantage in listeig to this book. The world would be no poorer for it's non existence.