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The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Narrated by: Daniel H. Pink
Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
4.4 out of 5 stars (135 ratings)

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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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Repeated themes

Good book to read, looks like chapter 4,5,7,8 are repeated! There are parts where I felt the book could have been summarised in five pages. It feels like the same facts are repeated several times to reiterate the same message

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Good theory based

Was great in beginning, wanted a little in middle and picked up in the end good theory based conversation

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Listened to the audio book over a couple of days while painting. Daniel Pink narrated the audio book and I have enjoyed his past books and this one. Some amazing stories and studies on the science of when is the best time to do things. Worth a listen.

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Very interesting!

I found this book incredibly interesting. Some parts seemed logical but the data explained really helps to work out 'when' to make decisions, when peaks and troughs happen in productivity and when to expect some of lifes challenges.

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a very relevant book

The delivery of the book is very entertaining. The author makes the content actionable through specific tasks and experiments.

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really enjoyable

gave new meaning to time and timings and helped refocus my life. i liked the middle of this book the best haha

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Time is of the essence!

Good insight to timing; book kept stopping and it was hard to find where to go back to (chapters are only numbered, not by topic/chapter name).

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-09-2019

Food for the inquisitive mind

A refreshing perspective on the concept of time and the effects it has on every day life. Highly recommended.

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  • Vasan2k
  • 17-07-2019

Wonderful insights about time

The book talks about the importance of poignant ending. This book ends with the statement “everything is timing” which is different from the worldly commonsensical saying we often hear: “timing is everything.” Loved the practicality shared as stories in the book. Being from India, loved the coverage of dabbawalas excellent service. Less or no preachings, no frameworks to excel, just simple understanding and actions that are easy enough to apply and get a profound impact on our lives. Highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Splento Photographers On Demand
  • 05-11-2018

Highly recommend

I loved Dan Pink’s other books, so I surprise here - great! Highly recommend to Thank everyone.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-10-2018

"Timing is not everything, everything is timing."

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. for those who are curious about how to extract the best of your day and possibly from your life, I would highly encourage you to absorb this book. thank you Daniel H Pink

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Alex G
  • 31-05-2019

Well written and insightful!

Well written, with great insight into perfect timing. Plenty of little case studies make this book relevant and accessible.

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  • LC
  • 03-02-2019

Some useful tips to improve your life

An enjoyable listen with a number of valuable tips related to timing, including our daily times of optimal performance, the most effective length of a nap and when to have them, the best time to start things, using midpoint urgency to enhance results by highlighting that are a bit behind, the importance of good endings, benefits of teams doing things in synchrony to enhance belonging.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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