- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Riverhead Books (Jan. 9 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735210624
- ISBN-13: 978-0735210622
- Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing Hardcover – Jan 9 2018
|New from||Used from|
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
“Pink delivers the bad news about our time-based weaknesses with some good news about how to compensate for them. More delightful still, many of these tips involve simply slowing down, taking breaks and stealing naps. Alas, none of this advice will prevent time from flying by, but at least there are proven ways to fill our hours a bit better.” —The Wall Street Journal
“Known for his popular books on motivation and creativity, Pink tackles the science behind how we organize our time and how we should set up the routines of our days.” —Washington Post, 11 Leadership Books to Read in 2018
“[Pink] unpicks compelling patterns... And he includes handy ‘time-hacking’ advice on how to put the insights divulged into practice.” —Nature
“Daniel Pink is one of the few non-fiction authors alive today capable of filtering the work of so many scientific minds through his original human stories and onto the page. He is doggedly diligent in his academic research yet his examples are accessible... Like a long walk with a good, funny, wise friend in a leafy park, reading this book is time well spent.” —Harper's Bazaar
“The breadth of the book's scope is impressive... Pink makes a point to end each chapter with takeaway points that readers can apply to their own lives. When is engaging, conversational and tightly edited, making it an easy yet important read.” —Associated Press
“When contains a cornucopia of compelling information and insights.” —Philadelphia Inquirer
“Helpful tips and insightful solutions.” —Forbes
“Pink should change many people's understanding of timing with this book, which provides insights from little-known scientific studies in an accessible way... By the book's end, readers will be thinking much more carefully about how they divide up theirs days and organize their routines.” —Publishers Weekly
“Consistently applying the principles laid out in the book could have dramatic impacts on one’s life and on society.” —Washington Post
“Solid science backed by sensible action points.” —Kirkus
“Helpful, inspiring and thoughtful advice.” —Booklist
“[When] reveals that timing really is everything... This marriage of research, stories and practical application is vintage Pink, helping us use science to improve our everyday lives.” —BookPage
“Minutes are precious—and easier than ever to waste. Daniel H. Pink’s deeply researched but never boring study could be a turning point. College students and business managers alike may find new ways to organize their schedules and ease difficult decisions by using the 'hidden pattern' of time to their advantage.” —The Wall Street Journal
“A new thought-provoking book about time and timing.” —Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
“[Pink’s] latest book, When, draws on research from psychology, biology and economics to explore how timing impacts every aspect of our lives.” —EdSurge
“In this amazingly actionable and equally enthralling book, Dan tackles all the big timing questions.” —LinkedIn
Praise for Daniel H. Pink and his books:
“Provocative.” —Malcolm Gladwell
“Compelling.” —The Washington Post
“Like discovering your favorite professor in a box.” —Publishers Weekly
“A frothy blend of utility and entertainment.” —Bloomberg
“Convincing.” —Scientific American
“Radical, surprising, and undeniably true.” —Forbes
“Audacious and powerful.” —The Miami Herald
“Right on the money.” —US News & World Report
About the Author
Daniel H. Pink is the author of several books including the New York Times bestsellers When, Drive, To Sell is Human, and A Whole New Mind. His books have won multiple awards and have been translated into 39 languages. He lives with his family in Washington, DC.See all Product description
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Showing 1-8 of 15 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
It has three sections, the first section being the psychology. What's behind your psyche, getting to know yourself, figuring out your energy levels. The second section is about practice. It's about putting together an action plan for you to optimize the perfect timing. And then finally the third section, it focuses on the external forces that can help or hinder perfect timing.
So the first two sections about finding yourself, and then putting those actions into action. Meaning following through with what you can do. But the third section is really all about how the environmental factors or other people, or other scenarios can help boost that perfect timing.
I love the casual writing style of Dan, it's very conversational. It seems like you're just having a conversation over coffee, and talking about that perfect timing, and it's very prescriptive. He loves talking about a theory and then following up with an example.
I really think this book is aimed for productivity buffs, self development folk and business people. So if you're an entrepreneur, starting your own business, and you need to get in the mindset and organize your day and be able to execute flawlessly, could be a good book for you. As well as people in business, whether you're working for a company or you're managing a team. Why? There is really good insight into human development and motivation, something that Dan really knows about. The main argument or main structure of how to create the perfect timing is really not about controlling time. Instead, its about about controlling your time as an individual, and that's really analyzing when you're most tired, and when you're most alert. This and other insight is backed by a lot of great stats, and some really good applicable exercises that you can execute on like the Nappuccino!
Now, looking back there aren't really that many books about timing. I could best relate this book back to Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which digs deep into the psychology of what motivates people. Another complimentary book, The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip and Dan Heath has a different take on the science of timing. Chip and Dan really talk about creating that perfect moment, more of a customer service focus.
Would I recommend this bad boy? Yeah I would. I found that there was a lot of actual insight. A lot of reminders for me, because I'm already a self-development business book type of person. Some strengths, it starts off really strong. Going into the framework of know thyself, and then delivering on practices or actions that one should take. Then I feel like it gets a little bit weaker at the end in terms of externalities and how that could help you out. All in all, I think Dan did a great job with 'When'. If you're a business person and you're managing a team, or you love self-development books you should really consider 'When' to go on your bookshelf.
I can't wait to see what Dan comes out with next. So, hey, maybe that's the book title for his follow up. Next!
An excellent wordsmith and very funny person, When is an easy, insightful and enjoyable read.