“When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” by Daniel Pink – BOOK SUMMARY

“When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” by Daniel Pink – BOOK SUMMARY


– [Narrator] In When,
The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Daniel
Pink answers questions like, why do students score higher
at tests earlier in the day? Why should we avoid making big
decisions in the afternoon? And when should we take breaks to optimally restore our energy? We’re faced with so many
when decisions every day, with the power to change our lives, yet we leave timing to
chance or intuition. Big mistake. The big idea is that our days consistently go through a predictable
peak, trough, and rebound. Three out of four people’s
daily lives follow this pattern. And the rest, the so-called nigh-owls, they experience the reverse pattern. So how does this help you? First, figure out your type by calculating the midpoint between the time you go to bed and the time you wake up. If you’re the most common type, save analytical tasks for the morning and insight tasks for the late
afternoon or early evening. Even if you’re allocating the right tasks at their optimal time,
you still shouldn’t try to power through them in one sitting. Breaks are critical. But when should you take them? Based on data collected
from a time-tracking app, the most productive people tend to work for 52 minutes straight, and then take a 17-minute break. Leave your desk, move around,
take your mind off work. Above all, you have to beware
of your natural trough period, which usually comes about
seven hours from waking up. That’s when you tend to
make your worst decisions. So what can you do about that? How about taking a nappuccino? That’s no ordinary nap. Sleep for more than half an hour and you’ll go into what’s
called sleep inertia and you’ll wake up groggy. Research shows that if you sleep for five minutes or
less you get no benefit. But if you sleep for 10 to 20 minutes you’ll wake up much more alert and your energy levels restored. And if you want to
jumpstart your productivity, drink a strong coffee
right before taking a nap. It takes 25 minutes for the caffeine to enter your bloodstream, so when you get up from your nap you’ll get hit with a dose of caffeine and you’ll be off to the races. The book is filled with
evidence-based tactics to help you figure out how to
map out the different tasks, decisions, and breaks
on your daily routine. But on a more macro perspective, it also answers questions around
when to start a new career, or why you should re-start
if you had a poor start, and how to avoid false starts altogether. Each chapter culminates in
a time hacker’s cheat sheet with practical how-to’s and takeaways to make all the ideas
in the book applicable, so you can become the master of your when. (gentle upbeat music)

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  1. Welcome Back!
    And better yet back with one of my fav subjects of study over the last few years!! 🙌🏼
    Don’t disappear for as long again pls.

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