When by Daniel H. Pink


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: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, Pink shows that timing is really a science.Drawing on a rich trove of research from ...

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Release DateJan 9th, 2018
PublisherRiverhead Books
GenreNonfiction, Psychology, Science, Self Help, Business

Reviews When

  • da AL
    The author does an entertaining job of writing and reading. He does an admirable job of making one contemplate the importance of considering timing -- one's inner rhythms and those of others. Too bad it often rings of glossy pop psychology, though -- an amalgamation of sometimes iffy statistics via sweeping conclusions...
  • Marianne
    4.5★sWhen: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is the fourth book by bestselling American author, Daniel H. Pink. If we’re making an important life decision, what we decide obviously requires careful consideration. But what about when we decide? Could the time of day that we make a decision be significant? Could the time of day affect how well we learn or do our work? Does it really matter when we have that first cup of coffee? According...
  • 7jane
    (since my paperback version is not here, I use the hardcover one.)music: Robert Palmer - "Housework" (like the little twist to the story in this song)This book is a good one to have when trying to improve one's life, at work and at home. When-decision times come in so many ways: changing jobs, starting a project, running a marathon, when to exercise... it's importantly to do things not in a haphazard way, especially with important decisions.This ...
  • L.A. Starks
    Pink has written a gem of a how-to book that cites and summarizes a huge amount of research on how to get things accomplished more efficiently, despite basic biological/organizational challenges like afternoon lulls and beginning-of-project chaos. Readers will close the book with several ideas about how to make better, happier use of each day's hours. Don't miss the last section on the joys of synchronicity, from crew to choral singing to the tra...
  • Brandice
    I really liked When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel Pink. The book was interesting. I was into it from the get-go but the last chapter was probably my favorite - thinking in terms of tenses. The book discusses the factor of time, in many facets of life: The impact of one decision and the timing in which you arrived at that decision. It discusses (among other things) the hidden pattern of every day life, beginnings, midpoints, ...
  • Christopher Lawson
    In WHEN: THE SCIENTIFIC SECRETS OF PERFECT TIMING, author Daniel Pink shares scientific, surprising findings that have serious consequences. Did you know, for instance, that the timing of your surgery is important? Studies show that far more mistakes are made later in the day, so be sure to get a morning appointment! Similarly, if you are in court, the disposition of the judge is a lot more lenient in the morning.To work the most efficiently, it'...
  • kartik narayanan
    Read the full review at my blog Digital AmritI used to believe that timing was everything. Now I believe that everything is timing.What is the book about?When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing is written by Daniel Pink, famed author of books like Drive, A Whole New Mind, To Sell is Human etc. Daniel Pink talks about the importance of timing in this book. According to him, Timing is an emerging science and he explores this science further ...
  • UB
    I picked this up because lately, I can’t shake a sense of panic about time slipping through my fingers (babies becoming biggies will do that, so too will turning 39 in a few weeks, which the author spends some time talking about - “the nines” and how they approach life). No big surprises in this book but a quick and fun read nonetheless. Also, So. Much. Stanford. But I love that place, so...
  • Peter
    I feel I have to stress that the title of this book is very misleading. This book doesn't convey any actual secrets and it also doesn't teach you much about perfecting your timing in any of the various scenarios that it covers. What it does teach you, is that there are certain trends and rhythms in many aspects of one's life, from your daily energy and focus levels to more general feelings and commonalities people experiences during a lifetime. T...
  • Asia Burnett
    I wish I could do 3.5 stars. This book was a little slow/repetitive to start but the useful tips and exercises throughout have had me quoting it for the past week and gave me some good work ideas: including ending the day with a quick thank you email to someone. Worth the read if you’re looking for ways to strategize your time or make a fresh start.
  • Mehrsa
    It's my fault for reading this pathetic excuse for a book. It's not Pink's fault for writing a book that says nothing new at all or the publisher's fault for promoting a book that has absolutely no value whatsoever. I knew what it was when I picked it up. And yet, I am a sucker for self-help books that just regurgitate a bunch of soft science I already read in the New York Times. It's my fault. Don't make the same mistake. Maybe I made this terri...
  • Bookworm LLC
    “When” is destined to become required reading for all college students regardless of major. Daniel H. Pink shines the stage lights on Perfect timing, bringing it out of the shadows of mystic good ol’ fashioned luck and showcasing it as a learnable, teachable and accomplishable part of the show of life. This may have been the first time I read about studies and laughed. Mr. Pink’s humor and chapter summations kept me going at just the righ...
  • Jim Razinha
    I read Dan Pink's Drive before I read his A Whole New Mind, which was a better order because Drive was better written and had a more accurate message than Mind. Okay, a message that resonated better. When is as good as Drive, if not as much a paradigm shifter. But it is still a think prompter.Dan Pink writes an easy read...he's really good at it. Drive is excellent. And, as with Drive, he's very good at summarizing the extensive research he's don...
  • Karen Ashmore
    We all wonder when is the best time to be productive, take breaks, make decisions. Pink explains the reasons behind the timing. He claims timing is everything. Maybe not everything but it sure helps to know the right timing. One of my favorite parts of the book is the Time Hacker’s Handbook, a list of practical tips to incorporate in your daily life, that he included at the end of every chapter.
  • Daniel
    I am a fan of Pink. In this book he talks about timing. 1. Most people do well in analytical tasks and have better mood in the morning, worse in the afternoon, and slightly better in the evening. That is, except the night owls. 2. Breaks are powerful and improve performance. A power nap of 20 minutes is good; it is even better if one drinks coffee just before the nap so that when one wakes up the coffee perks one up. 3. Beginnings are important. ...
  • Christine Nolfi
    Fabulous tips on how to increase productivity by making subtle changes to your work routine. Highly recommended for any woman crawling through the afternoon energy slump by consuming too much sugar and caffeine. Highly recommended!
  • Roxanne
    This is a Goodreads win review. This book having perfect timing for everything in your life.. He talks about the patterns we have every day.
  • Gary Moreau
    Daniel Pink has already written a couple of best-selling books, and it’s safe to say this one will be his latest. It’s a book about timing, the “when” side of the “what” coin. When is a lot more critical than most of us assume. And it’s importance is naturally underscored simply because “when” seems less controllable than “what”.But both assumptions are generally wrong. Or at least a bit myopic. We can adapt the what to the ...
  • Jacques Bezuidenhout
    This is definitely not on the same level as Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. But still a short and interesting listen.I cannot say that I learned something ground breakingly new, or that I'll change much in my life. But it was a nice affirmation that both in my personal life, and at work, things are mostly done optimally.(view spoiler)[A lot of his suggestions around:- not eating before exercise- exercise first thing in the mo...
  • BookOfCinz
    Time.... it is the most limited thing we have on this planet and we all want more it. Daniel Pink shows us in this book how we can make the best use of our time. "When" The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" really deep dives into when is the best time for us to make major decisions, go for a run, ask for your presentation to be made, do an interview. This is the kind of non-fiction I love to read. The ones that are grounded in facts, tells a ...
  • Frank
    Very well written, with a touch of humour. The book is about what we feel at different times of day and different times of our life. But not all of the info is practically useful; some of the info is only emotionally useful, but that is still a good thing. For example, it is typical for people to feel a slump, a lack of motivation, in the middle of their lives, and this can take some of the edge of a person's guilt for not getting goals achieved ...
  • Valerie
    Definitely some worthwhile information in here, but I see this as more of a read to skim than a deep dive. Pink does a good job of backing up his points with research and also cites a few books to check out afterwards. I did take note of a few of the tidbits he shared, but didn't feel like I walked away learning anything that was incredibly surprising or life changing.
  • Romans Karpelcevs
    It has some useful tips, but the books is written like a collection of lifehacks and towards the end of the book stops being about time or the 'when' problem at all.Some research seemed dubiously attributed to the morning-afternoon hypothesis because it originally targeted other problems related to our thinking and I'm not convinced you can just change "before/after mealtime" research into "morning/afternoon" like Pink did without running a new r...
  • Anderson
    A very good book about timing.PROS:The book is concise and clear about what it offers. After reading it you will surely feel you have learned more about timing and you will have specific changes that you would like to implement. Indeed, Pink demonstrates once again that he is a very practical person and that he is not writing just to keep the wads piling up, but rather because he truly wants to help himself and the readers. Because of that, you c...
  • Scott
    I won a copy of When in a Goodreads giveaway thanks to the generosity of the publishers. When is a short and easy to read guide on when to do things in life, outlining strategies with references to support the information. It’s a quick read and engaging, though a lot of it is based on American things, like sport and school and research. This isn’t a major issue as most of the world is relatively familiar with American culture. Recommended rea...
  • Dadao
    Occasionally insightful but largely shallow. The guide part (Time Hacker's Handbook) is consistently detached from the main part because of ecological fallacy, which I doubt if the author takes seriously, and the constant conflict between academic bestseller style and cheap self-help style. Sometimes the writing even begs the question of integrity, if not morality, especially in the hospital malpractice case.
  • Willian Molinari
    Amazing insights if you like to base your decisions on scientific research. Daniel pink read dozens of scientific research and used related to *When* it's good to do things. You can read the papers yourself if you want, the references are there. I really like the tone of the book because it's not showing "how you should do things" but instead it shows that there are these studies saying that people usually do better when doing in that particular ...
  • Uwe Hook
    Daniel Pink’s strength in is books is taking interesting studies and framing them with context to make those individual studies have greater meaning through the connections with other work. It may come across as more self-help than social science, but sometimes self-help is needed. In this case, it is at least grounded in science.In “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” Pink looks at the nature of time in three sections. In the ...
  • Dan Connors
    I've been a fan of Daniel Pink's writing and enjoyed this short, but informative book. Pink spends some 200 pages going over beginnings, middles, and endings and how we can use them and our awareness of them to improve our lives.He goes into detail about the daily rhythm of life, not unique to humans, where our mood and productivity improve gradually during the morning, dip substantially after lunch, and gradually rise again late in the day. We s...