When - Daniel H. Pink
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When - Daniel H. Pink
About the Book
The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Daniel H. Pink
Author of six provocative books, e.g.
A Whole New Mind
To Sell Is Human
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The Emotional Pattern of Our Daily Lives
We experience an emotional cycle every day
We feel positive/happy in the morning; the feeling drops in the afternoon, then climbs back up in the evening
To make the most of your day, it's important to know which chronotype you are
60-80% of people
20-25% of people
Peak around 9 pm
Positive rebound in the morning
Often more creative, neurotic, impulsive and depressive
= Early riser
Experience the peak, trough and rebound a few hours earlier than others
Often more stable, happy, introverted than others
Examples for efficient scheduling
Morning peak = best time to handle analytical tasks
Rebound = best time for abstract or 'out of the box' thinking
Night time = best time to think analytically
Morning = best for creative thinking
Mindless, busy-work tasks are always best scheduled for the trough
NOTE: We move through the different chronotypes as we age
Children and old people tend to be larks
Teenagers are usually night owls
The Importance of Breaks and Naps
When timed well, breaks expand our cognitive abilities and improve our mood
Even 5 minute breaks during work have been shown to...
What to do during breaks
No email checking, no texting!
Spending time outside
Improves mental and emotional state
BUT: don't nap longer than 20 minutes, otherwise you'll suffer from sleep inertia (feeling groggy)
Ideally, have a 'napuccino'
= Cup of coffee before a 10-20 min nap
Caffeine takes 20 min to enter the bloodstream, so it'll kick in right when your nap is over!
Timing in Project Management
The Power of the Midpoint
People usually focus on the beginning and the end of a project, but the middle is extremely important, too.
The 'Uh-Oh Effect'
Teams often do hardly anything at the beginning of a project, and then at the exact midpoint, they go 'uh-oh, we really need to get to work' - that's when they finally get busy
The midpoint is the perfect time to give your team a spark of motivation and productivity
We tend to give too much meaning to endings
That's why people sometimes display extreme behaviors near the end of a project
Beware of extreme or rash behavior as the finish line draws near!