| January 9, 2018

A Man's Life, Podcast

Podcast #369: When — The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

When it comes to planning for success, we tend to focus on the what and the how. For example, when we set our workout goals, we’ll come up with detailed plans on what exercises we’ll do; when we come up with a debt repayment plan, we decide exactly how we’re going to pay down the debt. 

But what if success in any endeavor isn’t only decided by the what or the how, but also the when

That’s what my guest today argues in his latest book. His name is Daniel Pink, he’s the author of Drive, A Whole New Mind, and To Sell is Human. In his latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timinghe takes a look at how timing can affect everything from the way we make decisions to how creative we are, and even if a group will be successful in a shared task. 

Daniel and I discuss how to use your internal clock to your advantage, why you shouldn’t get surgery done at 3PM in the afternoon, if there’s really such a thing as night owls, and why you should find more opportunities to sing in a group. 

This is a fascinating discussion that will provide plenty of cocktail party fodder, but more importantly, actionable points you can put into practice today to make yourself more effective. 

Show Highlights

  • How Daniel got into researching timing in our lives 
  • Why people think about the how and why of things, but not the when 
  • How much the time of day matters in our performance 
  • The peak-trough-recovery cycle of our days 
  • How you should spend your mornings, afternoons, and evenings?
  • Why shouldn’t schedule medical procedures for mid-afternoon
  • Why your creative tasks should happen in the evening 
  • Chronobiology, and figuring out your chronotype
  • What’s the deal with night owls? Do they have hope in a lark world?
  • Why the American Academy of Pediatricians recommends that the school day starts no earlier than 8:30am
  • Does the workweek follow the same energy flow as the day?
  • Taking advantage of “temporal landmarks” 
  • Why when we start something can have a huge impact on that endeavor’s success
  • What can a young man do who graduated during the recession?
  • Midpoints — how being down at halftime (in sports or life) can actually be more motivating 
  • How endings affect our behavior 
  • What colonoscopies can teach us about how we remember things
  • Timing in groups, and how groups can get more in sync 
  • The power of singing in a group 

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Last updated: January 10, 2018

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