Informative and fascinating in places, but a bit drawn out and overly elaborated in others. The "self-help" chapters seemed redundant and read as if they had been added to make the book a marketable length.
This book is a compilation on multiple studies on chronobiology and its manifestations in other areas like psychology, anthropology and team dynamics. While this book is clearly designed with the mass market in mind, it still offer some good insights on how to apply the concepts of circadian rhythms to everyday life.
If you are looking for a more in-depth, scientific based literature about chronotherapy I highly suggest to read the following: Terman, Michael | Chronotherapy - Resetting your Inner Clock to Boost Mood, Alertness, and Quality Sleep.
More affirming than surprising. A more entertaining read as a self help book.
I feel like I've read many of the issues/suggestions presented here before, but I also feel like this is the first time they've "clicked" for me to the point where I changed my actions. Specifically, I've come to better understand when I'm most productive and focused, and have started scheduling my focused vs "a monkey could do it" tasks based on this understanding. I've also started to take a quick screen-free rest at my lowest part of the day (3-3:30) as often as can be accomodated. I feel healthier and more productive.
Pink's attempt to create a "When-To" literature, along the lines of popular "How-To" books. Some of the information is very interesting--such as learning your own circadian rhythms (lark, owl, etc.), when to schedule hospital operations, and why early school openings are so difficult for teenagers--and some of it gets far too structured for my tastes. Key takeaway: humans, just like other living organisms, have optimal times.
I admit I've read so many books about this sort of thing that they all start to sound the same. There's a good bit of new research in this book, and it's easy to read and really enjoyable, but after hearing the author plug his book on podcast after podcast, I feel like I've already read it.
So I only read about the first third. Maybe someday I'll get back to it. Like if I have a lobotomy and forgot all this that I've already heard and read and known just by being curious about how to be a good person in the world.
Skip reading it and remember that you're at your best in the morning, worst in the afternoon, and better in the evening. But you probably already knew that.
This was an easy read with a "self-help" feel. It was worth a read through but I wouldn't buy it for my own collection or read it again.
Quick read. I really didn't take a whole lot away from this book. Outside of the fact that everyone is a morning person.... 2.5 out of 5 *****
"When" is a little less detailed than his other books but the reader can glean whatever suits them to their needs. The research on the beginning, middle, or end in certain circumstances brings interesting "uh huh's" to the mind. Parts of the book were not particularly speaking to me and some of his writings were personal to me or universal to all. I like the group synch - Do we have a clear boss..who engenders respect?....., Belongingness..to tribe?, Activating the uplift...that helps the group survive? There seems to always be a pearl or two to Pink's books that I can take away and be satisfied with.
Looks like a salesman, gonna sell you some snake oil and this is another book that really doesn't do what the hype promised. A waste of time . Even glance reading proved that this guy if full of beans
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