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FOCUS: The Power of TIMING

We’ve all heard the expression, “Timing is Everything.”


Along comes Daniel Pink’s recently released new book, (Jan 9, 2018), “When - The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” to corroborate that quote.

When the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, we see before us a brand new year full of possibility. His book gets at the important time of day for us to to do focused work, be more productive and even healthier. So before you think New Year-New You let’s look at Pink’s research.

Here are his conclusions for all of us to get 2018 off to a successful start:

A. To be more successful with our work/mental pursuits

Daniel Pink book cover
  • 1. We need to recognize that during the approximate 16 hours we are awake, our cognitive abilities change, and often in a regular, foreseeable manner.
  • 2. Think of the day in three acts: a peak, a trough and a rebound. Most of us operate that pattern in that particular order, though one in four of us are night owls and experience that in the reverse.
  • 3. During the peak is when we can focus the best. For most of us that’s when we wake up until almost noon. This is when we should do work that requires our full attention and analysis, such as financial statements, important writing, and tasks that need our concentration.
  • 4. The trough occurs after this peak and makes it difficult to stay focused. For most of us that is in the early to mid afternoon. Our good intentions and effectiveness plummet so Pink suggests do mindless tasks, like answering email then or filing papers.
  • 5. The final stage is the rebound. For most of us this happens in the late afternoon and early evening. He suggests this is when we should use this time for creative thought and brainstorming. For night owls their rebound time is the reverse - in the morning.

Bring your time and your tasks into alignment for much greater success in the new year.

B. To be more productive and happier

  • 1. Take more breaks. Not long breaks but short breaks can help us to maintain our focus and reactivate our commitment to a particular goal.
  • 2. Researchers in Pink’s book found “microbursts of activity” much more valuable than a single 30-minute walking break. Short walking breaks increased motivation and concentration and enhanced creativity.
  • 3. Breaks can be more powerful when spent with others versus alone.
  • 4. Getting outdoors for a short walk was the best. People who did that returned feeling happier and more rested than those who walked inside.
  • 5. Stop taking breaks and doing other work, like checking email or discussing work projects. Strive for total detachment on the short breaks. People who do this were found to have less stress and boosted moods.

Now is the time to visit our schedules and see how we can tweak our tasks for more success, more focus and much more happiness in 2018!


For those of you in Southern California I wanted you to know that Daniel Pink will be in Carls-bad on Sunday, February 11 at 2 p.m. He will be speaking at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane, and the best part is admission is free.

Each year the Carlsbad City Library selects an author for their Carlsbad Reads Together, and Mr. Pink’s works have been selected for this year. This will be an outstanding event and I hope that those of you in the area put this on your calendar.

The library suggests that those who want to get the most out of his presentation read anyone of these specific titles, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” “A Whole New Mind,” “Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,” or “To Sell is Human.”

Pink is highly regarded as a business innovator who was named in 2015 as one of the top 10 business thinkers in the world by London-based Thinkers 50. His TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the most watched TED Talks of all time.

Hope to see you all there!


“If you keep waiting for the right time, it may never happen. Sometimes you have to make the most of the time you have.”
Priya Ardis
“Time isn’t the main thing. It’s the only thing.”
Miles Davis
“If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
Bruce Lee
“Time and health are two precious assets that we don’t appreciate until they have been depleted.”
Denis Waitley

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