Timing is everything | Daniel Pink on the best time for meetings, taking breaks and creative breakthroughs

Summary

Interview with bestselling business and “human behavior” author, Daniel Pink.

Dan has a new book out “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing” and talks about how timing impacts the way we work.

On a side note, I’m a bit disappointed that Tony Robbins isn’t doing the interviews on his own podcast. Guess he’s busy?

Why should you listen?

The timing of when you do things affects how well you do those things. According to science.

Use the insights in this episode to leverage the time of day where you are most effective.

This is worth listening to whether you’re a full on entrepreneur, just starting out or still in your 9-5 and want to perform at a higher level.

3 lessons…

  • 20% of the variance in job performance can be explained by the time of day a task is being done.
  • Everyone follows a cycle of Peak > Trough > Recovery. Do analytical, head down work in the Peak. Admin work in the Trough. Brainstorming and creative work in the recovery
  • If you can nap in the day (beneficial) keep it to 10-20 minutes. Longer than this takes you into sleep inertia – and you get that horrible groggy feeling when you wake up.
  • And drink a coffee before you nap

When you set a goal, what do you focus on? Odds are, you put most of your energy towards how you will achieve the results you’re after. But what if you shifted that focus from the how to the when. What if timing was that important? What if good timing could not only enhance your performance - it could actually give you the edge that you need to achieve your goal?

Welcome back to the Peak Performer season of the Tony Robbins Podcast. Today, we have a very special guest - New York Times bestselling author and one of the most influential business minds of our time, Daniel Pink.

Dan is widely regarded as one of the foremost thinkers in behavioral sciences. He’s upended conventional wisdom about what gives people drive and motivation. He’s challenged the value that society places on left brain over right brain skills. And he’s dispelled preconceived notions about what really makes a great salesman.

His latest work is no exception. In When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing - Dan offers profound insight into the importance of timing - and why most businesses, and most employees, really get it wrong.

Dan and I sit down and discuss the science behind timing - how it impacts your cognitive abilities, your mood, your state. And he reveals the secrets of how good timing can help you become the most efficient, effective version of yourself. And how business owners can leverage the time of day to create an optimal working environment for their employees.

Consider this episode a wake-up call. So that you can not only gain more clarity on why it’s not just about what you are doing, it’s really about when you are doing it that can make all the difference - letting you become the best version of yourself at work and at home.