When by Daniel H. Pink

Daniel H. Pink’s book When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing covers the topic of you guessed it TIME. We have all heard of “HOW TO BOOKS.”  In fact, walk into any book store across America, and you will find whole sections of “HOW TO” books. Daniel H. Pink says that he has written a “WHEN TO” book.

         Daniel H. Pink argues that we should make “WHEN” we do something as important as “WHAT” we do. This book answers the question of when is the best time to work on projects that involve critical thinking, when we should work out, when we should start a job, when we should quite a job, when we should get married and more. Daniel H. Pink takes studies from peer-reviewed social scientists and discovers that there are idea times WHEN we should do almost everything in our lives.

         This book helped me to rethink the importance of time altogether. After finishing this book, I have adjusted how I spend critical peak times in my day. When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing showed me how to determine my peak times of performance and structure my schedule around that. Now I can synchronize my work that requires the most analytical thinking around the times my mind is the most active.

         Before reading this book, I thought very little about the importance of time. We have all heard that saying, timing is everything, but I rarely spent any time thinking about when I did things. I generally tried to stack as much into the day as I possibly could. Now I realize that if I know the best times when to do things I can get far more done in a much more effective way.  

         This book covers much more than just how to schedule your day. As I mentioned above, it goes over a wide variety of topics and when you should do them. One of the fascinating topics Daniel H. Pink covers is beginnings, endings and in between. The patterns found in when we start a project, when we are in the middle of a project and when are at the end of a project will give you fresh insight on how to manage your projects. If you are a leader of a project, this chapter will help you understand the psychology behind the people in your group and how you can get more out of them.

         I would recommend this book if you have ever thought, when is the best time to make a decision, or when is the best time to work on a specific project, or if you are just interested in social science and how people inner clock work.  In this book, Daniel gives you several time-hacks to help you best spend your time and optimize your WHEN. This book you will help you discover how to best live, work and succeed.

-William A. Horton

Atomic Habits by James Clear

           Atomic Habits

            On my quest to read 52 books this year I have already finished twelve. Today I finished Atomic Habits by James Clear. Atomic Habits is the first book I have finished that I will read again towards my 52-book goal this year. It is hard for me to rank books right after I read them because unless it is a total dud, I think every book I read is excellent. It is only after a few weeks have passed that I reflect on the actual quality of the book. Rating books are very subjective because I am reading for a specific goal and agenda so my ratings may be different from yours because of that. Atomic Habits was so full of rich information that I will reread it. This is the only book so far that I have decided to reread. That tells me out of any of the books I have finished this year; this may be the best so far. Heck, I may start rereading it as soon as I post this.

Wisdom teaches that to be the best in life and to achieve everything you want you must set a specific goal and achieve it. Goals are useful for setting direction, but goals only change your life for the moment. Once you have reached that goal, you stop. Goals are at odds with long-term progress. They create a yo-yo effect. A person may train to run a 5k for months, but as soon as they cross the finish line, they stop training. What is more important than the goal is the system you build to achieve that goal. Focus on the system and not the goal for long-term success (Clear, 2018).

The key is setting small habit and being consistent. There is a Greek parable that asks the question, can one coin make you rich? If you give someone ten gold coins, you would not claim they are rich. However, what if you add another? And another? At some point, you must admit that no one can be rich unless one coin can make him or her rich.

The same is true with habit says James Clear. Can one tiny change transform your life? It is likely you would say no. But what if you made another? And another? At some point, you must admit that one small change can transform your life (Clear, 2018). In this book, James goes over the science behind habits. Tiny changes can add up to remarkable results.

If this sounds interesting to you than I would suggest Atomic Habits by James Clear. Atomic Habits book goes in depth on how to form good habits and how to eliminate bad habits.