It turns out there is a best time of day to do everything at work according to science. Buzz60’s Sean Dowling has more.
They say timing is everything. Yet when it comes to how we work, it’s often not given much thought at all. We work nine to five (or 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) not because that’s when our bodies work best, but because that’s when we’re supposed to show up. We spend weeks preparing a pitch presentation for a new client, but give no thought about when we give it. We spend the first two hours answering email in our inboxes rather than doing our most challenging work.
But in Daniel Pink‘s latest book, timing really is everything. What’s your “chronotype”? When’s the best time of day to do your hardest work? What does research say about giving good news or bad news first?
Pink, the longtime business author and former speechwriter for vice president Al Gore, answers these questions and more in his latest addition to the work-smarter genre, “When.” Well known for his popular books that apply research from psychology and other social sciences to motivation, creativity and sales, Pink delves into one of the less frequent questions about our jobs: Not just what, how or with whom we do our work, but when — the best time to take breaks, start a new project or compete in a bid for new clients.