I’ll Tell You When
Angie Morgan, July 1, 2019
Do you ever find yourself giving advice to others about when they should do something?
Last week, I found myself receiving a ton of advice from Dan Pink about the art and science of perfect timing. He was visiting my home town, Traverse City, as part of the National Writers Series author interview program. We spent a better part of the day together in preparation for our conversation on the “main stage.”
I was fascinated by the research he uncovered talking about timing in his recent book “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.” Some of the ideas that struck me were:
- When scheduling meetings, we often think about when people are available when we should think about what we want to talk about. There are peak times for creativity that could increase the quality of the meeting.
- Who made meetings 30 minutes or 60 minutes? (Answer: Outlook calendar.) Why can’t they be 13 minutes or 22 minutes? When a meeting is done, wrap it up.
- Midpoints in events – such as projects or change initiatives – can either drag us down or motivate us. This is good to know. If you’re struggling during a midpoint, be mindful of why it feels like it feels.
- Fun fact – if a 9 is the last number in your age, you’re more likely to run a marathon. (There’s a spike of entries for people who are ending a decade – 29, 39, 49, etc.)
- It’s always a great idea to take a nap at work – and a 10-20 minute snooze could be the break you need for a breakthrough idea.
As leaders, we’re always looking for ways to be more efficient, creative, and productive. True to his promise, Dan gives us plenty of hacks in his book. I highly, highly recommend it and plan to put into practice a few of the concepts this week as I strive to find ways to make the best use of the minutes I have.
Have a great week! Happy Fourth of July!!
My best, Angie
PS Do you have any great time hacks? Let me know!! firstname.lastname@example.org