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WHEN

TIMING IS A SCIENCE, AN EMERGING BODY OF MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH THAT OFFERS INSIGHT INTO THE HUMAN CONDITION

This is a book about timing. We all know that timing is everything. Trouble is, we don’t know much about timing itself. Our lives present a never-ending stream of “when” decisions — when to change careers, deliver bad news, schedule a class, end a marriage, go for a run, or get serious about a project or a person. But most of these decisions emanate from a steamy bog of intuition and guesswork. Timing, we believe, is an art.

This book will show you that timing is really a science — an emerging body of multifaceted, multidisciplinary research that offers fresh insights into the human condition and useful guidance on working smarter and living better. Visit any bookstore or library, and you will see a shelf (or twelve) stacked with books about how to do various things —from win friends and influence people to speak Tagalog in a month. The output is so massive that these volumes require their own category: how – to. Think of this book as a new genre altogether — a when-to book.

For the last two years, two intrepid researchers, along with the author, have read and analyzed more than seven hundred studies in the fields of economics and anesthesiology, anthropology and endocrinology, chronobiology, and social psychology to unearth the hidden science of timing. Over the next couple of chapters, he uses that research to examine questions that span the human experience but often remain hidden from our view. Why do beginnings whether we get off to a fast start or a false start — matter so much? And how can we make a fresh start if we stumble out of the starting blocks?

Why do some school schedules impede learning, but certain kinds of breaks improve student test scores? Why does thinking about the past cause us to behave one way, but thinking about the future steer us in a different direction? And, ultimately, how can we build organizations, schools, and lives that take into account the invisible power of timing — that recognize, to paraphrase Miles Davis, that timing isn’t the main thing, it’s the only thing?

This book covers a lot of science. You’ll read plenty of studies, but it is also a practical book.

Let’s begin!

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