Washington Post

The best time of day - and year - to work most effectively

Daniel Pink, author of "When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing" Photo by Rebecca Emily Drobis.

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?..

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