My Favorite Book This Year

I know, I know. We are less than four months into 2018. But I have already enjoyed several books that have marked me. One of them—I’d like to talk about today.

Daniel Pink just released his latest book called, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. I’ve enjoyed each of Dan Pink’s best-selling books, but this one hit me at the right time and in the right place. He doesn’t call it a “how to” book but a “when to” book. He helped me understand the best time for tasks and activities in my day. He offers a sort of “cheat sheet” on when to work, sleep and play that’s useful for both personal and professional contexts. He provides research on issues from work to marriage to sports to education. He chose contexts that have scientific evidence of making a difference, even if it’s just a little advantage, in our day.

Not only does Dan offer the science behind when to engage in activities, he furnishes a sort of “life hack” we can employ today. For instance, he suggests:

1. Know Your Two Daily Mood Peaks.

Most humans experience two “mood peaks” each day—one about noon and the other around 9:00 pm. We should recognize and capitalize on these with our key priorities.

2. Take a “Nappuccino.”

Drink a cappuccino right before you nap. It takes 20-25 min for the caffeine to kick in. When it does you’re done napping before R.E.M. kicks in. You’re ready to go again.

3. Make a “Break” List—Not Just a “To Do” List.

Dan Pink believes we not only perform better with a prioritized “to do” list, but with a “break” list, reminding us how often and when we should relax before a big task.

4. Schedule Your Work Flow.

Do analytical tasks in the morning (our brain tends to slump on these in the afternoon). Do creative tasks in the afternoon (when our brain needs to innovate).

5. Take a walk in the daylight outside, not just inside. It’s better for you.

The best breaks, research suggests, are active, social, outside and totally detached from work. (No more lunching at your desk). Get outside for air and vitamin D.

Each chapter ends with a “Time Hackers Handbook” with practical life hacks for us. More than anything, Pink argues for alignment, which can be a matter of life or death. Did you know medical errors increase in the afternoon? Pink shows how taking breaks can help. When surgical teams pause to regroup before a procedure, patients benefit. Students score higher on tests after recess. Judges become less harsh after a snack. And taking naps? Well, Pink has become a convert to the “nappuccino.”

I highly recommend the book…but I actually have a better idea.

An Offer for Secondary School Leaders

I have an offer for educators to meet author Dan Pink. This summer, Growing Leaders is hosting a RoundTable for Principals. We are inviting the first 150 decision-makers who serve middle schools or high schools and sign up. This includes:

  • Principals
  • Assistant Principals
  • Curriculum Advisors
  • Student Council Advisors
  • Superintendents

Take a wild guess who is interacting with us, in person.

Author Daniel Pink will join us, offering specific insights for educators, helping us to:

  • Lay out the best daily schedule for student performance.
  • Time the best way to foster collaboration with faculty and staff.
  • Create the best plan for your own personal effectiveness.
  • Craft the best environment to create a life-giving school culture.

Because this is a smaller environment, we will literally “workshop” the ideas offered from the stage from Daniel Pink, Will Parker, Dee Ann Turner, an Educational Panel and, myself. This event may just be the highlight of my year. I hope you can join us.

Date: June 21-22, 2018 (with an optional Habitudes Intensive beforehand, June 19-20)
Location: Atlanta, GA
Agenda: Short sessions, with time for Q and A with presenters, table discussion with peers, then workshop time for you to create a game plan for this fall.



Your School Is Invited to Join Dan Pink at
The 2018 RoundTable for Principals 

Dr. Tim Elmore and our team invite your school to attend the 2018 RoundTable for Principals, an event for educational leaders who work in middle and high schools.

When you attend the 2018 RoundTable for Principals, you’ll get the key to:

  • Develop an action plan for creating a school culture.
  • Learn how to answer a never-ending stream of “when” questions to time decisions well.
  • Build healthy relationships on campus that set everyone up for success.
  • Leverage the unique strengths of each faculty and staff member to create a life-giving school culture.
  • Gain buy in from faculty, staff and students.

This unique RoundTable is limited to 150 secondary school leaders and is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

Learn More Here

My Favorite Book This Year