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Book Freak #18: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing

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In this issue of Book Freak we present tips about how to best use your time, from When: The Scientifi
 

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July 2 · Issue #18 · View online
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In this issue of Book Freak we present tips about how to best use your time, from When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink.
Earlier this year I interviewed Daniel for the Cool Tool Podcast about some of his favorite tools. Listen to it here.

The ideal length for a nap
“While naps between thirty and ninety minutes can produce some long-term benefits, they come with steep costs. The ideal naps—those that combine effectiveness with efficiency—are far shorter, usually between ten and twenty minutes. For instance, an Australian study published in the journal Sleep found that five-minute naps did little to reduce fatigue, increase vigor, or sharpen thinking. But ten-minute naps had positive effects that lasted nearly three hours. Slightly longer naps were also effective. But once the nap lasted beyond about the twenty-minute mark, our body and brain began to pay a price.” 
What to do with a spare minute
“If you’ve got an extra minute left, send someone—anyone—a thank-you e-mail.” 
― Daniel H. Pink, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Take a break
“Vigilance breaks prevent deadly mistakes. Restorative breaks enhance performance. Lunches and naps help us elude the trough and get more and better work done in the afternoon. A growing body of science makes it clear: Breaks are not a sign of sloth but a sign of strength.” 
― Daniel H. Pink, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
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