Dan Pink suggests that your legal work probably isn’t as valuable in the afternoons—the “trough” of your day. (For similar reasons, he avoids afternoon doctor appointments and thinks you should, too.) In this episode Dan discusses the science of timing and productivity, the subject of his latest book, When, and also compensation and motivation, the subject of Drive.
Also, Dan says science doesn’t think much of the billable hour:
The billable hour is one of the most autonomy-thwarting, controlling, self-direction inhibiting mechanisms that one has. It puts the focus on the clock rather than on the work.
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Mentioned in this episode:
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
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Daniel H. Pink
Daniel H. Pink is the author of six provocative books — including his newest, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing,” which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller “A Whole New Mind” and the #1 New York Times bestsellers “Drive” and “To Sell is Human.” His books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 39 languages, and have sold three million copies worldwide. He lives in Washington, DC with his family.
Last updated June 28th, 2022