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How I Cured My Monday Hangover and Summer Slump

Ministry leaders can benefit from paying attention to both divine timing and circadian rhythms.
How I Cured My Monday Hangover and Summer Slump
Image: Illustration by Rick Szuecs / Source images: Enoch Patro / Pexels / Aaron Burden / Unsplash

I am sluggish on Mondays, yet extremely motivated on Thursdays. My thoughts are creative and clear in the mornings, but when I attempt deep thinking mid-afternoon I often feel like I’m running in sand. My soul always feels different in January than it does in August. Why is this? As a ministry leader, I’ve had the sense that timing is crucial, but I’ve never known why until recently.

I enjoy Daniel Pink’s writings, so I was eager to get my hands on his latest book, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. The premise: When we do things matters more than we think. Why do regularly scheduled breaks significantly increase student scores? Why should we avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon? Why do prison boards grant parole for more inmates in the morning than in the afternoon? Science proves that we function rhythmically in our 24-hour cycles.

What we do is important, but when we do it is crucial. By knowing ourselves, we can maximize our days by aligning ...

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