Perfect Timing: How to Make the Most of the Day
From when to send e-mail, sell something on ebay, or make a baby, find out how to best use your 24 hours each day.
8:30 a.m.: Decide Something
Researchers have found that we make our best decisions right after we wake up. Later, we suffer from “decision fatigue” and make the quicker or easier decision.
10 a.m.: Take an Aspirin
Mornings, specifically Monday mornings, are the most common time for both heart attacks and migraines. A preemptive aspirin could ward off pain or even save your life.
11 a.m.: Send an E-Mail
Analysis of more than 200 million e-mails found that people are most likely to read their mail shortly before their lunch break. Send one at 11 a.m. to be at the top of the pile.
2 p.m.: Take a Power Nap
The post-lunch slump isn’t just a symptom of a full belly; at around 2 p.m., your body temperature starts to drop the same way it does at night. Australian researchers found that a ten-minute power nap is the most effective way to combat the mid-afternoon blahs.
4 p.m.: Tweet Something Witty
If you come up with a 140-character zinger first thing in the morning, save it. A study conducted by social-media scientist Dan Zarrella found that Twitter users are most likely to retweet others’ pithy comments between 3 p.m. and midnight, peaking between 4 and 5 p.m.
5 p.m.: Get Some Exercise
Your body temperature is highest from 5 to 6 p.m. The heat increases your stamina and strength while decreasing your reaction time, so the added warmth makes your workouts more effective.
9 p.m.: Sell Something on eBay
According to eBay users, the best time to end an auction is 9 p.m. EST because people tend to surf the Web when they get home from work at night.
10 p.m.: Solve the World’s Problems
Difficult problems require creative thinking, and studies show that people do their most abstract thinking when they are tired. If you’re not a night owl, letting your mind wander when you’re worn-out might lead to a creative solution to a problem that seemed insurmountable at noon.