5:30 to 6:30AM
Research shows that working out first thing in the morning – specifically before breakfast – jump starts the metabolism, boosting energy and burning fat for the rest of the day.
7:15 to 8:30AM
It’s recommended you eat breakfast as early as possible – optimally within an hour of waking up – to set your metabolism and avoid hunger pangs later in the day.
A study that looked at over 500 million Tweets found that early morning Tweets tended to be happier and more positive, so start your day with Twitter if you want a jolt of inspiration.
Get a haircut
8 to 9AM
Industry insiders say that hairdressers are far less stressed or rushed first thing in the morning, so you’ll get more time and attention to detail if you schedule a morning cut!
Energy levels come in part from secretion of the stress hormone cortisol, and since that naturally peaks between 8 and 9AM, you don’t really need that first cup of Joe before 9:30.
Take a break
Most people are mentally sharpest and freshest when they first wake up, with mental resources fading as the day goes on. Therefore, studies show that a quick break from work mid-morning helps reset your clarity and focus.
Lunchtime is usually at noon for a reason, as nutritional experts recommend you eat your midday meal no more than 4.5 hours after your breakfast to avoid hunger spikes.
Make important decisions
A Columbia Business School study found that people felt more refreshed and had higher energy levels after eating, which contributed to better decisions.
Take a nap
Between 2 and 3PM
A post-lunch siesta for 10-30 minutes during the early to mid-afternoon helps you charge through the rest of the day without interfering with your night’s sleep.
Hold a meeting
Tuesday at 3PM
A comprehensive study by an online scheduling service revealed that Tuesdays at 3PM are the best time to hold team or company meetings. Not only is that the time most people are usually available, but it let’s people prepare and be in “work mode” from a day’s momentum. Meanwhile, Monday mornings and early in the morning are the worst times to hold a meeting!
5 to 6PM
Believe it or not, our minds are more creative when we’re tired at the end of our workday. While logical and focused thinking should be done in the morning, subjective and creative brainstorming is best when you’re fatigued.
Nutritionists and health experts recommend eating dinner no later than 7PM and at least 3 hours before going to bed.
7 to 8PM
Grocery stores are far less crowded on weekday evenings so you can get in and get out quickly, and you’re also more likely to find deals and lower adjusted pricing.
Post Facebook updates
Surveys show that people have more time to read and respond to Facebook posts that are made later in the day after the workday and dinner. However, the down side of late social media posts is that there’s less likely to be sharing and action, like clicking to buy something.
Take a shower
Your body temperature drops after taking a warm shower, which naturally makes you drowsy – perfect before hitting the sack at night.
Read and retain information
Psychologists have found that reading and studying information you want to retain is most effective at this time of night.
Go to sleep
10PM, 11:30PM, or 1AM
Each person’s sleep cycle is a little different, but most people need 7-9 hours of sleep and go through 90-minute sleep cycles, yielding these optimal bed times.
Send an email that actually gets read
We’re often hesitant to send emails on the weekends because we think no one is working or checking email, but research shows that’s actually the best time because inboxes are clogged so there is far less competition.
Send an email that garners a response
Between 6AM and 7AM
Writing and sending off your important emails that deserve a reply early in the morning will result in a 45% response rate according to various studies – the highest rate of any time.