As a business owner that's hard-pressed for time, how many times have you wished for more hours in the day? Unfortunately, wishing won't help your cause, but knowing the best times of day to check off the items on your "to do" list will help you to maximize your time.
Believe it or not, there's actually scientific data that reveals the optimal times of day to do just about everything. Follow these guidelines below to help ensure that you're taking care of tasks at the best times of day and making the most of the limited time that you have:
Exercise: 5:30am to 6:30am
Studies indicate that beginning your day with an early morning workout before breakfast can send your body into an all-day fat burning mode and boost energy levels as well.
Eat Breakfast: 7:15am to 8:30am
By eating breakfast within an hour of waking up, you'll be able to jumpstart your metabolism and avoid hunger spikes later on.
Check Social Media: Before 9am
Not only is this a great way to get your fill of news for the morning, but it also has the potential to put you in a better mood. For example, data indicates that more users are likely to tweet about happy things first thing in the morning than at other times during the day.
Drink Coffee: After 9:30am
This may come as a surprise to some (especially if you fill up your coffee cup upon rolling out of bed in the morning), but it's best to wait until after 9:30am to have your first cup of coffee. This is because your stress hormone peaks between 8am and 9am, meaning that you don't really need that cup of coffee until after this happens.
Take a Break: 10:30am
Research shows that it's better to take a break earlier in the work day than later on.
Eat Lunch: 12pm
The optimal time to eat lunch is within 4.5 hours of when you had breakfast. Dietitians recommend eating lunch no later than 12:30pm to avoid hunger spikes.
Make an Important Decision: After 1:30pm
Giving yourself the morning to think things over and time to re-fuel over lunch makes after 1:30pm the optimal time to make a big decision.
Schedule a Work Meeting: 3pm
The ideal time to schedule a work meeting is 3pm, and the ideal day to schedule the meeting is on a Tuesday. You'll be more likely to have higher attendance as end-of-the-week deadlines are less imminent.
Ask for a Raise: 5pm
Waiting to talk to your manager about a pay raise at the end of the day is ideal as everyone is typically less rushed and in good spirits that the work day is coming to an end.
Brainstorm Ideas: 5pm to 6pm
Research indicates that people are typically more creative later on in the day as their brains are tired. Surprisingly, when the brain is tired, it's more likely to produce creative thoughts rather than logical ones.
Eat Dinner: 6:30pm
As a rule of thumb, you should eat dinner no later than 3 hours before you plan to go to bed. This is because people typically burn less calories during this time of day.
Read and Retain Information: 10pm
Studies show that if you need to retain information for an extended period of time, reading later in the evening is best.
Now that you're in-the-know about the best times of day to do everything, hopefully you'll be able to make the most of each day going forward.