"Real Simple" magazine just released a list of the best times of the day to do nine different things. We've seen other lists like this before . . . even ones that have some contradictory suggestions . . . but since this one is the newest, here you go.
--Get a haircut at 8:00 A.M. You want to be the first
appointment of the day. That's when your barber or stylist is fresh,
and by definition, can't be backed up with other appointments that ran
--Return things to stores at 10:00 A.M. When stores
open, they have the best ratio of staff to customers. It's the best
time to get service with the fewest other people in the store getting in
--Take a flight between 11:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M. That's when there are the fewest weather delays, and it helps you avoid the airport rush.
--Take a nap between 1:00 P.M. and 2:30 P.M. That's
the time that works best with your body's natural rhythms. And the nap
should last 15 to 20 minutes. Once you pass 30 minutes you'll feel even
groggier when you wake up.
--Clean the house at 4:00 P.M. That's when your coordination is at its peak and your mood is the best.
--Ask for a raise at 5:00 P.M. You want to talk to
your boss when they're the least rushed and least likely to get
distracted, and that's at the end of the day.
--Do cardio between 5:00 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. In the
early evening, your lungs use oxygen efficiently, you're more
coordinated, and your muscles are warmed up. Exercise is also an
excellent stress reliever from the day.
--Walk the dog between 8:00 P.M. and 9:00 P.M. Dogs view walks as their FUN. Walking your dog at night lets him enjoy the smells and sounds he misses during the day.
--Read something at 10:00 P.M. With the way your brain is organized, that's when you're most likely to retain information.