Our bodies operate like fine-tuned machines where each tweak either improves or impairs our efficiency. Maintaining that efficiency requires us to optimize our energy. We present here the best times of the day to do anything and turn yourself into a rock star human being.
6:30 a.m. Wake Up
Right around this time, your body’s blood pressure and heart rate rise. Amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol, also increase. The body’s natural circadian rhythm starts at this time.
7 a.m. Make a Baby
Studies show men’s sperm counts peak in the morning. If you see a little junior or juniorette in your future, sex should be the first thing you do when you wake up.
7:30 a.m. Eat Breakfast
Eat within an hour of waking up. Breakfast fuels your whole day and eating early regulates your insulin and blood sugar while jump-starting your metabolism. Choose from foods such as eggs, toast, oatmeal, grapefruit and Greek yogurt. Skip the pastries. These will lead to an energy spike and heavy drop during mid-day.
8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Schedule a Doctor’s Appointment
Catch doctors at 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. also. Doctor’s won’t have seen as many patients in the morning meaning they aren’t running behind. Doctors will also use time during the lunch hour to ‘catch up’. Never schedule an appointment after the doctor just performed an operation. These can last much longer than offices anticipate.
10 a.m. Shop for Groceries
Right after eating breakfast and working out, your body has balanced blood sugar levels. Shopping for groceries now ensures you select healthier foods while skipping the unhealthy food you might select when hungry.
11 a.m.to 1 p.m. Schedule Plane Arrivals or Departures
When flying, schedule arrivals and departures between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. local time. This helps avoid local rush hour traffic. It also avoids certain weather patterns that cause delays. For example, on West Coast trips, marine layer fog doesn’t disappear until after noon local time. For Southeastern and Gulf Coast trips, thunderstorms typically start around 3 pm. Listen to Rally Caparas, a Travelocity “Eye on the Sky” correspondent:
Airline schedules are based on perfect weather conditions. You’re more likely to be punctual if you follow Mother Nature’s schedule.
12 p.m. Eat Lunch
Eating 4-5 hours after breakfast helps maintain your body’s hormonal cycle. As the saying goes, “eat breakfast like a king, eat lunch like a prince, and eat dinner like a pauper”.
Also, an extended lunch break helps your body reset for the afternoon. Eating and resting during this hour will maintain your concentration and energy levels.
1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Take a Nap
Many famous people took naps during the day. John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Thomas Edison, all took a midday break that studies show helps more than caffeine. During this hour, your REM and slow-wave sleep intersect. The body temperature lowers at this time as it does at night. Make time for a nice 10-20 minute to refresh, boost your memory and get yourself going for the next 2 hours.
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Learn a New Sport
Hand-eye coordination reaches its peak during this time. Learning a new activity will come much easier during these golden hours.
5 p.m. Ask for a Raise
This time works for two reasons. First, your boss will have less issues on his plate towards the end of the day. He’ll have a much better mood and will better receive your request. Second, you’ll have a biological advantage. Asking for a raise will increase your awareness and body temperature, putting you in the ‘zone’ for the negotiations.
5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Do a Cardio Workout
Perfect time for cardio. The end of the day has loosened up your body, relaxed your muscles and your lungs operate more efficiently. All these factors decrease your chance for injury. Plus, exercising at this time relieves whatever stress you’ve accumulated that day.
6:30 p.m. Eat Dinner
Dinner at this time works out perfectly. Those who eat dinner later in the day tend to gorge themselves. The longer the break between lunch and dinner, the more famished you’ll become. As a result, you overeat.
8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Walk Your Dog
Walking your dog at this hour gives it one major benefit: socialization. You’ll feel more relaxed and take your time walking your loved one. This gives your dog more time to enjoy the outdoors and perhaps run into another dog. Just like humans, dogs need daily interactions with others. Also, taking your dog for a stroll at night avoids midday sun, preventing it from overheating.
9 p.m. Sell Your Items on eBay
Most people bid and browse during the hours after dinner. Make sure to end your auctions during this time to maximize exposure.
10 p.m. Make Decisions
The day is almost over. You’ve put the kids to bed and finished dinner. The hustle and bustle of the day has quieted down. At this moment, you’re totally relaxed and able to think clearly. Now’s the time think through any big decisions you need to make. Your clear-headedness will greatly improve your ability to rationalize.
We make so many decisions daily, sometimes we find it hard to step back and really ask ourselves: How do I make my life better? These life hacks will optimize your day and improve your health and well-being exponentially.
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