The Best and Worst Times to do Everything

Don’t schedule a surgery on a Friday:  A startling research study published in the British Medical Journal shows that those who get operated upon on a Friday are 44% more likely to die than if they go under the knife on a Monday. Think about it for a moment, and you will realize why this can happen–medical care tends to be more lax during the weekend, whereas the first 48 hours after a surgery are the most crucial. So, Mondays have their plus points, too!

Do your workout late afternoon or evening:  While exercise done at any time of the day is beneficial, and millions of people like to work out in the morning, here is something to think about. Physical performance peaks between 3 pm and 6 pm. According to a study, lungs function up to 17.6% better at 5 pm than at midday. Guess what part of the day most Olympic records are broken? Yes, in the late afternoon or evening, says Professor Greg Atkinson from Liverpool John Moores University! That may be because body temperature peaks post noon and blood vessels are well dilated, giving us a natural pre-exercise warm up.

Do take a nap midday: Mayo Clinic suggests the best time for a nap is between 2 pm and 3 pm.This is the time when alertness levels drop and post-lunch drowsiness hits you.Another reason to choose this time frame—it is less likely to interfere with your nighttime sleep, if you keep the nap not longer than 30 minutes.

Don’t buy shoes in the morning: If you do, you are likely to buy the wrong size. The best time to buy shoes is late afternoon or evening, by which time feet have expanded to their correct size from walking around all day, says a study conducted by the Loyola University Medical Center .

Do post tweets and emails between 6 am and 10 am. The reason is simple—you are refreshed from a nightlong sleep, filled with new energy, and thus likely to send out more positive and cheerful messages. Business wise, too, your tweets and mails are more likely to get noticed and responded to in the pre-lunch hours, when most people like to get pending work out of the way.

Do ask for a raise or do your tough talking between 9 am and 10 am: this is when your energy levels are fresh and high. If your boss does agree to give you the raise, the chances of your file getting processed within the week are higher. Bringing up serious issues closer to the weekend may not be a good idea, when bosses and co-workers are sliding into relaxation mode.

Do think creatively at your individual power time: An article in the Wall Street Journal suggests that 9 pm might be the most creative and productive hour of the day, when fatigue has set in and tends to loosen you up. However, a poll of the most productive time periods reveals that different people have different creative peaks and troughs. The best way to figure out your own power time may be to observe the pattern that your creative thinking follows from day to day.

Do get a dental check-up: for women the best time for a dental check up is the week after their period, when estrogen and progesterone levels are low, and the dentist can make a more accurate assessment of your gum health.


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heather g.
heather g.2 years ago

Thanks Shubhra - excellent advice! I'm a great believer in timing.

I've heard that 'hospital procedure' timing endless times here in Canada. The worst time to need a medical procedure in over the Christmas/New Year holiday. For years a friend of mine used to work over that period because everyone demanded time off - regardless of the needs of patients and leaving a the hospital short-staffed.

You surprised me with the news about the optimum time to exercise. I always aim for the afternoon and never knew why - other than that it felt right ! Thanks again!

Freddy Jones
Freddy Jones2 years ago

interesting...thank you

Fenny Quinto
Fenny Quinto2 years ago

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Thanks for sharing

Carole R.
Carole R.2 years ago

Good information.

Denielle Nicol
Denielle Nicol2 years ago

Very interesting.

Philipa Longley
Philipa Longley2 years ago

Interesting, thanks for sharing.

Brian M.
Past Member 2 years ago

The worst time to make decisions is when one is drunk.

Lindsay P.
Lindsay Partin2 years ago

I had oral surgery on a Friday. It only took about 45 minutes anyway and I went home. A gave a friend a spare key to my apartment so she could get in the next day to check up on me while I was doped up on pain meds. I was scrambling eggs when she dropped by (the oral surgen said I could eat soft things like scrambled eggs the next day). I always know where I am and what happened. I'm just drowsy.
I need to keep the shoe thing in mind. I really do.

Lynn C.
Lynn C.2 years ago