Perfect Timing: It’s Easier Than You Think

Posted January 14, 2013 by Kelley Long in Life After Five

A recent article in Reader’s Digest, culled from Mental Floss, shared the best times to do everything. Here are a few of the timing tips that Career Girls might find most helpful (from the article):

8:30am: Decide Something – Researchers have found that we make our best decisions right after we wake up. Later, we suffer from “decision fatigue” and make the quicker or easier decision.

11am: Send an E-mail – Analysis of more than 200 million e-mails found that people are most likely to read their mail shortly before their lunch break. Send one at 11am to be at the top of the pile.

5pm: Get Some Exercise – Your body temperature is highest from 5 to 6 pm. The heat increases your stamina and strength while decreasing your reaction time, so the added warmth makes your workouts more effective.

10pm: Solve the World’s Problems – Difficult problems require creative thinking, and studies show that people do their most abstract thinking when they are tired. If you’re not a night owl, letting your mind wander when you’re worn-out might lead to a creative solution to a problem that seem insurmountable at noon.

Hopefully these timing tips will add to your productiveness and effectiveness.

About the Author

Kelley Long

Kelley Long is a CPA/PFS and CFP® who believes that the true meaning of financial security means having choices in life. Formerly the head of her own practice, KCL Financial Coaching, Kelley parlayed the knowledge and experience gained from starting her own business into her dream job as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Chicago-based CPA firm Shepard Schwartz & Harris. She’s also a volunteer and media ambassador for Feed the Pig and 360 Degrees of Financial Literacy. In Kelley’s perfect world, everyone would feel great talking about their money concerns, fears, questions and problems, because then everyone would see that we ALL have those concerns, fears, questions and problems. Kelley lives in Chicago where she also teaches BODYPUMP group fitness classes at the Chicago Athletic Clubs.


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