It’s science: The best times of day to do everything

Be a time-management pro: Here are the best times of day to do nine things.

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New school year, new class schedule and new daily routines. But could the time of day you choose to do certain things — like cram for a test, hit the gym or email an internship application — work against you?

Make the most of your days by knowing the optimal time to do nine common college activities, according to research.

The best time to: Write a paper: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Creative activity is highest during and immediately after sleep. Do laundry: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Friday at 10 a.m. is the best time. Wednesdays and Saturdays are the worst. Send an email: 11 a.m. Open rates peak, presenting a good time to email professors or send internship applications. Study: 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Studies show that better learning happens later in the day. Nap: 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Aim to sleep for only 10 to 30 minutes, otherwise you’re more likely to feel groggy. Clean your dorm room: 4 p.m. Hand-eye coordination peaks, and mood levels are high. Work out: 5 p.m. Your body is warmed up, leading to peak muscle strength and endurance. Hit the dining hall for dinner: 6 p.m. Your body will have a chance to fully digest before you go to sleep. Check your bank account: Before 9 p.m. After that, if you deposit a check it may not be posted in your account until the next day.

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