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.


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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