The 10 Best Times for People To…

by David Ning · 16 comments

One of my readers sent me this great piece on productivity. While most of these about general well being and therefore non-personal finance related, understand that without a healthy mind and body, money is unimportant.

  1. Best time to Study – When you wake up in the morning, you will probably feel tired and dizzy.  However, once you wash your fast, you will be energized and refreshed.  This is also the time where your mind is the clearest, so studying in early morning will help you remember everything much easier.
  2. Best Time to Exercise – It’s great to go out for a walk in the morning because air is the freshest during that time.  It can not only help clear your mind but is great for your body as well.
  3. Best Time to Eat Fruits – One hour before a meal is best.  This is because as fruits are mostly eaten cold, eating it first before your hot meal won’t cause your body to increase excessive white blood cell production.  This is good to protect your immune system.
  4. Best Time for Training – The best time for training is in late afternoon / early evening.  The reason is because this time is when your body is performing at the best.  In other times of the day, your blood pressure and heart beats are usually higher, so training during those times are harmful to your body.
  5. Best Time to Shower – Right before bedtime is usually the best time to shower, as it relaxes your joints and muscles to give you a better night’s sleep.
  6. Best Time to Sleep – For afternoon nap, it’s best to do it after 1pm because that’s the time when your body is the most sluggish.  At night, going to bed at 10 to 11pm is best.  This is due to the fact that a human’s deep sleep usually happens around 2-3am, and the fact that it takes a body approximately 1 and a half hours to get into deep sleep.
  7. Best Time to Brush Your Teeth – 3 minutes after every meal.  This is because acid will start to be broken down from the food, which start damaging your teeth.
  8. Best Time for Skin Care – Skin care is best done at night because that’s when your skin is in recovery mode.  (It is also the time when no one else other than your spouse are looking at you.)
  9. Best Time to Drink Tea – Definitely not within one hour after a meal, as drinking tea may block the absorption of non-heme iron.  Therefore, it is wise to wait one hour after your meal to allow the nutrition to be fully absorbed.
  10. Finally, Best Time to be Financially Responsible – All the time.  Period.
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  • anne says:

    I’ve been following the ‘showering at night’ mantra for years but for a different reason. I had long hair and hate split ends. Showering at night allows me to avoid hair dryers and allow my hair to dry naturally. I’ve gotten countless compliments on my hair because I don’t use heat on my hair.

  • Lifted truck trader says:

    i do exercise mostly 2 to 3 hrs before my dinner time .. as not able to wake up early in morning … have to care about office timings too ..

    good info shared … will like to follow those which can suit my time schedule like eating fruits on time … and about shower , i have it before sleep at night for sure to get fresh and relax…

  • Jingle says:

    Very healthy and nice post. Along with this perfect sound also helps to sooth.

    Jingle

  • MoneyNing says:

    SimplyForties: When I read it from my reader, I saw it as training referring to intense activities that puts a heavy load on the heart while exercise does not.

  • What’s the difference between exercising (do it in the morning) and training (do it in the afternoon)? I wonder why one would be better in the morning and the other in the afternoon. I imagine most of us do it whenever it best fits in our schedule.

    As for #5. The shower itself may be relaxing but all the ancillary tasks involved (doing my hair, for example) aren’t relaxing at all. Maybe that’s more of a man thing.

    Interesting list.

  • Matt @ StupidCents says:

    I need to get in the habit of getting up earlier so I can be more productive. I tend to go to bed a little later, but I can never force myself to go to sleep. Maybe as I get older it will get easier?

    Tips 3 and 9 were new to me. Thanks.

    Stupidly Yours,

    Matt

  • Ken says:

    I loved # 10…be financially responsible all the time. So may folks don’t have a plan for their money. They do what feels good and deal with the consequences later.

  • Denis says:

    Nice list, I agree with some of these but for example, best time to train is in the evening/late afternoon…at other times it’s HARMFUL? I’ve known people in great shape and they train in the morning. Some of these seem subjective with not much evidence to back them up. But some like #5 make perfect sense.

  • Also, the best time to Come Up With New Ideas and be Creative is at night. I don’t know why that is, but studies have shown that.

  • Craig says:

    Exercising in the morning is great. It’s when you have the most energy. I would also say working out during the afternoon right after lunch or before lunch is the best though, if you have that luxury. You still have the energy level, and it’s a great way to break up your day at work.

  • Rebecca says:

    Neat list. I agree with the morning walks. I feel so much more energized after a walk in the fresh morning air.

  • Brian says:

    cool list, I learned something today.

  • Sid says:

    Holy OCD, Batman. God bless the author of this list. I admire his/her discipline. I couldn’t do it. It would be drudgery for me.

  • Vik Dulat says:

    Great list. I believe taking a shower right before you go to sleep is ideal as well. It relaxes the body and you get a good night’s sleep.

  • fauzy says:

    good info for me. thanks…

  • tom says:

    Awesome post, I would say best time to exercise is first thing in the morning because it jump starts your metabolism and your body is in motion from the start.

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