Have you ever wondered, “What is the best time to be doing this?”
The question is more just than you think! Studies show that there are certain times that are better than others to make important decisions, study,
It’s more than a “guesstimate”; it’s a science! Chronobiology, often referred to as that “science of good timing” studies performance and phenomena regarding time and our peak performance.
“An inner clock embedded inside your brain has been ticking away, keeping perfect time, since you were a baby,” writes Dr. Michael Breus, clinical psychologist and author of The Power of When. “This precisely engineered timekeeper is called your circadian pacemaker, or biological clock.”
Whether you want to achieve higher grades or need to develop a new professional skill, there’s a right time for everything!
So, you need to ace a test or study for an upcoming presentation. Believe it or not, there are specific times where our brains are wired to soak up information for specific tasks.
Below we’ve highlighted the best times to complete and succeed in specific tasks.
What Is the Best Time To…
Make a Decision
Make it a morning decision! Your brain is the most alert after it’s had the chance to rest and recharge!
Save the most important decisions one to three hours after you’re up and at ’em.
Study for a Test
Thinking about pulling an all-nighter to study for a big test? Think again!
Traditionally, the least effective time to learn is between 4 and 7 in the morning. Night owls may want to strut their stuff all night, but the odds of retaining any information is slim to none.
Instead, opt to schedule your study session when your brain is in, what scientists call, acquisition mode. Acquisition modes are primarily between 10 in the morning and 2 in the afternoon, and again from 4 to 10 in the evening.
Friday afternoons are, surprisingly, very productive from a creativity standpoint. Friday may seem like the worst time but paired with our good moods, our positivity breeds good ideas and creativity.
What Fridays are for creativity, Mondays are for the exact opposite. If you can avoid it, save your brainstorming sessions to later on in the week. Most of us are tired and sluggish in the beginning of the week, making new ideas few and far between.
Obviously, be conscious of Daylight Savings Time and adjust your clock accordingly.
The concept of time has always eluded us. To compensate for daylight and to give farming communities an extra few hours of sun, we turned the clock forward and back twice a year.
It wasn’t always like this either! “Spring Forward, Fall Back” is a relatively new concept in terms of how humans have tried to make sense of time. Read more about Daylight Saving Time and the strange, winding road we took to get to where we know today.