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January 27th, 2011
A 10%ers Guide to Being Smarter

We've got a list here from "Woman's Day" magazine that has all the best times of day to do different things.  It's usually the times when no one else is doing them. 

And yes, we do see the problem in sharing a list of off-peak times . . . which could, in theory, lead to those times becoming the peak times.  But let's just pretend that's not the case.

Go to the gym before 8:00 A.M.  If you put off exercising until later in the day, there's a much greater chance you'll skip it.  Plus the gym is less crowded in the mornings than it is after work.

Place orders online before 9:00 A.M.  That way you have the best chance they'll be shipped out that same day.

Call customer service just after 9:00 A.M.  It's early, but a little bit after they've opened, so the people there will be done handling overnight messages and be able to focus on you.

The best time to hit the DMV and the post office is . . . before 11:00 A.M.  Most people will try to squeeze those in before work or during lunch, not during the mid-morning.

Make restaurant reservations after 11:00 A.M.  If you want to make reservations, do it close to lunch.  By then, a manager or maitre d' will be at the restaurant and you can deal with them directly.

The best time for a business lunch is before noon.  By getting there before the rush, you'll get the best table and more attention from the staff.

You should set up doctor's and dentist's appointments after 1:00 P.M.  In the morning, they're usually dealing with emergencies, and get backed up until lunch.  After lunch they're less busy and have a clean slate.

If you want to talk to an executive, try after 5:00 P.M.  Your best bet is to try calling after their assistant has left for the day.  Executives tend to work later, so calling after regular business hours gives you the best chance of getting through directly.

Fill up your gas tank after 6:00 P.M.  In the morning, there are usually lines.  After 6:00, there shouldn't be any waiting.

The best time to buy groceries is after 9:00 P.M.  There are fewer people there at night . . . and fewer kids running around.

If you need to call tech support, do it in the middle of the night.  Later at night gives you a better shot of only sitting on hold for an hour, instead of six hours.  Since a lot of tech support lines are 24-hours, take advantage of the off-peak time. 



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