There’s a peak time for everything

It’s great to be on top of the world!

1. What is your favorite time of day? Why?

2. How do you feel at other times of the day?

3. Do your moods and energy go up and down?

4. Do you have a regular routine that you do every day?

Here is a post from Oct. 2, 2012 IFO had left behind in a leftovers file for this blog.. It is a lesson plan for her Teaching English as a Foreign Language class that she enjoyed for a full month in Prague, CZ  which she reprints below.

IFO began by using an article from the Wall Street Journal by Sue Shellenbarger, that was one of her best, judging by a Google-search on the title. The number of bloggers and columnists who keyed off of it was huge.

At first IFO thought it wouldn’t have any applicability to this blog, Investing for One, but on further reflection, it actually has two uses for investors.

First, it can help you determine your own best time for making investment decisions, and Second, you can use it to analyse yourself and create a daily living plan that is more in accord with your body clock.

. Useful Words and Phrases

1. Natural rhythms                                   — Body’s reaction to nighttime and daytime

2. Commuting                                           — Traveling to and from work or school

3. Schedules                                              — Things done at certain times of the day

4. Body clock                                            — How body does over time

5. Cognitive work                                     — Mental activity, thinking, remembering

The body clock ignoring alarm clocks!

Body clock ignores alarm clock!

Thinking about the title:

When is your peak time? When are you happiest? When do you feel most awake? When do you have most energy? What is the best time of day for you to study?

.                   Your Body Has a Peak Time for Everything

Pack More in a Day By Matching Tasks To the Body’s Energy; Lung Power at 5 p.m.

WSJ, 2012 — Could you pack more into each day if you did everything at the optimal time?

A growing body of research suggests that paying attention to the body clock, and its effects on energy and alertness, can help pinpoint the different times of day when most of us perform our best at specific tasks, from resolving conflicts to thinking creatively.

Workday demands, commuting, social events and kids’ schedules often dominate — clashing with the body’s rhythms of waking and sleeping.

As difficult as it may be to make schedules fit with the body clock, it may be worth it to try, because of important health benefits. Changing body rhythms has been linked to such problems as diabetes, depression and obesity, says a professor of biology at the University of Southern California.

When the body’s master clock can time all its food-burning, heart and body action rhythms in response to light and other natural events, it “gives us an edge in daily life,” Dr. Kay says.

When it comes to doing cognitive work, for example, most adults do best in the late morning, says Dr. Kay. As body gets warmer just before waking in the morning and continues to go up through midday, working memory, alertness and deep thinking slowly improve. Taking a warm morning shower can speed the process.

The ability to focus and concentrate normally starts to slide soon thereafter. Most people are more easily distracted from noon to 4 p.m.

For most adults, problems that require open-ended thinking are often best tackled in the evening when they are tired.

Of course, everyone’s body clock isn’t the same, making it even harder to make natural rhythms fit with daily plans. A few people operate on either of two time types: Morning people tend to wake up and go to sleep earlier and to be most productive early in the day. Evening people tend to wake up later, start more slowly and peak in the evening.

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Questions about text –

Does this text say what you thought it would? What parts did you not expect? Do you agree with the information presented?

Reading Tasks

Task 1. Answer the following questions by underlining the answers in the text:

a. Paying attention to the body clock, and its effects on energy and alertness, can help do what?

b. What workday demands clash with the body’s rhythms of waking and sleeping?

c. Changing body rhythms has been linked to what health problems?

d. As body temperature gets warmer just before waking in the morning and continues to go up through midday, what mental processes begin to improve?

e. What is the best time for solving problems that require open-ended thinking?

Task 2. Find two verbs in the text that you do every day. Write a sentence with each one.

Language Focus

1. Write these words and phrases in the order you usually do them during the day:

Eat      Sleep      Wake up     Meet friends     Read       Go to school or work      Play football

Walk in park       Watch TV        Listen to radio      Walk     Buy food      Drink beer

Play squash       Wash dishes       Shower     Brush teeth

2. In pairs, ask and answer these questions of your partner:

a. What time do you get up?

b. When is your biggest meal of the day?

c. How often do you exercise?

d. What sports do you play? When do you play them?

e. Meet with friends.

Reading Task 2 – Look at the people in the picture doing things during the day. Here are titles for what they are doing. What do you think the order should be?

            THINK CREATIVELY              TAKE A SHORT NAP

    WORK OUT              DO PHYSICAL WORK       HAVE A TOUGH TALK        

              WRITE UPBEAT TWEETS            DO COGNITIVE WORK

Production:

Write a few sentences about a normal day for you or someone you know.

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About InvestingforOne

I've been investing in various assets by myself using a discount broker for many years. Over that time, I've developed some theories that others might find useful. Plus, there is more to investing than money. Time, talent, work, friends, family all go into developing a good and satisfactory strategy.
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