London: Timing really is everything and selected time management tips can help people save money, improve their health and make smarter career choices, an author has claimed. In order to write the book, Mark Di Vincenzo carried out extensive research studying sales patterns, consumer habits and historical trends.

In each chapter, previewed on his website, the former investigative journalist covered a range of themes, including beauty, pets, cars, and children.

Asked for his top tip, the resident of coastal Virgina said it was difficult to pick one. "That's a little like picking your favourite children. But the tips I like the most are the ones with surprising results," a daily quoted him as saying.

According to Di Vincenzo, dieters will witness greatest success during the winter months as "brown fat, also known as good fat, burns calories instead of storing them, and it works harder when it's cold".

While employees looking to get a promotion should approach their managers in "January as companies with fiscal years that end in December are less conscious of spending money in January".

He also dished out advice on some stranger topics, including what time of day to get anaesthesia, when to colour hair and what stage a child should be taught math.

He published his first best-seller 'Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon' in 2009, and his latest work expands on the theme.

The title of 'Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4.00' was also inspired by his findings.
Di Vincenzo found Wednesday to be the best day for buying footwear as many retailers offer discounts of up to 40 per cent on that day.

4 pm is pegged as the optimal time for Tweeting as this is when most Twitter users are active, meaning companies and individuals can gain maximum exposure.

Signing up at a gym in summer is beneficial as gyms are trying to lure people inside during great weather, and will lower membership rates in order to do that.

Visit the garage on Monday mornings as workers don't want to be late for work on Mondays. If you can take your car in on a Monday, you can get in and out quicker, and some repair shops will offer deals to get business in the door.

Dye your hair when it's slightly dirty. Our scalps are covered with a film that protects it, but after you wash your hair, the film is gone, so if you colour your hair right after you wash it, the chemicals in the dye can irritate your scalp.

Make an appointment for 9am to visit the doctor. Complications related to anaesthesia are four times more likely in the afternoon, when anaesthesiologists are more likely to be tired, distracted and stressed out.

Start cleaning your house at 4pm. In the late afternoon, physiologists say we have more energy and behavioural psychologists say we tend to be in a better mood, so we won't feel blue at the sight of a vacuum cleaner.

December is the best month to sign a lease. It's cold and dark in December, and many people have lots of Christmas-related errands to run, making it a bad month to move. But apartment managers need to fill vacancies, so you can get good deals on rents and security deposits if you're willing to move then.


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