We know the feeling. You come into the office on a Monday morning, you've barely had a single sip of your first coffee, and BAM! You're hit with 129 emails—most of which annoyingly need a reply.
Cue you throwing out responses in all directions and attempting to organize your inbox before a 10 a.m. meeting. Sound familiar? According to Grammarly, though, this isn't actually the prime time to reply to emails—but rather, you should wait for the "golden window" of 1-5 p.m. Good to know.
See, the Chrome extension aims to correct emails for grammar/spelling/typos before you send them, and after analyzing the billions of words the system has corrected, Grammarly noticed that people who compose emails early in the morning and late at night are significantly more likely to make mistakes.
The company found that, on average, emails written between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. had 11.8 mistakes per 100 words written, and emails written between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. saw 14.3 mistakes for every 100 words.
They also noticed that bloggers make fewer mistakes than social media and email writers in general, which probably isn't surprising, but that more mistakes were still made super early and super late.
So, before you prepare to send that all-important email about a promotion/job application/pay raise? It might be worth waiting until after your lunch.
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.