“I wish I had more time!”
“I have too much to do and not enough time!”
“There aren’t enough hours in the day!”
Have you ever found yourself thinking any of those thoughts? Or perhaps even muttering them out loud? My clients and workshop participants sure do.
I have some great news for you if you feel the same way!
Once a year, you are gifted with a bit of time relief. But if you’re like a lot of other people out there, you forget that you’ve received this gift until you show up somewhere at the wrong time. Or you turn on a football game, and it’s already in progress or you’ve missed it. Or someone mentions the time, and you realize you forgot all about it. With so many digital devices that automatically change the time, you might not even be aware that you missed anything.
What is this gift I’m referring to? Why, it’s the end of Daylight Saving Time! Each year (in most places in the United States) in late autumn, we “fall back” one hour to adjust our clocks for Daylight Saving Time. This year, the time change will occur at 2:00 A.M. on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Your gift is one “extra” hour of time.
Any digital clocks or watches that are connected to the internet will automatically adjust. But for those analog devices that won’t automatically change, when should you manually change your clocks? You can choose to set your clocks back before you go to bed or when you wake up in the morning. No matter which option you select, you will get that extra hour.
But, “When will you change your clock?” isn’t the important question. The most important question to ask yourself is:
What do you want to do with that extra hour?
Plan healthy meals for the upcoming week and create your grocery lists
Enjoy an extra hour of sleep
Make preliminary plans for your next vacation
Meditate or stretch
Go for a walk
Arrange for a Zoom or Facetime gathering with loved ones outside of your household
Spend quality time with your family
Complete a Task?
Set out that home décor that’s been in boxes for a year
Straighten up your living areas
Scrub down the bathrooms and kitchen
Spruce up your landscaping
Start on that project you’ve been delaying
When Daylight Saving Time ends on November 5, how will you take advantage of the gift of your bonus hour?
For other tips related to the time changing, see my blog about time verifications.
For recommendations on how to save time when you don’t have this extra hour, take a look at The Inefficiency Assassin: Time Management Tactics for Working Smarter, Not Longer.