Daylight Savings Time – 10 Ways to Use the Extra Time
86,400 seconds. That’s how much time each of us gets every day. However, with the upcoming changes to daylight savings time, for one day you’ll have an extra 3,600 seconds. Doesn’t that sound more than an extra hour? So what are you planning to do with that extra time? If you’re looking for suggestions, here are 10 ideas. Let me know in the comments your ideas for how to spend this extra time.
1. Take a nap.
If you’re not getting enough sleep, it may be tempting to sleep in, but research indicates that sleeping in “is associated with poorer health, worse mood, and increased sleepiness and fatigue.” Instead, try napping:
A 20-minute nap will help you feel more alert. According to this BBC article, 26 minutes may be the optimum length for your nap.
A longer nap (up to 90 minutes) can increase your creativity and memory, but there can be a downside: you may feel a little groggy when you first wake up.
2. Make a resolution.
Want to make a change in your life? Lose weight? Exercise more? Learn a new language? Whatever you want to do, why wait until the New Year to start? Why not take this extra hour to plan what you want and how you’ll get there?
3. Declutter your stuff.
From my decluttering experience this year I can definitely say that decluttering is worthwhile, especially in those areas of your home that cause you stress. Check out these tips on where to start.
4. Learn something new.
Is there a new hobby or skill you want to try? How about using your extra hour to get started? Not sure what you’d like to learn or how to do it? Check out Craftsy or Bluprint as they have hundreds of video courses to teach you art, sewing, knitting, calligraphy, wood working, etc.
5. Pamper yourself.
You have an extra hour, why not spend it on yourself, guilt-free? Take an extra-long bath, give yourself a pedicure, read a book, watch a movie or catch up on your favorite TV show. Take some time to chill out and do whatever helps you to relax and rejuvenate.
6. Make something yummy like a cake.
This is probably how I will be spending my extra hour. If you need a suggestion of what to make, then I can definitely recommend the Cranberry Oat scone recipe. They are enjoyable to make, and even more enjoyable to eat afterwards!
7. Be social.
Call up a friend, meet for coffee or invite people over for a meal. Researchers have found that social connections improve your physical and psychological well-being. It doesn’t matter so much what you do, just enjoy the pleasure of spending time with others.
8. Plan/make a list.
Why not use your extra hour to get ahead and plan? You could think about your upcoming week or month and make a list of what needs to get done. Or you could think more long-term and lay out your 1-year, 5-year or even 10-year goals. Wikihow has a great article on how to get started on a long-term plan. If a long-term plan seems too overwhelming, why not brainstorm a “bucket list” of all of the things you’d like to achieve – dream big and enjoy it!
9. Do something for someone else.
Use the extra time to help out someone else. For example, check in on an elderly relative or neighbor, and see if they need assistance with anything. Not only will you be helping someone, but you could also benefit from the “helpers high” that you get from doing something good!
10. Do nothing.
We spend so much of our life rushing around, why not take some time just to stop and do nothing? Step away from your phone or tablet or laptop, even this blog post, and get bored. Research has shown that giving your brain a rest can increase our creativity. Even one of the most creative people ever, Leonardo da Vinci, knew that doing nothing could be productive when he said: “Men of lofty genius sometimes accomplish the most when they work the least”.