What To Do With The Time That Daylight Saved You?

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You know, as a blog that is focused on, among other things, helping you save time, it feels like this weekend was gifted to us like manna from heaven.

As most, hopefully all, of you know, we moved the clocks back an hour last night. This has two immediate impacts:
1. It makes sunset an hour earlier than usual, and
2. It gives you a whole extra hour to play with.

On the surface, this is awesome! I mean, who would turn down the option for more time? It’s the gift everyone pines for. But it can also be a bit of a head scratcher. It’s not easy to think of things to do with an entire extra hour to play with.

Fear not my friends. For I am here to shepherd you through this confusing, darker-than-usual time. Behold! Here is how you can spend the extra hour the time gods have graciously bestowed upon you:

SLEEP

I’m no fool. I know that because of when the clocks change (Saturday night), most of us are going to take advantage of the extra hour by allocating it to our sleep schedules. This is by no means a bad use of your hour, in fact, it might be the most reasonable use of all. Actually, if you’re anything like me, this is probably the best use of your hour as you have been sleep deprived for what feels like three solid months.

Go ahead and lay your head on that pillow and catch those Z’s. You deserve it.

CATCH UP ON SOME BINGE WATCHING

If extra sleep isn’t at the top of your wish list (seems silly to me), use this extra time to catch yourself up on all the TV you’ve fallen behind on. From what people are saying, every new show is well worth your time.

Plop yourself, and your sweats, on the couch, click on Netflix – or HBO or Showtime or whatever – and get to catching up. I know it can be daunting to stare a new season--or dare I say a whole series--in the face, but you can do it.

For starters, check out Westworld (HBO), Shameless (Showtime), or, Stranger Things (Netflix) if you’ve somehow avoided that cultural craze this long. If you’re caught up on the hot new shows, this is also a perfect opportunity to get moving on one of the many all-time great shows like The Sopranos (HBO), The Wire (HBO), Breaking Bad (Netflix), or even something like The Office (Netflix).

There is so much content out there you can literally start from anywhere and not be disappointed.

START LEARNING SOMETHING NEW

Remember those resolutions you made for the new year? Welp, if you haven’t gotten around to one of them yet, this is the perfect opportunity. You’ve got a full 60 minutes to play with which is more than enough time to get the wheels turning on your new, aspirational endeavor.

For example, if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at a difficult recipe, this is the time to do it. Get the apron on and show us your kitchen chops! There is no time like the present, especially when the present has an extra serving of time in it.

You can also spend the time learning about what Daylight Savings Time actually is. I expect this won’t come as a shock to anyone, but for the first 26 years of my life, I had no idea why we moved the clocks back in the Fall, and forward in the Spring. So I learned about it. Turns out it’s actually pretty interesting and well worth the read. Who knew?

CLEAN YOUR DIGITAL PRESENCE

Take some (extra) time and clean out your digital space. Go through the files on your desktop and get rid of the ones that you don’t need anymore, or at least organize them into files you can store neatly on your computer.

Once that’s done, why not take a stab at all those pesky emails? I just so happen to know of this little company called Unroll.Me that will help you unsubscribe from all the unwanted emails in your inbox. Truthfully, it won’t take you an hour, but by the end of it your inbox will feel like a million bucks!

Whatever you do, make good use of the extra hour. No one wants to see these gifts squandered.

Until next time –

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Arye

When Arye isn't helping optimize your time, he is doing his part to ensure life is full of shenanigans.