This weekend is arguably one of the most important of the season. We have the World Series, for starters, which is probably only interesting to baseball fans, but as I’m married to a huge fan of one of the teams (who haven’t made it to the playoffs in quite some time), this is a big thing in our household. Then we’ve got Halloween. I’m told this is a good thing, that many adults love Halloween. Personally, I don’t get it, but to each her own, and if you like Halloween, have fun and be safe. And then, the thing I myself am actually excited for: Daylight Saving Time.
Yes, DST means winter is coming and the days are getting shorter and darker, which I am not a fan of. But on Sunday, we literally get to turn the clocks back. We get a whole extra hour of the day! It feels so strange and impossible and a little luxurious even. I get a thrill out of seeing the clock strike midnight and saying, “But it’s really only 11 o’clock!” Such fun.
Normally I like to get an extra hour of sleep or something lame like that, but this year I thought, let’s put this extra hour to good use. It’s the start of a new month, a new week, and we get an extra hour! All signs point to doing something great. Here are some ideas of how I might be spending my extra hour.
- Wake up early and doing yoga—it’s not really waking up early if you get the same amount of sleep!
- Make that summer/winter switch—it’s time. Gotta put the tank tops away and pull out the sweaters. This extra hour could be the perfect time to make the switch and clean out the wardrobe.
- Make meals for the week—Ok, I won’t’ be doing this since I’m not the cook in the household, but an extra hour is the perfect time to make freezer meals/pack lunches for the upcoming week!
- Start on that novel—you know the one. Whether it’s been sitting on your bookshelf, or it’s the brilliant idea you want to write yourself, we all have one looming over us. Use DST to get a jumpstart.
- Revisiting a dusty skill—French, calligraphy, origami— whatever it is that you love but never have enough time for, dust it off for an hour on Sunday.
- Take a class—pilates, martial arts, maybe a local walking tour?
- Plan your dream wardrobe—if you have time leftover after cleaning out your closet, think about the wardrobe you wish you had. I’ve made a list of staples, so now when I spot something I pick it up, even if I won’t necessarily need it right away (like the perfect leather jacket bought at the Fourth of July sale).
- Clean out your fridge/bathroom/under your bed—something. Just clean something!
These are just a few ideas for making that extra hour productive this weekend, all of which should take just the right amount of time. I haven’t decided just what I’ll be doing yet, but boy am I psyched for the extra time! How will you spend your hour?