It is Daylight Saving Time when we are told to set our clocks back one hour, but I am begging you, DON’T DO IT! Think about it for a minute. How important is time? There must be a moment every day when you wish you had a few extra minutes, let alone a whole extra hour, right? So why not save it! Yes! Save the hour and use it when you really need it! It is Daylight Saving Time after all.
What if you already changed your clocks? No problem. Change them back again. Now you are in control of time. Don’t you feel all powerful-like?
True story: Back in college, I had a friend who did this every year. Terri would sometimes wait for days before using that precious hour. Then, later in the week, I would run into her. She would smile and say, “Sue, (everyone called me Sue back in the day), that extra hour really helped last night when I was studying for midterms. I think I aced them today!” I would think. Wow! You are so powerful-like. And then I would forget all about it.
Last night at midnight, I woke up and remembered. It’s not too late! I can do it! I can be all powerful-like too and so can you.
How will you use the hour?
Vote in the Presidential election on Tuesday. You can look up at the clock and scoff, “Bring it on line, I have plenty of time!” In fact, that makes a great chant!
Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while. Dig into that bowl of Halloween candy, settle into a comfy chair, and catch up with an old friend. They may not answer the phone since they won’t recognize your out-of-state phone number and think you are an automated campaign caller. Call your friend with the free hour after the election!
You can run that extra errand. How many times have you been on your way home only to realize that you need to stop at the dry cleaners, or grocery store, or the Department of Motor Vehicles?
You can sleep in after Monday Night Football, or after watching The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (love that guy’s googly eyes), or after reading blog posts like this one until the wee hours of the morning.
Go outside and play. You could rake leaves and jump in them, take a bike ride, or walk around the neighborhood and play ding-dong ditch. Nothing gets your heart pumping faster, especially when someone mistakes you for a prowler and calls the cops.
Catch up on your favorite TV shows or check out a new one. I must be one of the last people on Earth who hasn’t seen The Walking Dead. I could finally discover what all the maniacal, man-eating-man, zombie buzz is all about.
Make a bucket list. Never written your ultimate list of things to do before you die? Here’s your chance. Use this program to get started, share, and support others! It is an amazing one hour time suck!
Print your photos and put them in an album. Then decorate the pictures, pages, or album cover, or…Sorry! Your one hour is up.
Clean out your cupboard/basement/garage. What? Waste an hour doing a laborious chore? Just think of the satisfaction you’ll feel when you don’t trip over boxes or have a pot land on your head. A pot? That’s what happened to me the last time I searched for something in my garage. It left a mark!
Take a nap. I could dream about everything I could be doing if I wasn’t so dang tired from waking up in the middle of the night, thinking about how I should write a blog post about saving the hour.
But I’ll use the hour to call my parents while watching an episode of The Walking Dead, munch on a Snickers bar, and then will go outside and play ding-dong ditch. I already voted!
How will you use the extra hour?