By now you’ve likely been bombarded with ads over the radio airwaves, on the telly, or online all over your social streams reminding you to turn your clock back an hour for Daylight Saving Time.
In the past, I’ve always thought of this as the best excuse to sleep in and reward myself with those extra sixty minutes of sleep that I obviously deserved. But with talk about things like, dare I abbreviate it “YOLO”, and other ‘seize the day’-esque mantras that have been so ubiquitous lately, my question to myself is: Why not use this ‘extra hour’ to do something extraordinary?
If you put your mind to it, it’s amazing what you can accomplish in the span of one solid hour. So, rather than entering hibernation and snoozing away (after all, “you snooze you lose”, right?), consider doing one of these things:
1. Read something.
Very seldom do I get the chance to curl up with a nice book and just let my mind escape to another world other than the mundane realities outlined in my courseware or textbooks. Take a break from your regular school reading material and consume something else – a short story, a novel (it’s totally doable in an hour for some speedreaders out there), a thought-provoking blog post, a yearbook, the Bible, a photo album, an old diary, or some other text.
2. Write something.
Similar to the first item, take a break from your ‘term paper mode’ and write something totally unrelated. Say, a blog post, a letter to a friend, a letter to yourself, if you’re not into the whole letter-writing thing then maybe my suggestion of taking a break from writing a school paper wasn’t the best – take this hour to actually work on it! Better sooner rather than the night before it’s due, or I mean, later…
3. Do something today that you were planning on doing tomorrow.
Why wait until tomorrow to do that micro task or go to that place or run that errand – do it, now!
4. Call up a friend.
I don’t indulge in catch-up sessions over lengthy phone calls as much as I would like. If you’re away from home, call your folks – ask them what’s up. Call up a dear friend – see what’s new with them. A one-hour-long conversation with someone you love and care about can totally brighten your day and maybe their day, too!
5. Do something you’ve been meaning to do.
Self-explanatory. Need I abbreviate it once more? YOL… I’m sorry, I can’t.
6. Accomplish something off your bucket list. I dare you.
Because boasting “I did something I wanted to do before I die” sounds so much cooler than “I slept for an hour”.
7. Work on your personal development.
Is there a skill you’ve been meaning to work on, or an art form you’ve been trying to craft? One does not become good at something overnight. It takes a lot of practice to excel in something. Put in an hour towards training. Again, because boasting “I hit the gym and worked on my fitness” makes you sound far more accomplished than admitting you bummed around aimlessly. Any time is a good time to work on bettering yourself!
8. Work on your professional development.
9. Learn something new.
There are tons of tutorials, webinars, and resources readily accessible and waiting for you to engross yourself in. Take it upon yourself to attain some new knowledge around a subject matter.
Alas, if your lazyness does get the better of you, and if your body truly deserves to rest, then go ahead and catch up on your Zzz’s. Here’s a friendly reminder to turn your clocks back an hour and do something worthwhile with these extra three thousand six hundred seconds of your life that you’ll never get back!