DST: A Productivity Hack to Beat “Spring Ahead!”
The holiday with a special place in our heart is fast approaching…
Daylight Saving Time is coming this weekend!
CLEAR is the (self-proclaimed) Official Sponsor of Daylight Saving Time.
It makes sense, right?
Here at CLEAR, we have a huge soft spot for any holiday that tries to extend the useful hours in your day… After all—that’s what CLEAR is all about.
This weekend, you’ll need to spring your clock ahead an hour… CLEAR members don’t need to worry– they’ll more than get that hour back by avoiding long airport lines.
How to Save Time Every Day
Besides CLEAR, what else can you do to save time and make up for that lost hour many times over? If you had one hour less every day, how would you change your schedule?
We polled the office, and here are three ideas we came up with to save time daily:
- Wear wigs instead of spending time doing hair
- Stop exercising, eat only fast food, and/or give up showering
- Quit using the internet outside of work hours
And since none of us is ever going to try any of those, we realized we need to conduct a little more analysis.
Early Sunday morning on March 11, 2012, the clock skips the 2 a.m. hour, taking us from 1:59 a.m. to 3 a.m. Remember to move ahead all your devices that don’t do so automatically.
Assuming Monday’s a work day, you’ll be likely to feel that loss of an hour then. The time when your body will want to go to bed will be “earlier,” making the day effectively shorter.
Track everything you do that day in 15-minute increments. Yes, a little tedious, but it’s easy if you carry a small notebook or leave voice memos for yourself about what you’ve done. Note how long you spend preparing food, eating, on personal hygiene, commuting, working (and not just being at your computer — actually working!), with your family, on the phone, watching TV, reading, relaxing, exercising; everything.
For better results do this for more than one day.
You’ll wind up with a lot of raw data you can put into a spreadsheet and see exactly how you spent your day. Any undesirable activities jumping out at you as taking way longer than you expected? See what you can do to tweak them to take less time out of your day.
Yes, it’s a little bit of work. But by becoming more aware of how you spend your time, that lost little hour didn’t have to die in vain.
To help someone you care about deal with Daylight Savings, send them one of CLEAR’s official Daylight Savings ecards: http://daylightsavings.clearme.com/choose