It’s that time of year again, folks. Every year, we observe Daylight Savings Time and when it comes time in the Fall to “fall back” or set your clocks back, many people find their schedules thrown off. While it seems like just one hour, it can be a real pain when that time comes and you find your day, even weeks is out of whack.
One way to prevent this common problem that occurs with Daylight Savings Time is to get prepared before the time actually comes. This will help you ease into the process with less stress to your internal clock and your typical schedule.
Prepare for Daylight Savings Time changes by getting ready the day before. Mark your calendars so you know it’s coming and prepare for Sunday night on Saturday. Sunday is the day that hits most the hardest because it’s the first day you have to experience the new time. So get ready on Saturday by adjusting your meal schedules, your bedtime and of course, by setting all of your clocks to the proper time before you go to sleep.
Try to plan a light schedule for the Sunday of a time change. Since your internal clock will be a little thrown off already, you don’t want to have to stress and worry too much about going here or there, being late for things or exhausting your body and mind. So try to make it an easy day and only do what you really have to do that day. Get some rest and lounging time and it will help you make the transition easier.
Remember to change your watch and all of your clocks the night before. Some devices such as cell phones, computers and cable boxes will reset themselves but then you’re going to be confused if you’re looking at your watch to plan your day.
Plan your week on Sunday since it will take a little more time to get back into the routine. Have school children pick out their clothes the night before, pack bags or lunches and other things that you or they need for Monday.
And of source, remember to check your smoke detectors. This is the perfect time of year to serve as a reminder for this important step. Make sure they are all working properly, have fresh batteries (if they are not electric) and that they work when tested. Then you can sleep sound and secure at night.
Daylight Savings Time doesn’t have to wreck your schedule. When you take some time to plan ahead for it, it can even be a positive change. In the fall, you get an “extra” hour that you can make the most of!