How to Make the Most of the Extra Hour of Daylight Savings

daylight-saving-time-clock2016 is flying by! The holiday season and New Year are almost upon us, but there’s one thing we must do before winter can truly begin: turn back our clocks. Daylight Savings Time is this weekend, and before we know it, the sun will be setting an hour earlier in our days. While the darkness at the end of the workday is something many people dread, there is a silver lining in it all. We gain an extra hour in our weekend that we otherwise would not have.

Alas, it all balances out come spring when we set our clocks forward for the start of a new season, but this one time of year when our weekend is extra long is something to savor. How will you be spending your extra hour? We’ve compiled a few ideas to help you make the most of it.

  1. Sleep in. Enough said. Sometimes an extra hour in our pajamas is just what we need after a long week and a probably eventful Saturday.
  2. Catch up on taxes. If you’re like us, you’re questioning how on earth the end of 2016 is so clearly in sight. If you’re like us, you’re also probably behind on many things that you vowed to stay ahead of at the very beginning of the year… the dreaded taxes perhaps being one of them. Before the rush of the holiday season truly begins, take this extra hour to organize your finances, expenses, income reports, and anything else that pertains to your taxes. When the start of 2017 comes around, you’ll be thankful that you did.
  3. Organize an area of your home you’ve been avoiding. We all have that one place in our home that has, unintentionally, become the “designated dump zone.” Maybe it’s the desk where we throw all the paperwork and miscellaneous items that we’re too tired to deal with when we get home from work. Maybe it’s the room where we pile things up and shut the door in a rush right before guests arrive. Maybe it’s the closet that is overflowing with too many clothes and shoes. Whatever it is, spend an hour decluttering and organizing. It’ll feel nice to check this off your list Sunday morning and still have the rest of the day ahead of you to relax.
  4. Plan a Sunday morning family outing. Are your weekends usually so full of appointments and social events that before you know it, Monday morning has arrived, you’re completely exhausted and you’re questioning where the weekend went? Well, not this weekend. Block off Sunday morning to go somewhere or do something that you’ve been meaning to do with your family or friends. Explore that quaint small town 30 minutes down the road that you’ve only ever driven through. Take the kids to the museum you know they’ll love. Meet an old friend for brunch. Try a new coffee house. If you can’t think of anything, head to your state’s website. There’s bound to be many local attractions you’ve never even thought of!
  5. Treat yourself. Our weeks are usually so filled up with work and plans that quality alone time is not something we get to experience much of. Take some alone time to relax and rejuvenate. Go out for a hike by yourself, sit in a park and read that book you haven’t touched in months, head to the spa. Treat yourself for an extra hour doing something you love, then head back and spend the rest of your Sunday with your family. We guarantee you’ll probably feel better than ever.

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