Daylight Savings. Making the Extra Hour, Extra Productive

Today, Yes!  You may or may not be settled into the second week of November due to adjusting to the clocks being turned back. For many, the abrupt change in time, with bright mornings and pitch black afternoons Daylight Savings Timecan have a greater effect on our bodies than we think. Quite often, you may ponder, “There needs to be more hours in a day.” Thanks to Daylight Saving Time, for giving just that, an extra hour of sleep. But are you really making the most of the extra hour gained?

This post will walk you through steps on how to maximize the most out of your day during this winter season to help you adjust to the time change.

  1. Sleep or lie in bed a bit longer. Being sleep deprived is one of the most common disadvantages working professionals and students have. Make extra time for some much needed shut eye or mid-day naps to feel your best.
  2. Check email later in the day. Protect peak energy hours in the morning for best work
  3. Clutter Creates Stress. Take some extra time to organize your thoughts on paper and make a plan for the following day, so you’re ready to start the work day off right. Instead of spending all night cleaning or the weekends when you need time to relax, spend an hour a day doing one chore such as cleaning the bathroom or doing laundry. By the weekend, your home will be ready to relax and you can spend time with friends or studying.
  4. Stay active & get fit. The research doesn’t lie! Spending 20 minutes a day to get your heart rate up, improves your energy level and often times helps you sleep better. So take the stairs instead of the escalator or walk the mail to the mailbox instead of driving there. What are some little ways you can work activity into your schedule?
  5. Drink water. Your body is 60% water, so when you’re feeling tired instead of reaching for another cup of caffeinated coffee, try drinking water. You might just be surprised by the boost in energy level.
  6. Don’t say “yes” too often. Your time is valuable and your health is important. Don’t take on more than you can handle. Think about what is already on your plate and see if you can take on other activities or responsibilities. Taking on too much can be an energy drainer and create unnecessary stress in your life.
  7. Have “do-nothing” time. Create time in your schedule everyday to take a breather and do an activity that you enjoy. Giving yourself time to take a break will actually make you more productive, because you’ll be refreshed after the breather and ready to get back to work.

Wondering what Daylight Saving Time actually is? TIME explains it’s history

 

Lindsey Briggs

Lindsey Briggs is the Social Media Coordinator in the Office of Communications and Marketing for the MGH Institute. She has a strong background in social media within higher education and not-for-profit organizations. Lindsey's social media methodologies reflect an integrated mix of communication strategies and tactics with blogs, social media networks, visual and digital storytelling and branding to drive online engagement.

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