Take Time Off/Managing Daylight Savings Time

We’re already in the third month of the year! Crazy, right?

And I bet you’re really tired.

Like I’m ready for Spring Break NOW kind of tired.

So how do you get the break you need?

It’s often helpful to find a week where you do the absolute minimum. Perhaps you can:

  • Have a week where you schedule no client or student meetings.
  • A week where you come in later.
  • If you teach, it’s MOVIE WEEK!

You get the point, anything to take the load off. And if you’re going on Spring Break, really relish that time.

  • Take naps!
  • Take time to walk outside without having to go somewhere.
  • Cook or eat really luscious food.

And you may be wondering, how on earth do you do this with Daylight Savings Time ruining your life?

Let me start by saying that I absolutely HATE Daylight Savings Time!! I always want my hour back.

One of these years I’ll get it together to do this BEFORE the time changes and run a challenge of sorts to get us set up for it before it happens. But now that we’re here, you can’t keep doing the same thing and thinking that you won’t be exhausted.

So here are my thoughts about navigating life with that hour missing:

  • Reset the time you go to bed and wake up 15 minutes earlier at a time. If it works for babies, it’s good enough for me. If you normally go to bed at 10 p.m., go to bed at 9:45 p.m. When you successfully fall asleep 15 minutes earlier (probably after two nights), set your bedtime back for 15 minutes more until you get to 9 p.m.
  • Wake up 15 minutes earlier at a time. This way you won’t feel like you’re what the cat dragged out of bed. And work your way back until you are waking up at the old time in the new time zone.

You’ll notice that all of the tips include little steps both for building in a lighter schedule/taking time off, and resetting for Daylight Savings Time. Just like the little steps you can set up for your writing . . . 

Send me a note and let me know how this feels!