5 Ways To Fall Back And Enjoy The Time Change

10:00 PM, Nov 5, 2011   |    comments
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This weekend most of the country will "fall back" to standard time and get an extra hour when clocks reset. You could sleep in Sunday morning ... or you could put those 60 glorious reclaimed minutes to good use.

Here are five ways how:

1. Do something - anything - you've been putting off.

"Tackle a nagging task," suggests Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, a memoir about the year she spent test-driving all sorts of happiness advice. She blogs at happiness-project.com. "We all have something nagging us, whether it's making a doctor's appointment or cleaning off a desk or figuring out how to use a new video camera. Just decide you are going to do one of those things in that hour. Get it done, and you'll get a huge release of energy and good feeling."

2. Take a long walk.

Leo Babauta, creator of the blog Zen Habits says: "It's free, it's good for your health and would be a great time to reflect on what's important in your life and how to simplify so that you have room for these essential things."

3. Get prepared.

The American Public Health Association suggests that we all check our emergency supplies ( for disasters ranging from blizzards to hurricanes to flu pandemics) each time we change clocks in the fall and spring. Learn more at getreadyforflu.org.

4. Clean out your junk drawer.

Erin Rooney Doland, editor of Unclutter.com instructs: "Pull out the drawer and dump everything. Sort the contents, grouping like items into piles (twist ties with twist ties, pennies with pennies, etc.). Recycle or throw out the broken rubber bands, takeout menus for restaurants no longer in business and dried-out pens. Take items that don't belong in the drawer and return them to their proper places or owners. Now install drawer dividers and keep the like items together when you return them to the drawer." Your junk drawer, she says, is now a "multipurpose drawer."

5. Or, yes, sleep.

But don't sleep away the morning. Instead, go to bed when your reset bedroom clock says it's an hour before your regular bedtime on Sunday night. You'll be sleepy because your body clock won't be adjusted yet, says Nancy Collop, director of the Emory Sleep Center in Atlanta and president-elect of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. "Most Americans do not get enough sleep," she says. So if you can stick to your new, earlier bedtime, you'll have a new, healthier habit.

Click here to read the history of Daylight Saving Time.

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