Four Ways to Outsmart Daylight Saving Time

Four ways to outsmart daylight saving time

Four Ways to Outsmart Daylight Saving Time

Spring Forward. It affects many of us in this world and seems to bring with it a sense of fear and trepidation. And grumpiness. However, there are ways to conquer the impending loss of sleep and even feel good about getting up a bit earlier. To help, here are four ways to outsmart daylight saving time, based on what I learned from getting up at 4:30 a.m. for 21 days.

  1. Make all your decisions the night before
  2. Maybe it’s just me, but when I’m tired I can’t think. At all. What has helped me not only get up pre-dawn but spend my time writing and doing other productive tasks is deciding everything the night before. What will I work on? How will my morning go? What will I eat? What time will I leave the house? I’ve learned not to leave anything to chance—future Robyn can’t think when she’s tired so present Robyn needs to help her out.

  3. Prepare the night before
  4. In the same vein as deciding what I’m going to do, I also know I need to prepare as much as possible the night before. Packing my lunch and everything I’ll need for work is the first step, but I take it to the next level by putting things in my footpath to trip over if I need to remember it before leaving. Is it garbage day? Then the recycle bag is hanging on my doorknob so I have to pick it up in order to leave the house. Am I going to the gym? Everything is packed and in the car, including my gym pass and water bottle. By preparing the night before I give myself better odds for having a good morning.

  5. Go to bed earlier
  6. I’m a night owl so if anyone understands resisting early bedtimes it’s me. But there’s so much to be gained from going to bed earlier it’s a must-do. You know you’re losing an hour of sleep. Stop with the protesting and give yourself a leg up. Go to bed earlier. If you have trouble winding down at night then begin a bedtime routine at least 30 minutes before bed. Here’s what I do: drink a nice, caffeine-free cup of tea, turn off my screens, slow my mind as I pack and prep for the next day. Going to bed earlier helps your body adjust to its new wake-up time, which leads me to my last point…

  7. Get up at your usual time
  8. Yes, daylight saving happens on Sunday, but I’ve learned sleeping in “because I really need it” doesn’t do me any good. In fact, my body fails to adjust and I end up struggling for days and days. So I say get up at your normal time. And think about this, if you plan ahead how you’ll spend your tired morning with one hour less sleep, you’ll be eager to wake up so you can do it. At least, that’s what happens for me. I’ve grown to love the slow, quiet mornings. What do I plan for this year’s spring forward? I’m going to make a big pot of coffee, sit in my favourite chair, put on a record, read, and wait for the sunrise to peek over the trees. It’s going to be great.

I think these four ways to outsmart daylight saving time make up a good plan. However, going through the motions will still leave you grumpy. You do need to have a good attitude about losing a bit of sleep and find the positive spin. And you may as well, because holding a grudge against your clock only hurts you. Your clock doesn’t care. So get over it and have a great March 12.

Time Flies When You’re…

It’s difficult not to doubt the calendar. If I didn’t cross off the days one by one I might be a bit worried even. How did I get half-way through November without noticing!?

I blame daylight savings time.

Last night I spent a good few minutes trying to think of what I’ve accomplished been up to and really didn’t come up with much. Well, I put my winter tires on my car so that’s something.

Good thing I have picture evidence of what I’ve been up to, cause obviously it has been too crazy to recall:

Cooking with Campbell’s

Knitting Duels

Hanging with celebrities

Well after that trot down memory lane I’m thinking I’d better get my game on if the second half of November is going to live up to the first two weeks!

Winner (me. I’m the winner. Because Crocs are terrible.)

Sam said I complain too much.

Honestly Robyn, who complains about daylight savings time?

He didn’t embarrass me by leaving a cranky public comment, so I thought I’d get it out in the open. If he feels that way, it’s more than likely there are others.

Crocs

So next on the agenda: these shoes.

What are they? I’ve been noticing more and more people wearing them. The first time I encountered “them” I had to look twice. What the crap are those…but I let it go. I mean, the woman wearing them was middle-aged and I figured she was probably gardening before she came to class or something. I gave her the benefit of the doubt.

But then one blissful Wednesday, I noticed my cute Wednesday friend Rebound wearing a similar pair. Once again, I looked twice. He wasn’t gardening before he came to class. He’s a carpenter. You can’t wear those kind of shoes to work.

More and more I’ve been seeing them.

A friend from out of town came to visit. We went shoe shopping and at a sports store there they were again…what ARE these things?

Update: Crocs. They’re called Crocs.

Today was the final straw. I couldn’t hold myself back. Here I am, driving home, minding my own busness when this bright red *thing* catches my eye. Ew! What is THAT?

Yes, yes it was. “That” shoe. Bright red. BRIGHT red. Distracting me from my driving duties.

I drove a block down the road. I could still see the shoes. And I’m not kidding. Nor exaggerating.

Hurt my eyes.

So tonight, as I wait for class to start I figure I should write down just how much these “shoes” bug me. But I need a visual aid so you know what I mean.

But what do I Google?

The winner is: garden shoes

I rest my case.