How to Be the Hourback Girl

Sorry Arizonians...this one isn't for you. When are you gonna get with the (regularly scheduled) program?

By the time you read this, you should have already changed your clocks to fall back one hour. Most of us will come to lament the fact that it it now gets dark at 5:00 and it's still dark when we get up, but don't despair. Even if you hate Daylight Saving Time, try these "hacks" and use the "extra" hour to your benefit.

  1. Sleep - Obvi.
  2. Meditate/Pray - Take the hour to get yourself situated before the day starts or to calm your monkey mind before the day closes. You'll get a shift in perspective overall. If you just can't stand looking away from a screen for more than 95 seconds, there's some apps out there to help you get the job done.
  3. Journal - On paper. In solitude. Write down your thoughts, your goals, or the things you are thankful for. It's life-changing. I promise.
  4. Blog - Been trying to get that project off the ground? Set aside the extra hour to dedicated writing or organizing.
  5. Exercise - This is a good time to launch back into that gym habit before Thanksgiving robs you of a waistline.
  6. Make a meal menu - Do you struggle figuring out what to eat in the evenings? Do you throw your hands up in despair and immediately order takeout after looking at what's in the fridge? Don't. Make a menu of meals for the week and shop according to that.
  7. Read to your kid...or just read - You should be doing the former without saying, but spend some time connecting with your kids or just connecting with yourself over the simple pleasure of reading.
  8. Write letters - Ye olde lost art. Bust out a pen and some fancy paper and write a letter to an old friend, a long lost cousin, or to your mom. Everyone is excited to get something in the mail that isn't a bill and its a memory that will last a lifetime.
  9. Low-key Crafting - I like to spend the winter months crocheting, and having an extra hour helps. Use the time for creative pursuits.
  10. Planning and Prepping - Find it hard to whittle out time to work on the little things like bill paying, or planning stuff for the 90,622 committees you are on? Knock some easy tasks off on your to-do list.