7 ways to celebrate Day Lights Savings (in addition to sleeping in)


How often do we happen upon a pocket of un-scheduled, un-spoken-for free time?

How often do we stumble into an open hour that we can use as we please?

This happens to me, oh, about once a year and – shockingly – it seems to coincide with turning the clocks back. If I’m not careful, I’ll just absorb that hour into my day, squeezing in another load of laundry or another round of emails.

But what if we were intentional with that hour? What if we spent those sixty minutes doing something lovely and interesting and wonderfully unproductive?

Yes? Yes.

Some ideas for how to use that extra, delicious hour

  1. Write a proper letter to someone you love

    Yes, put actually pen to paper and tell someone what you’ve been up to. Inform your grandma of your latest shenanigans or ask your niece how soccer is going. Send Autumnal greetings to your far-flung friends or just write something like “Dear Meghan, remember when we ate lemon meringue pie at that fancy hotel in Kerala? And watched fireworks in our stained, sweaty salwar kameez sets? Miss you and love you!”

  2. Youtube a favorite childhood television show

    He-man and Scooby-doo are personal favorites of mine. Decide if they’ve withstood the test of time. Revel in the jokes you understand now that you’re an adult and be shocked that Shaggy’s pot smoking jokes made it on the air in the late 80s.

  3. Make a list of all the things you’ve accomplished this year

    As the year winds down and we’re encouraged to think about the changes we can make to be better! faster! thinner! richer! it’s important to remember and honor all the awesome things we’ve already done.

    Pull out your favorite notepad and really think about what you’ve done this year. It can be easy to forget the mundane-but-important things, things like “hired a financial planner” or “finally started drinking enough water every day” or “scheduled that really important doctor’s appointment after avoiding it for a year and a half.” You’ll remember more by looking through your calendar and Facebook page!

  4. Give yourself a good ol‘ fashioned at-home spa treatment

    Whipped avocado, honey, and olive oil hair mask! Coffee and sugar scrub! Yogurt and honey face mask! Or draw yourself a lavender milk bath and read your best, most frivolous book in it.

  5. Read the Wikipedia entry on any topic you’ve always wished you knew more about

    May I suggest Rasputin, the Rain Queen of South Africa, a list of all the guest stars on Sesame Street, or phantom time hypothesis. It’s also hard to go wrong watching episodes of Drunk History, MTV’s True Life or any VICE documentary.

    The world is full of amazing things! It is so fun to learn about them!

  6. Head to the top of the tallest building in your city with your camera

    Just google ‘tallest building [your city]’ and check to see if they have an observation deck or an inevitably overpriced coffee shop or bar up there. Put on something cute, make sure your camera/phone batteries are fully charged and head up there for some great views and lovely photos.

    If you live in Minneapolis, your best bet is the Foshay tower’s observation deck. It opens at 11 am on Sundays!

  7. Sleep the eff in

    But, like, with intention.

I’m planning on a little of number 4 and a little of number 7. What are your plans?

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  1. Gem

    nice ideas there!

  2. Beth

    When did French braids ever go out?

    My boyfriend + I forgot it was daylight savings, so when he woke up at 6:45 am, he was enraged + confused as to why he was awake so early. Mostly it was nice to get the extra sleep.

  3. Summer

    I am totally giggling at Beth's bf's response.

    I'm doing some number 8… good times. 🙂 What a great list!

  4. jordan

    These are all funny ideas

  5. Laura

    The idea that there is any possibility for that hour other than #10 is confusing to me!!

  6. Cassie

    All my body told me to do today was sleep like a champ. That's it! But I do like no. 4 quite well…

  7. Shelley

    I spent an hour visiting a friend. Best hour of my day.

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