Like it or not, this Sunday, March 13th, we will “spring forward” by setting our clocks ahead one hour. This comes as a bitter pill to swallow for many persons. Others take it in stride, but those who are not “morning persons” won’t be too happy about it for a while.
Canada, certain states in the U.S., and Mexico are affected by this mandated time change, as well as many other countries in the world.
During World War I, it was thought that the time change would save energy for the war effort. The ruling has been off and on through the years, but since the Energy Policy Act of 2005, we’ve been “springing forward.”
Here are some ideas that might help you be prepared, ahead of time:
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I have always wished that we didn’t have this time change and have always referred to Central Standard Time as the “real time,” but as years have gone by, I have learned to adjust to it better and realize that there is extra time to get things done before the end of the day.
This is a good time to get geared up for chores that we usually save for spring, so start planning to do a few of these things. It always makes you feel better once you’ve done them:
Waking up a little earlier in the mornings this week will allow you to drive without getting drowsy. Statistics from past time changes have shown that a high percentage of drivers drove while sleepy, and some even dozed off while driving, if only for a few seconds, immediately following the time change. Darkness in the early hours of the day can cause more driving accidents, so be alert.
Whether the hands on the clock point to “real time” or Daylight Saving Time, the main goal is to make the adjustment as soon as we can. It’s time to remember: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” Make every minute count!
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