ADAM: So how do you plan to spend your extra hour this weekend?

Posted: Nov. 1, 2012 6:09 pm Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 8:15 am

Seems like there are never enough hours in a day, right?

It's difficult to find enough time to get all of our work done, take care of our children and finish all of the honey-dos while also coming up with an extra hour to go to the gym or visit a sick friend.

You have no excuse Sunday.

At 2 a.m. Sunday, most U.S. residents will be moving their clocks back an hour to mark the end of daylight saving time. (For some reason, people in Hawaii and Arizona will remain on their normal schedules.)

The idea behind daylight saving time is to use the "extended daylight hours during the warmest part of the year to best advantage," according to a story on MSNBC in 2011. The time shift is considered by the U.S. Department of Energy to be an energy-saver because it reduces the need for lighting during the evening, though National Geographic found a series of studies that claim it doesn't save energy.

The International Association of Fire Chiefs uses this time to remind people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

But what else can you do with that extra hour?

For many, it simply means an extra hour of sleep, whether it's in the morning or during that nap while you're watching football. Others take the opportunity to stay out late and close down the bar, knowing that extra hour of sleep might come in handy.

However, Charles Darwin once said, "A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life."

So try putting a little thought into it this year and see if you can come up with something you normally don't have time to do.

You could do something around the house, like organizing a closet or cleaning out your wallet or purse.

Breakfast always seems to be gulping a cup of coffee or wolfing down a doughnut as you rush out the door to work. Why not start the day right with a mean breakfast, full of pancakes, sausage, bacon, eggs or hash browns? (OK, if you want to be healthy, fruit and wheat toast.) Better yet, treat yourself and take the family out for breakfast.

Start your Christmas shopping, especially if you're one of those who waits until mid-December to start.

Visit a friend. No, that doesn't mean spending more mindless time on Facebook. Go see an old neighbor or a relative, especially if it's someone you haven't seen in a while. If distance means you can't visit, take time to call. (Yes, call. Not a text or a tweet.)

Work on that hobby you never have time for. Sort the baseball cards. Tinker with the engine in your car. Do a little scrapbooking.

Go to the theater and watch a movie, or rent an old movie and watch it at home.

Finish your work on Sunday so you can have extra time during the week to take that dance class or cooking class you've always considered.

Pamper yourself. Take a long hot shower. Give yourself a pedicure or a manicure, or have someone else give you one. Better yet, give your better half a foot massage or a neck rub.

Spend time in quiet, whether you're reading a book, listening to music or just meditating. Or just pray.

Have fun with your kids. Go on a bike ride, have a pillow fight, shoot some baskets, play catch with a football or make cookies.

Better yet, take the kids to Grandma and Grandpa's house so they can have fun with your kids.

It gives you a chance to get in that Sunday nap during your extra hour.


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