Wish you could turn back time? You’re in luck…
Unfortunately, we can’t help bring back the good weather, but we can give you some advice on how to spend your extra time. Because remember that hours’ sleep we lost back in March? When the clocks go back at 2am on Sunday morning, it will finally be time to reclaim it.
But how can you make best use of your gift of free time? Here are eight productive* ways we think you could spend your extra hour:
Stay in bed
Most of us don’t have the time to enjoy a regular lie-in in the mornings, meaning we’re often left feeling tired, lethargic, and suffering from a severe case of ‘bed deprivation’ on a day-to-day basis.
If this sounds like a struggle you face, then why not spend the extra hour in the comfort of your own bed?
You’ll get the satisfaction of prolonging the “snoozing” process with absolutely none of the guilt. And when you do get up, you’ll feel refreshed and well-rested.
It’s basically win-win.
Clean the house
If you’re more of a morning person, why not use the extra hour to do things around the house that you wouldn’t normally have time to do.
It might not seem like the most exciting way to spend your free bonus hour, but continuing to ignore the clutter will only ever end badly when it comes to your long term goals.
And this way, when you’re done, you won’t feel like you’ve lost any time. Not to mention the fact that you’ll get to enjoy life in a nice clean house for the rest of the day.
Make a big breakfast
If you’re the type to dine-and-dash in the mornings because you don’t have time for a proper breakfast, put your new found time to good use and make the most of the day’s first meal.
Aside from the obvious great taste factor, you’ll be even more thankful for all of the food when you can survive the whole morning without snacking. Leaving you to spend the rest of the day on more important matters (and/or Twitter).
After all, everyone knows that all the best days begin with bacon.
Go to the gym. Ride your bike. Have a swim. Actually get dressed and leave the house at some point. All viable options.
Using this time to be active will make you feel much more energised, and set the day up in a positive light. And, you know, exercise is good for you. So that’s a bonus.
It also means that maybe you’ll be able to justify those 17 chocolate biscuits you’re planning to have at lunch.
OK, we’re not saying you’ll be completely fluent and ready for a trip to Taiwan in 60 minutes. But believe it or not, some things can be learned in under an hour.
Aside from linguistics, potential skills you could pick up include basic coding, changing a car tire, CPR, or the core principles of Pilates. And if that’s not a productive way to spend your time, we don’t know what is. At the very least you can set the wheels in motion to find the right course for you.
No. More. Excuses.
Finally do all of the things you haven’t had time for
Well, at least one of them. There could be that TV box set you’ve been meaning to watch but ended up falling asleep instead, or that book you never quite got round to reading because you didn’t have the time.
The point is that with your added hour, you can finally stop putting it off and start filling these voids.
And yes, it’s perfectly acceptable to feel like you’d benefit most from spending an hour with your two best friends. First friend = Netflix, second friend = snacks.
NB: Bubble baths are also an option.
Sort out your CV
Sick of that Sunday night feeling? Why not find a job worth waking up for?
Use your newfound free time to make sure your CV is up-to-date, and work on making it better. Then you can dedicate the rest of your weekend to finding a role you can really be passionate about.
And who knows, this extra hour could be the reason you find your dream job.
Thanks daylight savings.
Prepare for Halloween
Although not everyone celebrates Halloween – those who do will understand how important having an array of novelty decorations and a range of trick or treat sweets (that you will mostly eat yourself) is to having a good October 31st.
Sadly though, many of us don’t have the time to make things exactly how we want them (see also: literally become Jack Skellington).
The good news is, now you have an extra hour to shop, decorate, and dress up as you please.
But for the sake of workplace harmony, we’d steer clear of clown costumes. Just in case…
*May not be productive
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