Daylight Savings: Here’s How You Can Use More Sun To Be More Productive

by Ben SanfordMarch 9, 2018

Take Advantage of Longer Days to Work on Your Home

Every year on the second Sunday of March, the citizens of the United States set their clocks forward an hour to signify daylight saving time. To use the colloquial saying, we “spring forward,” losing an hour of sleep as we skip over one hour of the night. For all intents and purposes, this moves an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

Daylight saving time is an excellent time of the year to take care of annual housework and home improvement projects. This year, the momentous day falls on March 11th, so the weekend of the 9th is a perfect time to get a head start on any spring cleaning that you have planned.
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Plan Ahead for 2018 Daylight Savings

For many people, losing an hour of sleep can be exhausting despite the extra hour of sunlight in the day. This year, start your home productivity the weekend before you change your clocks so that you don’t have to worry about being bogged down by exhaustion as you try to work on your home.

Start by making two lists — a to-do list, and a wish list. The to-do list should include absolute necessities, like changing the batteries on your smoke alarms and checking the furnace and water heater. Fast Company writes that to-do lists are more effective when they are simple and short, so only include the things that need to get done.

That’s where your second list comes in. The wish list can include larger goals that you may not be able to complete over the weekend. Maybe you are hoping to take the extra daylight hours after work to build a deck, or to renovate your bathroom; the wish list is where those goals can live.
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Get Organized

Simply Productive’s compilation of statistics regarding organization and productivity reported that disorganization alone can cause you to lose over an hour of your day, especially if you work in an office and manage other employees. Use the extra hour of daylight in the evening to get organized, so that you can essentially gain two hours of productivity.

When organizing your home, take on one room at a time so as not to get overwhelmed or exhausted. Purge your closet of clothes that you haven’t worn in over a year, and donate them to charity organizations. Invest in closet and drawer organizers to help you easily find essential items that you use regularly.

Re-Purpose Dead Space

One way to reinvigorate both you and your home is to re-purpose space that is currently not being used to its full potential. If you have a guest bedroom filled with unused exercise gear and clutter, turn the room into a home office or other space where you can feel productive and energized.

The same goes for yard space — take the extra hour of sunlight to begin plotting a garden. Clear out dead leaves and debris from the winter so that you have a clean slate to begin your new backyard paradise. If you live in a region that stays cold through March, check out these cold weather gardening tips to help get you started.
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Give Your Home a Shot of Productivity

The advent of spring is the perfect time to make your home a little bit more sustainable, green, and energy efficient. If you are wanting to add something big to your wish list, then consider installing solar panels or another type of renewable energy with this guide to energy smart ways to improve your home.

If you aren’t ready to go for a big investment like solar panels, try upgrading your shower heads to use less water, or switching up your light bulbs to be more energy efficient.

Use Daylight Saving to Save Time and Energy in Your Home

Daylight saving shouldn’t be something you dread. Instead, plan ahead so that you are prepared for the lost hour of sleep, then complete a few tasks and goals to help you and your home be more efficient and productive for the year to come. Enjoy the extra hour of sunlight!

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.