As winter recedes and spring finally emerges with its sun-kissed air and sunny disposition, we also welcome the lighter (and longer) days, thanks to daylight saving time. But we have to ask, what will you do with that extra hour of sunlight? In our new series The 25th Hour, we’ll explore the various activities and hobbies you can do to maximize that additional 60 minutes of free time. From self-care habits to organizational tips (for both work and home), new hobbies to adopt and meal-prep how-tos, these ideas will not only entertain but potentially streamline your life too.
It’s that time of year again. Starting Sunday, March 12, the clocks will spring forward by one hour and the biannual sleep pattern disturbance will commence. We jest, we jest—this is actually the good daylight saving time, the one where you reap an extra hour of sunlight in your evenings that signals the coming of warm weather and dusky summer sunsets. It also means that your day won’t feel like a done deal by the time you get out of work. Don’t let that extra hour of sunlight go to waste—use it to your advantage. You’d be surprised how much you can accomplish in an hour. Keep reading for five ways you can make use of the extra sunlight after daylight saving time.
Pick Up a New Book
Alright, it’s true—you can read any time of day. That being said, there’s nothing better than enjoying a good book out on the patio, warm drink in hand. There’s also something to be said for reading by natural light instead of huddling under a lamp. Make it your goal to get an hour of reading in a day and power through the endless reads crowding your shelves—because there’s nothing better than finally being able to check off your latest endeavor as “read” on your Goodreads account.
Take a Hike (Literally)
Summoning the energy to exercise after a day at work is tough, but the extra sunlight makes it so much easier to get up and go. Take advantage of it! If you’ve been cooped up indoors for your workouts these past few months, shake up your routine with an outdoor activity. Hiking is one of the most enjoyable ways to rack up your daily dose of fitness because it feels more like an adventure than exercise. It also requires sunlight, so be sure to add it to your list of to-dos once the clocks move forward.
Cultivate a Green Thumb
There are three good reasons why you should pick up gardening after the upcoming daylight saving time. To begin, it’s actually a relaxing and meditative experience. If you our last suggestion left you a little skeptical, or the idea of doing anything strenuous later in the day is just not your cup of tea, opt in for gardening instead. Secondly, implementing fresh produce and fresh herbs into your cooking means better food, plain and simple. Lastly, not only does gardening enable you to grow your own organic, pesticide-free produce, but it can also help lower your weekly grocery bill. Pick out what you want to grow, and start digging.
Enjoy Dinner Alfresco
Now this is a suggestion we can all get behind, right? When the weather is warm and the sun is bright, there’s nothing better than bringing your meal outdoors. Try out that recipe you’ve had pinned since October, or invite friends for a potluck and have everyone bring their favorite dish. An outdoor meal is also the perfect opportunity for a low-key date night. Crack open a bottle of your favorite wine, and watch the sunset together.
Kick-start Your Spring-Cleaning
Spring doesn’t technically start until March 20, but the extra sunlight is the perfect opportunity to get a jump on spring-cleaning. Invest in organizers and take it one room at a time. Start by cleaning out closets, organizing the pantry, and seeing which items in the junk drawer may be, well, junkier than the rest and ready to toss. By starting early, you can break up your cleaning in pieces so it doesn’t feel like an overwhelming task.
Curious to know what daylight saving time has to to with your health? Keep reading to find out how an hour can affect your internal clock.