It’s that time of year again! Daylight Saving Time is upon us, so make sure to have all your clocks turned back on November 6th, giving you an extra hour in your day to hang out with friends, get ready to hang out with friends, or just sleep in (which is definitely what we will be doing). Unless you live in Arizona or Hawaii, procedure calls for clock readjustment at 2 a.m. Since Arizona and Hawaii don’t practice Daylight Saving, those of you living there can relax and go about your business as usual!
There are a few different reasons we practice Daylight Saving, but the primary one is to experience longer daylight hours earlier in the morning, as the evenings get darker sooner. For people like me who feel happier with lots of natural light, this is a great solution to the problem of shorter, darker days.
Your smartphone will adjust to Daylight Saving Time on its own, so don’t worry about figuring out how to tamper with its settings. For everything else like watches, clocks, and some computers, here are some simple ways to remind yourself.
1. Set an alarm on your smartphone right before it’s time to change the clocks
If you set an alarm right at 2 a.m. on November 6th, you might get a little confused about changing your clocks because your smartphone should already have adjusted to 1 a.m. and you may move everything back to 12 a.m.! To avoid confusion, set your alarm for 1:30 a.m. and move your clocks back one hour. When you wake up, everything will be the correct time!
2. Write it in your planner
If you prefer not to be woken up by your alarm at an ungodly hour, make a note in your planner on November 6th reminding you to move your clock back before you go to bed. That way, you can peacefully sleep through the night!
3. Put a note on the mirror in your bathroom
If you don’t use a planner and would prefer not to be woken up to change your clocks, just put a sticky note on the mirror in your bathroom so when you brush your teeth before bed you’ll get a glimpse of the reminder and change your clocks before you drift off. It’s that easy!