Four Tips for Springing into Daylight Saving Time

Losing an hour of sleep is never easy.

Spring forward, fall back.

It’s easy to deal with the end of Daylight Saving Time. You have an extra hour of sleep. Who can’t handle that?

The start of DST is harder. We’re robbed of an hour of precious sleep. Whether you have your bedtime routine down and are sleeping peacefully by 9:30 or are still awake to see the time jump from 1:59 to 3:00 am, it can easily throw you off.

Losing an hour of sleep on Sunday morning is just the start. You’re tired throughout the day, but when bedtime comes, you aren’t tired yet. You stay up late, and it takes weeks for you to get through the change.

It can be brutal, but you can also take it in stride. Here are four things I’ve found helpful when it’s time to spring forward.

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It’s Not Really Multitasking

The top job requirement you’re actually terrible at.

You’ve seen it in resumes and job descriptions a thousand times: multitasking. The idea that we can effectively and efficiently do multiple things at once has been disproved repeatedly by scientific studies, be we insist on trying it daily.

Computers aren’t that great at multitasking, either. Most software is only doing one thing at a time, it just switches between things very quickly. There is a measurable cost each time it switches to a new task, but we accept these context-switching costs because we can download, compile, chat, check email, and listen to music at the same time. It feels like multitasking, and we love it.

When we try to multitask, the time to switch tasks is much higher. We have to remember what we were doing. We have to put away old tools and take out new ones, or accept the chaos and clutter of having everything in front of us all of the time. We make more and bigger mistakes.

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An OmniFocus Create Task Bookmarklet

I often find myself needing to come back to a page later. I used to just leave the page open in another tab, but that can quickly get out of hand. Then I tried adding the pages to Pocket, but they would get lost with the articles I just wanted to read later. I wanted a way to add the current page to OmniFocus with just a click. All it takes is a little JavaScript.

Photo © 2014 Colter Reed

Photo © 2014 Colter Reed

The Convenience of Digital Books

A couple years ago, a friend was living in a downtown condo. He and his wife had instituted a “one in, one out” policy for books—if they wanted to get a new book, they had to get rid of one first. It wasn’t an arbitrary (or easy) decision. They simply didn’t have any more room for books.

They snatched up a first-generation Kindle as soon as they were released. They loved it. Soon, they were buying most books for the Kindle simply because they didn’t take up more shelf space.

Print books are wonderful, and I doubt I’ll ever banish them from my life. But most of my reading has transitioned to digital books because they have several distinct advantages.

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