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Spring’s Redemption

Spring has sprung. The grass has riz. I wonder where the birdie is. 

cardinal-snow-snowstorm-red-bird-Favim.com-474579My son told me yesterday that he received 12” of new snow, and it was still coming down. He was expecting 6 to 10 inches more today. Not what I would have scheduled for the first day of spring. When I think of spring, I’m looking for warm sunshine, green grass, balmy days, new life poking through the ground, warm temperatures, and longer days. Did I mention warm weather?

Spring does draw my heart to consider these things, spring-flowers1 yet I think its true meaning is hope! With spring comes a full assurance I will see an end to winter with its cold and yes, snow. The daylight hours will increase and warmer temperatures will begin to lure me outdoors to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Yet here’s the looming question. If the daylight hours are increasing, will it impact the way I use my time?

No doubt spring weather also brings additional tasks to clean up from winter’s winds and wild weather. The flower beds will require planning and planting, and the lawn will need attention. Yet all of the indoor responsibilities still require time as well. Somehow it all gets done. The work level increases and yet the number of hours in the day remain static. I tend to think the difference is more of those hours contain daylight, and I can accomplish more outdoors for a longer period. Yet more likely the change comes from my perspective and the way I align my priorities. Instead of being enticed to sit by the fire and watch TV or surf the web, I need to begin now to redeem the time. If I can do it while it is still getting dark early (though daylight savings has already started), just think how much more useful I can be when the reality of spring and summer come to fruition?

Here’s what I’m learning that may also help you. When you redeem the time, it can be done in increments, and it actually works better this way because two benefits appear. First you tend to sustain your efforts because you’re not making huge adjustments, just small ones. You’re increasing a little more each day. Second, you compound your efforts, much like interest on your savings account and increase them consistently. In so doing, one day you wake up and look over your shoulder with amazement to see where you were and where you are now. The key is consistency.

I love spring and all that it entails. (My apologies to those who suffer from spring allergies. I no longer do but more on that on another post.) Today I choose to use it as my springboard to a better and more productive me. I will do better than yesterday and move forward step by step. I can’t wait to see what happens between now and the beginning of summer. Feel free to hold me accountable.

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Do you need to wait up to change your clock?

This Sunday, March 11, Daylight Savings Time (DST) goes into effect at 2 AM. Even in the days when I thought “later was better,” I was never a proponent of waiting until that hour to change the clocks. As long as you started Sunday activities at the right time, it really did not seem to matter.

But some have a different opinion about the impact of the time change on the body. An article from Mail Onlne discusses a study out of the University of Alabama where scientists have discovered that the abrupt change to a person’s daily schedule increases the risk of heart attack. They noted that threat is greatest on Monday morning when you force your body to get up to go to work an hour earlier than its previous normal.  Though they haven’t proved a definitive cause and effect correlation between DST and heart attack, you may consider their suggestions helpful as preventative measures. 

  1. Get up 30 minutes earlier on Saturday and Sunday – think of it as (bed) spring training.
  2. Eat a nutritious breakfast – can’t go wrong on this one any time of the year.
  3. Go outdoors early in the day and soak in those rays of sunshine – this is a good way to boost your consumption of vitamin D as well.
  4. Exercise in the mornings over the weekend – this will help you to go to sleep when retiring earlier on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

While scientists debate the issue, you may want to err on the side of caution by sleeping in on Monday morning. I doubt your boss will buy it, but after all, your health is important. 

Bottom line:  Before you go to bed on Saturday night, move your clocks ahead an hour (spring forward).  Otherwise, you’ll be late for everything until November 4 when they change back to standard time.