15 Ways to Use the Extra Hour on Daylight Savings
From exercising to shopping to relaxing in bed a bit longer, here are the best ways to spend that extra hour.
Published Nov 3, 2016 6:00 AM
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At 2:00 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, we will turn our clocks back one hour to mark the end of Daylight Saving Time. With that change comes an extra sixty minutes to enjoy for one day only (sunrise will be about one hour earlier than the day before so embrace that morning light). Here’s how to spend it.
Start a New Show
In preparation for the “Gilmore Girls” revival premiere on Netflix November 25, we suggest catching up on all seven seasons of the hit show, available on Netflix now. Think you can’t make that kind of commitment? Start with episode one and try to give up after that.
Try a Workout Class
If you always wish for an extra hour in the day to work out, now you have it. Try something new like the Barre-dio at The Barre Code where a choreographed sequence of dance-inspired cardio moves is interspersed with strengthening sections for the arms, abs and glutes.
Relax With a Book
You probably don’t have time during the week to dedicate an hour to uninterrupted reading for pleasure. Today, you do. Fans of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl will enjoy The American Girl by Kate Horsley, a story that chronicles foreign exchange student Quinn Perkins as she tries to recover memories after stumbling out of the woods bloody and barefoot (so many similarities to the Amanda Knox tale, too!).
Get a Head Start on Holiday Shopping
Snag the best present picks before they’re sold out, and be the darling of your gift-giving circles. The limited-edition Le Creuset Signature Cast-Iron Tartan Round Dutch Oven at Williams-Sonoma will be at the top of everyone’s wish lists this holiday and will surely sell out. Today’s the day to scoop it up.
Plan a Staycation
We all know that quick getaways are sometimes frustrating. Standard check-in at 4 p.m. and check-out by 11 a.m. leaves you less than 24 hours to take advantage of the actual benefits of a vacation. Game the system this year by booking on Saturday, November 5 to add an extra hour to your stay. If you’re in NYC, check out the Walker Hotel in Greenwich Village with luxurious Frette bedding, bath amenities by C.O. Bigelow, complimentary New York Times, and an on-site library.
Prep for Winter
No matter how vigorously we refuse to believe it, winter is coming. There are practical things to take care of, like ordering firewood, reversing the direction of your ceiling fans, and installing a programmable thermostat to maintain cost-effectiveness in off-hours. But you’ll also need some new winter accessories like these Sorel Major Moto Boot with a contrast buffalo check lining.
Find a New Fragrance
Rag & Bone recently announced its first journey into the olfactive world with a collection of eight scents. Crafted by leading perfumers from around the world in partnership with the brand’s founder, Marcus Wainwright, the unisex fragrances are cool, mysterious, and different in the best way. This is the perfect time to test them all.
Rock the Vote
Unless you have been living under a rock, you know the U.S. presidential election is on Tuesday, November 8. No matter where you stand politically, it’s important to exercise your right to vote so use the extra hour to finalize your pick; vote early or read up on the issues. This website will walk you through the voting process; here is an easy look at where each candidate stands on various issues; and bookmark this site to track live the results on Tuesday.
Give Yourself an At-Home Spa Treatment
There’s truly nothing like a little pampering to get ready for the week ahead. Try a DIY mani in one of Smith & Cult’s iconic shades (we love Dark Like Me) from their holiday Nail Deluxe Collection.
Taste Test a Thanksgiving Recipe
If you’re interested in healthy recipes, check out Skinnytaste, a digital cookbook that offers lighter versions of seasonal favorites. Then, start working on your Thanksgiving game plan. Try the Cranberry Pear Sauce, the Leftover Turkey and Sweet Potato Frittata, and the Lightened Up Mom’s Stuffing.
Learn a New Skill
If you always wanted to learn a new language or improve your knife skills, take an hour today to get started. Try a hands-on pizza making seminar at Eataly; master the art of floral arranging and design, like at the Washington D.C. School of Flower Design; or satisfy your sweet tooth with a cupcake icing class at Magnolia Bakery.
Volunteer for a Cause
Put your extra hour to good use by volunteering time for a worthy organization in your area. If you do not have a particular cause in mind, check out Volunteer Match, a tool that connects people with great organizations that are looking for a helping hand like the Humane Society of the United States.
Design a Custom Holiday Card
Remember last year when you sent a holiday card… in January? Take advantage of this extra time by getting ahead of the seasonal bustle, and create a custom design with your favorite photos and memories. Many brands will even offer an early-bird discount, and you won’t have to worry about rush shipping. We love the designs at Minted, Shutterfly, and Paperless Post.
Listen to a Podcast
Last year’s Serial podcast from the creators of This American Life made podcasts a thing, and now nearly everyone has a favorite series. Get in the game and listen to My Favorite Murder’s tales of true crime, or Stuff You Should Know, which breaks down random topics for future cocktail party banter.
Organize Your Life
If there is anything you really should do, it’s get organized and cross some things off the ever-growing to-do list. Clean your inbox by unsubscribing from all of those pesky sales notices and e-newsletters with unroll.me; check out book cleaning services, handymen and plumbers via Handy; hand-wash your delicate and dry clean-only pieces with luxury detergent from The Laundress; and download the Mint app to organize your finances and set-up bill reminders. Hey, it might not be the most fun, but you’ll feel so good afterward.