For most of us, time is a rare commodity. If you had an extra hour, what would you do? Let’s throw out the obvious: get an extra hour of sleep, play with the kids or clean the house, and here are some interesting ideas as the end of Daylight Saving Time this weekend provides that rare extra hour of time:

  1. Write a love letter to your spouse or partner (when was the last time you did that?)
  2. Catch up on that Netflix show you keep trying to see
  3. Try a new recipe
  4. Read a book
  5. Get a massage
  6. Write those thank-you notes you promised you’d get out
  7. Google yourself and family members
  8. Plan a perfect dinner party
  9. Give yourself a makeover
  10. Unplug the computer and TV, hide your cell phone and just enjoy the silence.

For Educators:

  1. Use it to write longer, pithy comments as you grade papers due last week
  2. Get an extra hour of push-ups and exercise to gird yourself for the rest of the school year
  3. Shop for technology you’d like to have in your classroom (but probably won’t ever have the funds for)
  4. Revise the lesson plan to satisfy unsatisfied parents and administrators
  5. Learn how to do math problems the “Common Core” way
  6. Fill a week’s worth of water bottles and prepare snacks to save time the rest of the week
  7. Doing that self-evaluation you were supposed to do at the beginning of the school year
  8. Fill out grant requests so you can afford to buy classroom materials
  9. Rearrange the class seating chart to accommodate the three new students who are coming into your already crowded classroom
  10. Look over the “new” testing criteria that will be instituted next semester

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For Nurses:

  1. Looking up recipes you’d like to cook, if you had the time
  2. Reacquaint yourself with the people you call family, but rarely see
  3. Catch up on the charting that electronic record keeping promised would be “that much easier and faster”
  4. Reorganize the work station so it is actually more functional
  5. Go for a run or to the gym for the first good workout of the year
  6. Talk with the patient in room 201 whose yet to have a visitor
  7. Chart your goals and desires and the prescription to getting there
  8. Design a patient gown that actually fits and works
  9. Actually watch one of the shows or movies in your Netflix cue
  10. Take that nap you promised yourself at the beginning of the year

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