Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

My experiments in the pursuit of happiness and good habits


Habit Short-Cut! Use the Time Change to Help You Change Your Habits. Painlessly.

October 30th, 2015

Episode 157 of 372 episodes

For Better Than Before, when I talk to people about the habits they want to change, they often mention that they lack the time for a new habit. To clear time to schedule a new morning habit, many people try waking up a bit earlier, but this can be tough for people who struggle to get out of bed. One trick? Use the upcoming time change to add an hour to your morning. Make Time for Something Important Daylight Saving Time ends as 2:00 a.m. on November 1, and you can use this as a painless way to add an extra hour to the morning. (Obviously this only works if you live in a place that follows DST.) Getting up earlier is a great way to make time for something important to you. We all love to “fall back” and to get that extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning. It’s a great boon to get a little extra sleep. In fact, car accidents and heart attacks are more common in the week after Daylight Saving Time starts, because losing that hour puts stress on people’s bodies. But while you may love that extra hour of sleep, consider not sleeping in, but ...

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