Fall Back On A New Habit

fall backDaylight savings time is upon us. This Sunday at 2am (or before bed for us early birds), we will set our clocks back one hour. Do we have to set our bodies back too?

Daylight Savings time is actually the PERFECT time to implement a new habit. Here’s why.
Your body is already on a rhythm. This Sunday, you can adjust your time, but not your body. You instantly gain an hour to implement a new habit without putting your body through shock!

This is the perfect time to implement a new habit without having to change your body’s current rhythm. Gretchen Rubin explained in her book ‘Better than Before’ that Daylight Savings Time provides an easy way to change your daily habits without having to change your body clock – and it’s the perfect time to do so.
When your body is used to getting up at a certain time, the time-change periods at the beginning and end of daylight saving time impacts your circadian rhythms. According to a Harvard study, the time changes in the spring and fall can disrupt your sleep for up to a week. Even though most people look forward to the fall back hour as compared to the Spring Forward, people still have an issue with sleeping.

Winston Churchill described Daylight Savings Time like this: “An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later.”


Instead of adjusting your body, use this natural rhythm to focus on your new habit. Your will power will be stronger. The time is already built in. Your body doesn’t have to go through any changes. You must choose to seize this opportunity.

I actually tried this on my own – accidentally. Sunday morning, I woke up at 3:30am and couldn’t get back to sleep. I took that opportunity to read, meditate, and pray, all before my morning workout. I was already on a 4:30am wake-up schedule for those wondering why I would get up that early. The end of Daylight Savings time provided the time for me to focus on a new habit.

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What I found was that having that additional hour made me feel more relaxed and less rushed throughout the day. I had more patience, and I felt mentally prepared did the day.

I’m sure you’re asking ‘What would I do for an hour?’ Successful people perform activities such as: planning the day, reading, meditating, exercising, or just taking time for themselves.

Instead of making a New Year’s Resolution, make a Fall Back Resolution. Work on your new habit in that extra hour where you have the most will power. You will have a better chance of winning!

Have a fabulous day!


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