5 Great Things to Do with That Extra Hour of Time this Sunday

Self on 11.01.12
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This Sunday morning at 2 a.m. we turn the clocks back an hour. I always dread this day as it means that next week it will be dark out by 5 p.m. and earlier and earlier in the following days and weeks which means more time inside with the kids instead of romping in the parks after school. But there is one giant benefit to daylight savings, and that is that we gain an hour in the day on Sunday. For most parents, there are never enough hours in the day so to have an extra hour can pretty big deal—if you make the most of it. Here are five ways to take advantage of that extra hour instead of letting it go to waste lounging on the couch.

1. Exercise

Lack of time is a common excuse for people who don’t get to exercise enough so Sunday would be the perfect time to go for a nice long walk, bike ride, or hike. Getting out there that first time is the hardest, and it feels so good that it might inspire you to find at least a little bit of time to do it on those days when you don’t think you have it.

2. Sleep

It seems impossible to catch up on sleep between children waking up in the middle of the night, working late nights, and keeping the house in order. The kids might not sleep in, but take turns with your partner so that each of you gets an hour nap during the day.

3. Get a Project Done

It’s often hard to find the time to get the little projects done around the house like fixing that squeaky door, touching up a paint job, or changing out a light fixture, but all of these projects can be done within an hour and it will feel great to knock a thing or two off of your to-do list.

4. Make a Sunday Dinner

In a time when so many people spend their days running between work, kid activities, and errands, it’s hard to put a nice meal on the table. But Sundays are the perfect time to gather the family together for a nice sit down dinner, and this Sunday that extra hour will give you the time to whip up a lasagna or make a pot of stew to enjoy with your family.

5. Catch Up with a Friend

When everyone’s got crazy schedules, it’s easy to fall behind on your friends’ lives. If you’re anything like me, you’ve been meaning to call to see how that new job is going or how the kids are, but haven’t been able to find the time. Pick up the phone or make a plan to meet for coffee with a friend who you are overdue on catching up with.


Unfortunately, there are not five extra hours in the day this Sunday so that you can do all of these things if you don’t normally fit them into your schedule. But even if you can only do one of them, you can be certain that you’ve put that extra hour of your day to good use and any of these will help you feel refreshed to start off the week and the season of early nights.

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