How to Make the Most Out of Your Extra Hour


This weekend includes every North American’s favourite day of the year — the day we roll back the clocks one hour, and get an extra hour to do with as we please.

While most people will sleep their hour away, there is a lot you can do with that hour of time you get back — after daylight saving time stole it away back in March. Not sure where to start? Let us show you the ways …

Utilize the extra morning sunlight

One of the best parts about the end of daylight saving time is that the sun rises earlier in the day. No longer are we struggling to get out of bed when the sun is barely peeking over the horizon. Instead, the bright rays of sunlight will help you to naturally wake up and enjoy the day.

So, use your extra hour to enjoy a little bit of sunlight in your morning. Watch the sunrise with your morning cup of coffee — or go for a walk or run to start your day!

Do something you don’t normally have time to do

There’s something in everyone’s lives they wish they had more time to do. Whether that’s painting your nails, meal prepping, scrolling through Tinder or enjoying a drink with friends, spend your extra hour doing something you wish you could do every day.

Make a game out of it

If you are prone to sleeping in (don’t worry, we’re guilty as well!), the best way to make use of the extra hour is to take advantage of it when the clocks go back at 2am. All of the sudden it’s 1am and you have a whole extra hour, right then and there, to do with what you like!

Want to make a game out of it? When the clock strikes 1am for the second time, try to recreate exactly what happened the first time. Whoever does it the best, wins a prize!

Get in an extra episode of your favourite show

Who doesn’t love binge-watching the latest season of their favourite show the minute it drops on Netflix? If you haven’t caught up on the latest season of Stranger Things, now is your time to get in an extra episode — just make sure you have a pair of extra pants too.

Help someone in need

For many people, taking time out of their day to volunteer, donate to charity, or help someone in need doesn’t fit into their busy schedules. With an extra hour, take some time to think about other people in your life or in your community that might need an extra hand more than an extra hour.

Conquer the last items on your to do list

We all know that the last items you cross off on your to do list are the ones you want to do the least. Use this hour to complete the tasks you’ve been avoiding in your life, and get them out of the way for all the amazing things you’ll add to it tomorrow.

Learn something new

An hour is a lot of time to tackle a new challenge. There are a ton of things you can learn in just one hour. Try learning a few sentences in a new language, make a new craft (we’ve got a ton of good ones to check out!), or read the newspaper to learn about what is happening in your city.