Both fall back and spring forward can have more of an impact than we realize.
Studies show that it takes about a week to adjust to Daylight Savings Time. However, even after that point, there are still adverse affects on productivity.
There are a few ways to combat the Daylight Savings slump, regardless of the direction the clock is moving:
1. Get a good night’s sleep
Take this time to go bed a little earlier than usual.
2. Soak up the sun while you can
Getting plenty of sunlight will not only keep you energized, but also keep your sleep schedule on track.
3. Keep Moving
Coffee can only do so much. Try getting up from your desk a few times during the day, stretch, or do a lap around the office. Any way you can add movement to your routine will make a difference.
4. Turn on some tunes
The noise will not only knock your brain back into work mode, it’ll also keep you from dozing off.
5. Save your easiest tasks for last
Answering emails, scheduling meetings, updating spreadsheets and all other non-urgent to-do’s can wait until the end of the day and can even be done from your bed.
Maddie Ray is a senior studying journalism.