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  • Fall Back an Hour – This Time Change is Good for Learning New Habits

    Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, PMP, PMI-ACP, RYT

    This Sunday in many places in the Northern Hemisphere marks the end of Daylight Saving Time when we move our clocks back an hour.   If you normally wake up at 7 AM, this means you will now normally wake up a 6 AM.  Likewise, you will start being sleepy an hour earlier too.   Instead of adapting your sleep cycle, I’m going to propose you try something different.   Get up at your regular time.  So if you normally get up at 7, start now getting up at 6.   Use this extra time to adopt a new habit you’ve been wanting to do.

    For example, if you wanted to introduce more exercise into your life (which is also very good for helping you learn better) now is a great time to do so.  People who exercise first thing in the morning, tend to actually exercise.   They stick with it longer.  So if you are the excuse making type (most of us are) and one of your excuses is – “I don’t have enough time in the morning to exercise” – well now you have a whole hour to fit in that half hour walk.

    Various studies of college students showed whenever there was a transition to their schedule, this was a good time to introduce a new habit.  Changing our clocks back an hour affords us this transition.   When Cheetah Learning students start any of our project management or accelerated learning classes – we help them make the transition to learning by setting up their schedules for when they will do their course activities.  Paying attention to how you use your time to complete a goal sharpens your focus and significantly increases your chances of attaining your goal.

    Time is our most precious commodity – you are getting a gift of this Sunday.  What are you going to do with your extra hour on Sunday?   Make it count towards achieving one of your goals.

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