Dr. David Powers Offers Ideas on What to do with Extra Hour Gained in Time Change

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“Many people are going to use found time from the time change to sleep in. What if you decided to do something more? Something decisive? Something that could really improve your life?” says Dr. David Powers, the Master of the Art of Living.

It’s time to change the clocks again. They're falling backward this time, which means there will be an extra hour in the day. Imagine that- an extra hour of found time. Found time is those moments when there is a little extra space in the day, such as the opportunity to read a few chapters in a favorite novel at the doctor’s office.

“Many people are going to use found time from the time change to sleep in. What if they decided to do something more? Something decisive? Something that could really improve their lives?” says Dr. David Powers, the Master of the Art of Living (http://www.drdavidpowers.com).

Here are a couple of ideas on what to do with an extra hour in the day…

1. Make a new friend. There are so many ways to make a new friend in an hour. Visit a nursing home at breakfast time. Pick a Facebook friend and send them a ‘real’ message instead of hoping they see a status update. Find a breakfast spot or coffee shop and start up a conversation with a server.

2. Sneak in some physical activity. Exercise doesn’t have to mean just sweating at the gym. Take the pet for a walk. Walk the kids to school or the bus stop. Surprise the spouse with a little morning activity.

3. Learn a new skill. An hour in the morning would be a great time to work on new recipes or take language lessons.

4. Go ahead and buy the new whatever. Buy the new tech gadget and spend time learning how to use it. It's an ideal way to be the new office expert.

5. Remodel a room. There is finally time to clean out the junk room and give it a makeover.

6. Dust off the bookshelf. With an extra hour each morning, listen to or read at least one book a month. Buy an electronic reader and use it for #4 as well.

7. Relax. Take the extra hour to pray, meditate, or stretch. Find an activity or non-activity that will start the work day already calm and relaxed.

8. Have an authentic coffee experience. Forget the pre-ground, generic, ready-when-I-wake-up coffee. Buy whole beans, grind them each morning, and use a French press for an authentic experience.

9. Become a history buff. Find an interesting documentary. Take notes for maximum impact and combine with #6 for the complete multimedia experience.

10. Go multicultural. Find a time zone where someone is going to bed when you wake up and make a friend. Use a social media outlet to make the friend and Skype to talk.

"It’s not often that an extra hour can be found in the day, let alone an extra hour every day. Make the most of it. There are any number of things that can be done other than obtaining more sleep. Find one that will help develop the “art of living” and create a more memorable life," says Powers.

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