Over the weekend, most of us in North America, Europe, and a few other areas of the world received a gift of an extra hour of time as a result of falling back from Daily Savings Time to Standard Time. So, did we really get an extra hour of time? And just exactly where did we get it - e.g. staying up an extra hour on Saturday night, getting an extra hour of sleep, or having an extra hour to do things on Sunday? Come Monday morning, did we still benefit from that extra hour, or are we just as confused as my dogs are about what time it really is?
My personal opinion is that the hour is more psychological than real, in that I know I have an extra hour so I will use it well. I did stay up Saturday night longer than I normally would have, and I did get up on Sunday morning earlier than normal; but most importantly I was determined to make the best use of that extra hour. So the time switch was a mental booster to get organized and get things done. Ripping through my To Do List, here are some of the things I accomplished:
- Photo Shoot at Cantigny in Wheaton, looking for dried plants and flowers, anything textured that I might use for future experiments with Displacement Mapping.
- Download of images from two cameras, including a group that I had missed previously
- Press Releases for Flowers with Attitude Exhibit at the Calmer House Gallery
- Thank you notes to my Portfolio Reviewers at Filter Photo Festival
- Homework for Professional Practices Class
- Renewed commitment to my Blog, including list of ideas for future posts
While it is possible that the extra hour was taken up by changing all the clocks back, I prefer to think I used it to get organized, be more productive, and renew my energy to focus on my photography. Now if only I can figure out what happened to October...
What about the rest of you - how did you spend your extra hour?