Should we Abolish Daylight Savings Time?

SunriseTwice a year it happens, and throws off my day–no, several, if not a whole week–every time. My friend Jim Winter complains about it at least once, usually twice a year. This year, he calls it “Winter’s Final Screw You,” and has at other times referred to it as the “crappiest time of the year” and his “least favorite time of year.”

I have to admit, I agree. It’s basically jet-lag without going anywhere, and the older I get, the more it throws me off. Some people think it’s cool to get that extra hour in the fall (usually when they are at a bar at a Halloween party), but for me, it usually is just taken up in adjustment time. Or at the very least, an extra hour to sleep in without feeling like so much of a slug. But then the days that are already getting short seem that much shorter when sunset comes an hour earlier.

The springtime spring forward is even worse. I have enough trouble getting to sleep at night that I can’t just go to bed an hour earlier and get anything out of it. But I still have to get up an hour earlier the next day.

Of the two, I hate the switch to Standard Time in the winter more, because of that whole short day getting shorter thing. Even the government has figured out that it’s not such a good thing–we use more energy when daylight fades sooner, which is why we fall back later now than we did a few years ago, and spring forward sooner. Daylight Savings Time really does save.

OTOH, it is that much harder to get up early when it’s still dark, and the switch to Standard Time means I have to do that for only about a month. Also, I don’t like the idea of kids having to walk to school or wait for the bus in the dark any more than most parents do, so minimizing that is a good thing.

Jim’s post says there’s a movement afoot to abolish time change. I can’t say I’d be sad if that happened. Given the above, I’m not sure if that’s a solution. Neither way gives me any extra hours in the day–which is what I’d really like.

ROW80Logo175Which brings me around to my ROW80 update. I don’t know where the week went, but not much of it went to writing. I only got about 1500 words written, when I wanted to get 3500. I did get the website done, which was partially spurred by the fact that last week, I said, “this time for sure!” So that’s a win. Fitness was again, halfway there. But with the website done, I do get to move on to something else this week, which is a good thing. πŸ™‚ Also, because my friend has been more than patient with me and I’m glad to finally have it taken care of for her. I might have a few more tweaks to do after she looks it over, but otherwise, I’m moving on to the next thing on the list. Here goes for this week:

  • 3500 new words
  • Tie up any loose ends on website and format print book for friend
  • Fitness 3-4x

What about you–do you like time change, or do you think we should just abolish it altogether? Which one do you find harder to deal with,Β fall back or spring forward? And whether or not you’re a writer or participating in ROW80, how did you do on whatever goals you had this week? Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. I love daylight savings time and wish we kept it all year like we did that one year how many years ago? To save energy. But kids walking to school in the dark isn’t good. I don’t like that either. I seem to adjust to the changes pretty easy, but when we fall back and go off daylight savings, I dread it every year!

    Hope you have a wonderful week, Jennette!

  2. I wish we’d spring forward and then just leave it. The change in time doesn’t bother me so much, although I very much dislike losing an hour, but it does a number on my kiddos. It will be a few days before they’re recovered and the wait is terrible, lol.

    Wahoo, you got the website done. Very nice. Here’s to a great week. πŸ™‚

  3. I say abolish it! Arizona doesn’t abide by it. I’m sure there’s another state, too. Just keep the time the same, but that doesn’t mean keep DST. That means keep Standard Time.

  4. I would support abolishing it. It seems to do more harm than good. I just blogged about the fact that springtime daylight savings time increases car accidents and decreases worker productivity. If the fall time change increases our energy usage, what’s the point in keeping it around, other than inertia?

    Let’s hope our bodies adjust to the time change in a day or two! πŸ™‚

  5. Wow, some people really like to complain. (I’m kidding.)

    I like daylight savings because I don’t like driving home in the dark. This time of year, it’s still light when I get home so I don’t have to worry about coming home to a dark house. I know I can leave lights on and all that, but I like the natural light so much better.

    If we abolish it, I say we stick to this one and not the other. That’s how Hawaii does it. Another reason to love Hawaii.

    Now stop whining and get to work.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  6. Lynn, me too-to all of what you said!

    SJ, totally agree – I wish we could just stay on daylight time. And thanks!

    Stacy, parts of Indiana don’t observe Daylight Savings Time. But some counties do! Confusing, huh? I wish we’d just stay on it.

    Denise, that’s what I’d like to know! The only good I see from ever going to standard time is to not have kids walking to school and waiting for buses in the dark. I hate the change either way!

    LOL Patricia! I actually prefer Daylight time – it’s Standard time I can do without! And yes, going to do some writing tonight LOL.

  7. Instead of an extra hour of sleep, I enjoy staying up an extra hour in the fall. I’m not a fan of losing an hour’s sleep (aka going to bed sooner than I’d like), but it doesn’t seem to take me long to adjust – for which I’m thankful.

    Congrats on the progress you made last week. Hope this week is going beautifully.

    Hope it doesn’t take you too long to adjust to the time change this year.


  8. “Winters screw you!” That’s funny. I hear ya Jennette. I’m not a fan of the time change either. I cannot fall asleep. And you’re right. It’s like jet lag. I never thought of it that way. See, you’re still spunky even with little sleep. lol. According to Susie Lindau’s post the other day, daylight savings time was introduced to save the wax for candles. Yep, we can thank Ben Franklin for that one. He should be shot. Oh wait, he’s already dead. Well so are we Ben. We’re all walking around like the walking dead for about a month. Thank you Jennette. You’ve helped me to unload too. I’m with you all the way. Now, get some sleep and have a great week. If you can. πŸ™‚

  9. Steph, you’re lucky! I used to bounce back much more easily when I was younger. And thanks!

    LOL Karen! I think it was to give farmers more benefit of daylight for milking cows and such, which needed to be done all year long. Fine for an agrarian society–which we haven’t been for a long time. Going to try for some better sleep tonight!

  10. I love that our days are longer, but I didn’t adust so easily to the time change. I just got used to being able to wake up without my alarm, but this week I’m back to the alarm. Oh well. Hope your week is a good one!

  11. I feel bad for the kids going to school in the dark, but I adore having brightness in the evenings. Lifts my mood and makes me feel connected with the world when I see parents strolling by my house with their children after dinner.

    But okay. The change in the clock twice a year always throws me off for a couple of days, too. I admit it.