The end of daylight saving time typically gets a warmer public reception than the beginning, and why shouldn’t it? It’s the one day when we get what we’ve been wishing for during the other 364—more time.
Even though we fall back on Sunday, your internal clock will most likely go off at the normal time on Monday morning. Tempting as it may be to hit the snooze button, plenty of workers will probably stick to their regular routines and take advantage of being able to get up a little earlier.
Here are three tips for making your bonus time count on November 3 and beyond.
1. Mobilize your morning huddle
Every year, there’s an inevitable adjustment period when DST begins and ends. From slightly off-schedule transportation to the watch you forgot to reset, a number of variables factor in to why employees enter the office slightly dazed or confused.
Rather than putting off or nixing your weekly team meeting, consider making it a mobile conference call. The ability to join a huddle from a smartphone or tablet—especially for those late getting out the door—eliminates the pressures of racing through traffic or battling treacherous commute times, just to be in a physical conference room for 15 minutes.
2. Condense the post-meeting follow up
Beyond bumping up your own productivity, look for ways to help your colleagues as well. A few adjustments to how you structure a conference call can quickly reduce the need for endless follow-up emails or unnecessary check-in meetings.
Looking to collect coworker feedback for a new project? With the right collaboration tools, you can gather input via group polls during the allotted meeting time, rather than sending out a separate survey later (and increasing the chances of it getting lost in colleagues’ inboxes.)
3. Preserve your meeting
As much as we all try to immediately switch to the new time, there will be people who sleep in or take an early lunch because their bodies need more time to adjust.
It’s a good idea to get into the habit of recording your conference calls. Not only does it create an archive for anyone to recall action items or decisions that were made, but it’s a foolproof way to fill anyone in who misses the meeting. People use their phones to take photos of whiteboards after brain-storming session for this reason, why not give your online meetings the same capability?
The recorded conference allows colleagues to listen to the audio portion of the meeting and, if you shared slides or applications from your desktop, they can view those as well.
Falling back an hour this weekend will hopefully give you a head start for the coming week. By using this extra boost, you can amp up your productivity and have a smoother ride through this last leg of 2014. If you’re lucky, it might even carry you through 2015—or at least until March when we spring forward.
How do you plan to make the most of your extra, post-DST hour?