Before Breakfast - Change your clocks, nudge new habits

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Good morning. This is Laura.

00:00:42 before breakfast podcast today's tip is to use the upcoming time change as a prompt to do any task that you need to do roughly two times per year. The split isn't perfect. But since you have to address the time change as you change clocks, you may as well use that as a nut to get to other things, too.

Play tip comes from a listener named Ray who noted that for me changing. The clocks is a prompt to do those periodic tasks or every six months is about the right schedule. It started with the local fire service ad campaign recommending that we check our smoke detectors are working whenever we Spring Forward or fall back such a great idea. I've since gone on to extend the now when I change the clocks I check the smoke detectors turn the mattress wash the mattress protector and either get the garden furniture out or put it away really race does the Hat can be applied to anything that you want to do on a twice-a-year basis and it eliminates that nagging sense of I should do that. When should I do that? When did I do that for household jobs that aren't part of our usual weekly or monthly routine.

I think this is a great idea as a time change has moved a bit in the past few years the dates when we Spring Forward and fall back are not perfectly 6 months apart. They're closer to four months apart in the US. So it's a little different elsewhere. But the point is that many of us forget to do these twice-a-year things until they become once-a-year things or not at all of your things. For instance. When did you last replace the batteries in your smoke detectors? When did you last turn your mattress? I'm guessing that a twice-a-year schedule. That is not exactly 6 months apart might be better than a schedule that doesn't happen. So as we head into the time change this weekend in the US or over the next few weekends elsewhere think about what activities you might be able to tie to the time change. What do you need to do a few times per year?

You could use the time change as a cue for obviously seasonal stuff like taking an outdoor furniture or moving summer and winter clothes in and out of storage, but it could also be a reminder to make your next dental appointment do preventative car maintenance or vacuum out the coils in your fridge.

In any case make a list and then put this on the calendar for the days around the time change as you do them this first time pay attention when the time switch is again, you'll know you have a list of things you plan to do and you'll be more motivated to tackle them.

In the case of changing the batteries in your smoke detectors that could be life-saving. But even if we're just talking about moving your sweaters into the center of your closet or moving your outdoor chair cushions into the garage it good to do it before the situation gets desperate change the clocks change other things too. It's really as simple as that.

In the meantime, this is Laura. Thanks for listening. And here's to making the most of our time.

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