Leave Our Clocks Alone
By Jeff Salter
This week, we’re having a group session about daylight saving time. It seems some of the Foxes don’t mind it at all. Angie, the Wednesday Fox, dislikes it. Well, I hate it.
Our specific topic: does daylight saving time make us more pleasant, more punctual, or more productive? Grrr.
I’m definitely NOT more pleasant, particularly during the first few weeks of DST. When I’m left to my solo scheduling, I’m typically quite prompt and usually early (regardless of the season). When going places as a couple, I find we’re often barely on time or sometimes late. Go figure. The season does not seem to affect that either.
When I worked a regular, early shift in an office environment, DST bugged me, but didn’t affect my productivity per se — in those days, I tended to be more productive in the mornings.
But the productivity part of DST is my biggest beef – nowadays, in retirement – because my most productive (writing) hours are now AFTER supper each evening. When it’s daylight until 9:30, sometimes I don’t see a supper plate until TEN. By the time I eat and then fling myself into the shower, it’s time for bed!
So, in summary: I hate DST, wish they’d set the clocks SOMEWHERE and leave them. My preference would be STANDARD time year ‘round.
For a look at my griping on this same topic from 2013, take a look here:
What about you? Do you prefer Standard time or Daylight time? Why? Or do you care either way?