The extra hour we get when daylight savings times change is often heralded as an opportunity for extra productivity, activity and ‘doing’. However, given that we’re all already ‘owed’ an hour every other time it changes, it seems a little unfair to expect us to work through it – as such, Zero Tasking Day is designed to dedicate this hour to ‘me time’; encouraging rest, relaxation and a distinct lack of work.
History of Zero Tasking Day
Daylight Savings Time was originally created to help the world keep in line with the cycles of an agrarian society. The times you worked and the times you took care of personal needs were all tied directly to the daylight hours. So it was decided that changing all the clocks at the same time on the same day would provide an additional hour of light for those who followed a more modern, clock-based schedule. For a while most of the world followed a schedule affected by Daylight Savings Time, and each year that number is dwindling.
When daylight savings time changes, we are sometimes gifted with an imaginary ‘extra hour’, and zero-tasking day encourages us to take the opportunity to use that hour for personal growth, relaxation, and basically just taking care of ‘me’. Especially in today’s society where time is constantly marching on and we’re heavily connected to everything, finding a little time to disconnect is absolutely vital to keeping ourselves physically and emotionally fit. So who’s responsible for this little burst of genius? One Nancy Christie, a self-help coach and general life blogger who encourages people to really care about themselves and live the best, happiest life they can. So what better time to do all this than time that doesn’t exist anywhere else?
How to celebrate Zero Tasking Day
Take an hour out of your day when Daylight Savings Time comes into effect, and settle in to relax and truly take care of yourself. Find a book you haven’t read and absorb the tales and stories therein, find a new craft you’ve been wanting to pick up, and take the time to do so. It can even be as simple as a call you’ve been meaning to make to friend or family members, or even just taking a walk through your local parks to soak in the sun, rain, and wind as part of life. Whatever it is your soul needs, Zero Tasking Day is your chance to take an hour and do it.