Campus Commons PT - December 2019

CAMPUS COMMONS

DON’T LET THE TIME CRUNCH STEAL YOUR PRODUCTIVITY THE SHORTEST DAYS OF THE YEAR

In December, the days are shorter than ever, not because they’re less than 24 hours long, but because this month has the least amount of daylight when compared to other months. The “shortest” day of the year is on Dec. 21, when the sun will set at 4:48 p.m. During these shorter days, it’s tempting to just go home, hunker down for the afternoon, and call it a day. But I’m sure if you’re like me, you still have stuff to get done even after the sun goes down, whether that be Christmas shopping, chores around the house, or anything else. Even though the days are shorter, we can’t let the daylight hours rule our schedules. The daylight is scarce enough now that I drive to work in the dark in the morning and leave work as the sun is setting in the evening. In a way, it feels like the movie “Groundhog Day,” where no day is really any different from the last. And, since I’m inside during all the daylight hours, it just feels like the winter drags on with no respite from the dark. It feels like there’s a time crunch that doesn’t exist during the summer. I think in our heads, we feel like we have to get all our tasks and errands done within daylight hours. That certainly makes sense, anyway. Our

brains are wired to power down when it’s dark even when night time comes sooner during the winter. Even on the weekends, it’s still a struggle to fit everything in the time we have. “THERE MIGHT NOT BE AS MUCH DAYLIGHT, BUT THE DAY IS NOT ANY SHORTER. WHILE OUR AFTERNOONS MIGHT BE DARK, WE CAN STILL KEEP OUR PLANS FOR THE DAY IN MIND AND NOT LET THEM STEAL TIME AWAY FROM US...” That’s why now, more than any other time of the year, it’s important to have a plan of attack — a road map through your day. Take account of the chores and activities you can only do when it’s light out, like working in the yard, and set aside time on your days off to get to those things. I can’t tell you how much more I appreciate raking the leaves in my yard on a weekend when it’s light out, rather than trying to get it done in the dark after a workday at 6 p.m.

change in perception. There might not be as much daylight, but the day is not any shorter. While our afternoons might be dark, we can still keep our plans for the day in mind and not let them steal time away from us and get as much out of our days as possible. Whether your December plans include holiday shopping, time with family, or Christmas parties with friends, we at Campus Commons PT hope you can accomplish everything you wish this holiday season. Have a safe, fun, and merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

–Mark Eddy

But, for all the tasks we can accomplish without daylight, I think what we honestly need is a

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