Top Ten Things Not to Do When the Time Changes


Daylight Savings time

I dislike the time change situation and have to guard against doing some unnatural things during the “getting used to” period. I hope this list is not too late.

Top Ten Things Not to Do When the Time Changes

10 When there is a time change, do not think “fall back ” will really give you an hour of extra sleep. If you do, at best you will be grumpy and disappointed. At worst, you will hold a grudge against the government until the “spring forward” time comes around. (Those threatening letters to the President have a way of coming back to haunt you. Don’t they felon?)

9 When there is a time change, do not expect your pets to understand the difference. If you do, at best you will have a lot of whining around the house. At worst, those routines that are now disrupted will cause some major animal errors. (What part of going outside by 7:00 did you miss trying to extend the visit by an hour?)

8 When there is a time change, do not expect your boss to understand your inability to adapt. If you do, at best your boss has the same problem. At worst, the meeting called for your performance appraisal was an hour ago. (I’ll bet you are happy with your raise this year Ferd. Is giving back some of last year’s a thing?)

7 When there is a time change, do not think the rest of the world needs to understand your disorganization. If you do, at best you will only miss a couple of scheduled events. At worst, your no-show profile will be noted, and the next event invitation will conveniently arrive one hour after the event is over. (There is only so much planners can take and after all it’s been three months since the change.)

6 When there is a time change, do not forget to reset your timers. If you do forget, at best there will be minor inconveniences until set. At worst, that oven setting will be an hour late, and you’ll be faced with raw chicken, and you invited your boss for dinner. (Lucky you there is a Kentucky Fried outlet just down the block. What you don’t know is your boss can’t eat fried food and just walked through the front door.)

5 When there is a time change, do not forget it gets dark earlier in the fall. If you do, at best you’ll need to remember a flashlight next time. At worst, that sinkhole which is very visible in the light somehow disappears in the dark. (That is until you manage to step in it and go up to your knees in freezing water huh Bunky?)

4 When there is a time change, do not take out the fact that you are out of sorts on others. If you do, at best you will be ignored. At worst, you will insult those whose job it is to serve you. (You can’t tell but Tiny the WWF champ is heading to your table to personally deliver the perfectly cooked meal you sent back. It seems that Tiny was on probation as a chef and your meal was the test case. Hope your health insurance is in effect Buster.)

3 When there is a time change, do not keep one clock on the previous time. If you do, at best you might pay attention to that clock and miss something. At worst, you will keep reminding yourself of your unfortunate lack of ability to adapt and continue to measure your life in terms of what is missing as opposed to what you have. (A deep philosophical point which can be summed up with the word “stubborn.” Right Clyde?)

2 When there is a time change, do not be concerned that you have to calculate scheduled times for your favorite shows. If you do, at best you will miss a few shows due to your own error. At worst, you will employ a tremendous amount of effort only to discover the shows are on at the same time as usual. (Makes one feel foolish doesn’t it Homer

1 When there is a time change, do not attempt to change your car clock yourself. If you do, at best you’ll realize quickly you need help. At worst , you’ll make some adjustment that has never been seen before and will require a replacement clock to fix. (The clock reset is a little car manufacturer humor built into each car. Maybe this is the only exception to point number three.)


  1. Gwen Plano · ·

    Oh my goodness, I love #1. Once I even took my car to the dealer and asked them to change the time. A couple of guys later, they threw up their hands as well. It was hilarious. BTW, I now know how to do it….but of course, I haven’t yet. 🙂

    1. It is one of those life skills that has to be savored. Wait until mid-January. Thanks, Gwen

  2. I know people who do #3. They say it’s to make things easier, but it’s always a clock in a public spot. I think they enjoy messing with people.

    1. I do as well. Works though. Thanks, Charles.

  3. There’s something about the one in the car. I’ve let one run for a year untouched. It’s easier in the Toyota though.

    1. I think the toughest are the pre-digital ones. Thanks, Craig

      1. I never had too much trouble with them. Turn the dial and set it ahead. These new ones involve holding down multiple button while drawing magical sigils in the air with your toes, etc.

      2. Not to mention the spell. You do have the password to the spell don’t you? 😀

      3. I can never remember all those passwords. One special character, one rune, etc.

  4. Number 9 hits us hard. The cats don’t ever care about time, but the dog is very set in the ways of her schedule. Number 3 caused my daughter and I to miss a train once. I had reset everything except my wristwatch. “Oh, we have plenty of time…” Yeah, not quite enough time.

    Great list, John!

    1. Thanks, Dan. I find the time changes very annoying. 🙂

  5. Maybe the top thing to do would be to move to Arizona. 😉
    Hve a great week,

    1. Good idea. (for a number of reasons)

  6. Well, I’m feeling pretty good with myself since I managed to resent my car clock. Hilarious list, John!

    1. Excellent, Jill. You are set for at least four months. 😀

  7. What fun reading John! I am proud to say I did manage to reset the clock in my car, although I did have to refer the manual!!!

    1. Good for you. I find the car clock to be the most annoying if not set properly. Maybe it is because the eye hits it every three seconds. Thanks, Lynn.

  8. What an adorable picture. I’m terrible. Many years I’m that critter, with a big Na-na na-na-nah when my car’s clock is finally right again. This year I didn’t get around to changing it until September. Should have left the blasted thing alone. 😉 At least I changed the one on the stove. That one gets too confusing if I leave it… Mega hugs!

    1. The stove and the sprinkler system are the two I pay attention to each time. Thanks, Teagan. HUGS

      1. The modern technology was playing games with my mind this time. Since I was awake most of that night, I happened to look at my Nook (tablet) which did not match the clock. So I got my phone as the deciding vote — but the battery was out. (All 3 change automatically.) I let this situation cause my sleep-deprived mind all sorts of worry, because I suddenly couldn’t trust myself about the spring forward/fall backward thing. (If I think something is supposed to be one way, then you can be sure that it’s actually the other.) After 25 minutes they finally caught up with each other. However going back to sleep was out of the question after all my silliness. 😉 (Yes, i know it’s fall back… I’ll blame it on sleep deprivation.) More hugs.

      2. Oh, my, Teagan. Sounds like a horrible night. I hoe you are sound asleep by now.

  9. It’s the microwave clock giving me fits. Been wrong a week now. Sigh.

    1. Yup. I’m just glad I don’t have a VCR.

      1. Haha! Those were the worst!

      2. Mine blinked constantly. I never did learn how to set it. 😀

  10. Animals can’t tell time. This whole Daylight Saving Time thing doesn’t matter to them.

    Maybe we should all go on UTC…

    1. I agree, John. I think you are saying that wrist er paw watch I bought for my dogs was a waste of money.:-D

      1. Basically, yes… XD

      2. Returned. Thanks. 😀

  11. Boy, were you ever spot on about the pets. Poor Dallas just can’t acclimate to this time change, so he spends a lot of time (more than usual) whining at the door and begging for food. Perhaps a shorter daylight initiates the hunger reflex or something?!

    1. There is a light component. Thanks, Debbie. 🙂

  12. How did I ever survive without you, John?

    1. Um. Not sure. Thanks, Hook 🙂

  13. Another great collection to prove just how silly we can be! Thanks, John!

    1. Thanks, John. Silly indeed.

  14. The car and the cat had a hard time adjusting to the new time! Helpful hints as always!

    1. They ll do. Thanks, Jo.

  15. Hahaha! I tried to change the clock in my car yesterday and messed it up so badly I threw my hands up and slowly exited my car. 🙂 I am tempted to let it go til next Spring.

    I had to watch a YouTube video last time we changed clocks to b/c I couldn’t figure it out. Sigh. I will probably do that again b/c the manual makes no sense! Changing the bloody car clock should not be this hard!

  16. These are terrific. I changed the clock in my car but have given up on my stove.
    The cats were murder this year. Those fur balls have internal clocks that never change. I want one of those. 😀 😀

    1. Yes. Our fur kids are the same way. 😀

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