0230 – Keep the Dark in Mind

This time of year can be tough.  Just today I had a frantic neighbor pull into the drive where I was working needing to burrow a tool to try and complete a job before the sun was set.  It seems like we are in a race against the sun here in NE Ohio now that we have fallen back.  The shorter days can take a toll on us in many ways and today we are going to take a look at some ways to make our lives a little bit safer as the nights get a little it darker!

0230 – Keep the Dark in Mind

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Adjust your Schedule

This time of year can be a bit depressing.  It feels like it is dark by 4:15 in the afternoon.  When the clocks fall back we need to think about how it is that we can use the daylight to keep ourselves safe and operating efficiently.  We are minutes of light from the day but the clocks seem to make it worse than it really is.  Don’t forget we are simply shifting when we experience the light.  So one of the ways we can combat the darkness is to simply adjust our schedule.

Move outdoor activities to the AM

Plan Your Time

Move your big projects to where you have big chunks of light

  • Weekends
  • Holidays
  • Shift your work schedule

Make sure your projects fit

  • Some projects you can walk away from anytime
  • Some projects have sensible stopping points
  • Some projects are the whole deal

Quit before its too late

  • Light
  • Fatigue

Get Cozy in the Dark

Let’s face it, when the going gets tough, the tough get going right.  Well let’s get going.  Just because things become less convenient and a bit more difficult doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t  be taking care of business.  I use this time of year to get more comfortable with the dark.  That might mean that we end up doing things in the dark or we find some ways around the darkness.  Let your eyes adjust, get that head lamp on, turn on the headlights.

Park with the Dark in Mind

If we shift around our routines and focus activities to times of day that make sense, we might find ourselves stopping a the grocery store on the way home from work.

Take some time to think about where you are parking.  The spot that is perfectly safe at 4:45 may be a whole new world at 5:45 when you emerge from the Piggly Wiggly.  Remember to take into account the change in time when you select your parking spot.  Park in that well lit spot BEFORE it gets dark.

Carry Your Gear

  • “Safe” and “Dangerous” times
  • Out of routine

 

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