For those of us who observe daylight savings time, it's that time again. The time where we gain an hour. It's the weekend where we set our clocks back one hour.
Reminder: Daylight savings time ends - change your clocks, Saturday, November 5th
For me, this signals the beginning of the season where I am continuously short on time. Where there doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. Like it or not, we are heading into the end of the year and the busy holiday season will be upon us before we know it.
It's a time for family, friends, thanksgiving and celebration. It's a time where we have much on our schedule and much to get accomplished. And along with that busy schedule and long to-do lists comes more activity, more functions, and more errands.
The problem is that extra hustle-bustle comes as our days are getting shorter. For many of us, we will be spending more time out and about after the sun has set.
As you combine the season, the shortened days and what some refer to as 'the most dangerous time of year' you can easily become a victim.
My suggestion is Fall Back. Inspired by daylight savings time, it's fall back and reset. Fall back, before you walk out that door from the mall, your neighbors or your office. Fall back long enough to get your keys out first, arrange your carried objects so you have a hand free. Fall back and pause long enough to make sure you are practicing your situational awareness and to be observant of those around you.
Those extra few seconds can mean the difference between being prepared and being caught off-guard.
During this holiday season, we wish you and yours the happiest of times and remember to fall back!