SURVEY SAYS: When WIll You "Fall Back"?

November 2, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - If you thought clocks were supposed to fall back last weekend, you weren't alone.

But for the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (which extended Daylight Saving Time in the U.S. beginning in 2007 – see Time for a Change? ), most U.S. clocks would have been changed (not all areas of the U.S. observe DST).   In fact, I’ve been fighting my blackberry for the correct time for a week, and my DVD apparently hasn’t gotten the message, either.   As it is, those of us who DO will switch our clocks back this weekend.   This week, I asked readers when they would set their clocks back.

Apparently most of us ( 57.5% ) will make the change on Saturday night before turning in (one reader noted, “…are you kidding with the Sunday at 2:00a.m., I haven’t seen that since I was single and without kids. I’m lucky if I make the 10:00 p.m. news “), and 13.5% will do so on Sunday morning.   Another 5% will be attending to things “sometime Sunday”, and half that number will be doing so on Sunday morning – but before going to bed.  

“Other” was a more popular than usual category this week – garnering a full one-in-five responses – and the source of this week’s special verbatims:

Some people have a special “system”:  

“Saturday morning so I have an extra day to get on the right schedule instead of paying the price Monday morning.”

“Saturday early afternoon as I like to go to bed and get up with the actual time.”

Several were “combating” technology:

“All of the alarm clocks in the house are designed to switch automatically via satellite. I thought this would be a good idea because I would never need to change the time again. Unfortunately, nobody told the satellite DST was extended, and they all changed last weekend. They have been wrong all week.”

“Saturday morning — I’m going out of town for a trip and will be in a hotel at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. As an aside, my three [pre-2007] automatic-time-adjustment clocks were all wrong, and “fell back” a week early. Apparently they didn’t get a copy of the legislation.”

“Well, we have a couple of clocks that purport to set themselves. Unfortunately, they were programmed BEFORE DST changed. So the clock by my side of the bed “fell back” last weekend and had to be reset. Plus, I now have to make sure all of my global calls are set to the right time because my team in India isn’t on any sort of DST, and back in the spring, we were off by one hour for several weeks. It’s not nice for those folks who already stay late (their time) to have a call with us on our morning. Outside of those clocks that set “automatically” (and then have to be reset), we’ll do the clocks Sunday sometime. Note that there is one clock that we never got around to changing in the spring, so it will be just dandy on Sunday morning.”

“Some of the above. Part of our house is already observing Standard Time, other parts will be when we wake up Sunday morning and others are holding out a little longer, possibly until Monday. Our antique (that means old, not valuable) mantel clock will be on the same time I am, whatever that happens to be, since I am allowed to control that one manually.”

“I will set clocks back on Saturday night, except for the cable box which changed on its own last weekend, so my den is on Central time this week.”

For some, the “other” answer was “never”:

“Never. I stopped resetting my clock forward and back few years ago. I simply leave all the clocks on DST. I just got used to it and I know to properly deduct one hour.”

For others the “other” answer was “ongoing”:

“I’ll set my wristwatch and my bedside alarm clock when I go to bed Saturday night and all other clocks, timers, etc. on Sunday….all day.”

Family was a “factor”:

“My husband changes “his” clocks (2) Saturday evening. I change the rest of the clocks (7) on Sunday morning.”

“I will set the clocks back Saturday night before I go to sleep. BC (before children), I would celebrate DST with an extra hour of parting and/or sleep. However, since my three kids internal clocks have no concept of DST, or my desire to squeeze an extra hour of sleep into an already sleep deprived week, I will go to bed knowing full well, that those little minions WILL still be waking me up at the crack of dawn, regardless of what the clock reads!”

But this week’s Editor’s Choice comes all the way from Hawaii  ” Aloha Nevin, I realize this is too late for your survey today regarding when everyone will change their clocks, but I did have to add my 20 cents.   While we don’t recognize daylight savings time, our challenge is trying to remember what time it is in the rest of the world because yes, we do live on an island.”

Thanks to everyone who participated in our survey!

the bedroom clock will get set back before I go to bed Saturday night. All the other clocks in the house will be changed when I get up on Sunday or at least at some point on Sunday!
I'll reset my bedroom clock on Saturday night, the DVR resets itself, the microwave and stove clocks...maybe Sunday, and all others after I realize (because I'm an hour late for something) that I forgot to reset them.
The clocks are set back Sunday morning and my modest collection of wristwatches gets set back as I wear one. Too many to do them all at once.
Never. I stopped resetting my clock forward and back few years ago. I simply leave all the clocks on DST. I just got used to it and I know to properly deduct one hour
Since I sleep in on Sunday anyway, I like to think I'm getting an extra hour of awake time during the day on Sunday.
normally it would be Saturday before going to bed, but I'll be out of town so it will have to be Sunday afternoon...personally, it drives me crazy that the U.S. does this at all. Given the typical 10-12 hour work days - what energy are we saving?!
Saturday night before I go to bed, are you kidding with the Sunday at 2:00a.m., I haven't seen that since I was single and without kids. I'm lucky if I make the 10:00p.m. news.
As I happen upon Them - Sunday, since the Cable TV Box always updates the DST automatically I always go back to "the box" as reference.
I will set the clocks back Saturday night before I go to sleep. BC (before children), I would celebrate DST with an extra hour of parting and/or sleep. However, since my three kids internal clocks have no concept of DST, or my desire to squeeze an extra hour of sleep into an already sleep deprived week, I will go to bed knowing full well, that those little minions WILL still be waking me up at the crack of dawn, regardless of what the clock reads!
I wait for the cable box to tell me the time on Sunday and then I change the rest of the clocks.
I'll set my wristwatch and my bedside alarm clock when I go to bed Saturday night and all other clocks, timers, etc. on Sunday....all day.
whenever we get around to it - we will reset the important one Sunday sometime - the alarm clock and the rest whenever. The car ones that don't reset automatically we may never reset - we have to find the instruction manual and then figure out how to do it. And some of our watches we have to figure out how first so it maybe we will just pretend we are traveling in another time zone and not worry about it.
Probably Saturday morning so I can spend the day playing "what is the REAL time?" and I bask in Einstein's realitivity.
My clocks were set automatically last weekend and I never changed them back. Now, I just need the TV shows to catch up. ha!!
All of the alarm clocks in the house are designed to switched automatically via satellite. I thought this would be a good idea because I would never need to chang ethe time again. Unformtunately, nobody told the satellite DST was extended, and they all changed last weekend. They have been wrong all week.
Saturday night before I go to bed for most of them, although I will struggle (and briefly panic) with resetting the one in the car on my way to church on Sunday.
My watch (aka cellphone) should set itself. All non-computerized chronographs at home will be reset by spouse - I'll be at the SPARK conference and not too worrried about being late for golf on Sunday.
I usually set at least one clock before I go to bed and then set the rest of them sometime on Sunday. There's always that one clock that's forgotten and doesn't get switched for a week or two.
None of the above. Atomic clocks will do the work for me.
Sunday morning after I get up I'll reset my home clocks except for the clock I set back last night after I replaced its battery. Didn't want to open it up to reset it again Sunday. Now the car on the other hand waits until I am not running late to wherever I need to go.............
Saturday morning or afternoon.
A few of my clocks are programmed to switch automatically, and since I've had them for more than a couple of years, they actually switched last weekend and I've had to mentally adjust this week. Otherwise, I'll change the rest Sunday morning when I get up.
My husband changes "his" clocks (2) Saturday evening. I change the rest of the clocks (7) on Sunday morning.
I'll set my clocks back on Saturday night before I go to bed - however, I wish that we were all like Arizona and have ONE time schedule year-round - they don't have daylight savings time.
While travelling this Monday, I saw a number of clocks set back early. I always rely on my cell phone to give me the "real" time.
I try to set them before bedtime. However, usually miss some and will do them after I wake up. My watch is automatic as it sync's with the atomic clock somewhere to keep time. I leave it alone.
Saturday morning -- I'm going out of town for a trip and will be in a hotel at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. As an aside, my three [pre-2007] automatic-time-adjustment clocks were all wrong, and "fell back" a week early. Apparently they didn't get a copy of the legislation. --Karl S.
After I've shown up for work early a couple of times.
Since I will be out of town this weekend, I'll have to do it Sometime on Sunday when I return home. Normally, I would sent them on Saturday night before I go to bed.
Normally, saturday night before I go to bed. However, my VCR is not observing the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and changed last weekend (I haven't bothered to fix it)....
Saturday early afternoon as I like to go to bed and get up with the actual time
When I start arriving an hour early or late to the kids sporting events.
Some of the above. Part of our house is already observing Standard Time, other parts will be when we wake up Sunday morning and others are holding out a little longer, possibly until Monday. Our antique (that means old, not valuable) mantel clock will be on the same time I am, whatever that happens to be, since I am allowed to control that one manually.
The cable box changed by itself last Sunday, so my den has been on Central time this week. Did I register for the DB conference?
Well, we have a couple of clocks that purport to set themselves. Unfortunately, they were programmed BEFORE DST changed. So the clock by my side of the bed "fell back" last weekend and had to be reset. Plus, I now have to make sure all of my global calls are set to the right time because my team in India isn't on any sort of DST, and back in the spring, we were off by one hour for several weeks. It's not nice for those folks who already stay late (their time) to have a call with us on our morning. Outside of those clocks that set "automatically" (and then have to be reset), we'll do the clocks Sunday sometime. Note that there is one clock that we never got around to changing in the spring, so it will be just dandy on Sunday morning. Thanks, Nevin. And thanks too for the InTouch. It's nice to have that back, and I appreciate the effort you put into it. Bronson
It takes me all week to figure out how to change the clock in the car, I can never remember how I did it before. Read the owner's manual...What's an owner's manual?
WHY BOTHER? THEN I CAN BE EARLY TO WORK EVERY DAY.
Saturday morning so I have an extra day to get on the right schedule instead of paying the price Monday morning.
Mine is already done. I have one of those clocks that sets itself but thanks to the change it was a week ahead of itself. I left it alone and have been in early to work all week.
I'll set the one in the bedroom before I go to bed so I can relish the extra hour's sleep! All of the other aggravating digital monsters can wait...maybe my husband will do it.
Will not change the clocks until Tuesday when we return from the SPARK conference in Florida. We're tacking on an extra day and flying out Saturday morning verrrrrrrrry early. Clocks will have to wait until we come back Tuesday night.

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