Daylight Savings 2.0: how to avoid calendar chaos


Pop Quiz: what does the Energy Policy Act of 2005 have to do with your schedule this spring?

Along with the tax incentives for geothermal energy and hybrid vehicles and clean coal initiatives, Congress also changed the starting date for Daylight Savings Time from the first Sunday in April to the second Sunday in March, effective 2007 – that’s March 11 this year. I don’t know about you, but I’m already scheduling meetings into March and April. The big question is whether my calendar (and yours!) will get the times of those meetings right if they fall into those magic three weeks that are now part of DST for the first time.

If you’re on a Mac, all is well provided you update to OS X 10.4.6 or later (one more excuse, er, reason to upgrade to Leopard when it comes out!). If you’re a Windows user, Microsoft has you covered with a variety of software updates. If you keep track of meetings with a PDA or one of the plethora of online calendars…well, good luck. It’s going to be interesting, to say the least, to see which of them manages to make the changeover correctly this year. It won’t be a disaster of Y2K proportions (oh, wait, that didn’t actually happen), but some people are certainly going to be an hour late to things.

Our advice? Lay in some extra coffee and donuts for meetings in those three weeks, be prepared to make phone calls or send instant message reminders to people who don’t show up when you think they should, and try not to stress too much about being on time for things. Maybe you’ll discover you could even do with a few less meetings.


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