Where Did the Time Go?

It didn’t even occur to me that I had stopped wearing a watch. It was not something that I did proactively, it just happened. Instead, I started to depend on my mobile phone, which was always in my pocket, to let me know where our planet was in relation to the Sun.

With my Nokia E61’s clock set to auto update, it has been a stress-free existence – changing time zones, cities, and continents were never a problem – the network updated the time for me. The built-in alarm clock was ample to wake me up, or alert me about my next appointment. When the Daylights Savings time changes were needed, the phone did it for me. Pretty neat – and no surprise that I have not missed my wristwatch.

However, this advisory from Microsoft about the Daylight Saving Time changes reminded me that one couldn’t always depend on the mobile phones to tell us the correct time. Some network glitches and acts of U.S. Congress can suddenly cause havoc on your schedule.

Congress had passed a law to change the dates when the Daylight Saving Time changes went into effect: Second Sunday of March and First Sunday of November instead of First Sunday of April and Last Sunday. So this year, the DST change will happen on March 11, and if you are a Windows Mobile user, then Microsoft is saying you better download a patch and become ready for the new time regime.

I have not heard about updates for Symbian S60 based devices and other mobile phones and devices. Can this be a productivity drain, at least for a day? This year’s DST change is certainly going to cause some havoc on your calendar and sleep schedule.

Web Worker Daily has some practical tips on how to prepare oneself for the coming change.

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.

And maybe I will just wear a watch for those three weeks, just to be on the safe side.