DAYLIGHT SAVINGS

What working moms would do if they could add extra hours to their busy day

Americans are waking up to one extra hour today, marking the end of Daylight Saving Time in the US this year. While many have argued that the semi-annual ritual is “wreaking havoc” with our systems, there’s no doubting the joy of an extra hour of sleep or silence on a Sunday morning—especially with a tense presidential election week ahead.

So what would you do with an extra hour? Laze around? Read a book? Daydream? Meditate?

A short film premiered at the TED women’s conference in San Francisco on Oct. 26 proposed a fascinating thought experiment about what would happen if every day were stretched longer. Director Grace Lee interviewed six working women—among the busiest group of multi-taskers in the world—about what productive, mind-centering things they would do if they could somehow add more hours to each day.

The consensus: Do more work. “I think the answer I’m supposed to say is that I would take time for myself and meditate, take a bath,” says Aminah Bakeer, a filmmaker, a professor at California State University, Los Angeles, and a mother of one. “That’s not what I’m going to do. I’m probably just going to pile more work in.”

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