Zero Tasking Day

If you look around it seems as if every day is a holiday of some sort, “officially” or not. From Secretary’s Day to Vanilla Cupcake Day, there is something for everyone. Today I found out about what right now I am considering the greatest of unofficial holidays, Zero Tasking Day.

The first Sunday of November is not only the end of Daylight Saving Time here in the US of A, it is also Zero Tasking Day. On this day of days, one is supposed to take some time and relax, focus on themselves. The end of DST means that we all get an extra hour, which I usually use for sleep. Coming out of midterms though, I think that the timing of Zero Tasking Day is perfect.

With all the stress that midterms inspire in the collegiate minded, maybe especially in such a fast paced environment as Drexel, an excuse to take that extra hour gifted by the end of Daylight Saving Time to unwind sounds perfect to me. Maybe you could go for a hike along the Schuykill River, visit the Philadelphia Zoo, or even just curl up in a blanket with a cup of tea or cocoa and a good book that isn’t on an assigned reading list. If the weather allows, I intend to take my sorely neglected kids (I am so informed by them) out into the woods near my home, maybe taking some photos while we enjoy the quiet around us. Just unplugging for an hour or so and enjoying eachother’s company. If the weather does not agree with my plans, maybe I’ll go the other way and just curl up with my family and watch one of the many movies that have come out while we have not had the time to catch them.

While I can think of many ways to spend this November 5th, even just an hour or so of it, I want to hear from you. What would you like to do for Zero Tasking Day? How will you relax from the pressures of midterms, work, and life in general? Will you spend it outside in nature, or will you be shut away from the increasingly (finally!) chilly weather?

Daniel Holl
Daniel is a non-traditional student who splits his time between campus and his home in Swarthmore with his wife and children. When he somehow manages to get caught up on his school work, Daniel likes to relax with a fantasy novel or take his dog Mac for a run in the woods.

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