I just had a call with a Forbes writer in Beirut. She asked for time to talk before we changed our clocks in the U.S. I did get the agreed-upon time right in my calendar, but it took a few minutes to figure it out for sure. It didn’t help that I was in one time zone when I made the appointment and a different time zone entirely when I took the call.
Since moving to Austin I’ve continued to live on Eastern time (when I’m home). My work is still on the East Coast. And most frequent flyer news in the US happens on Eastern time, too, though United, American, and Hyatt are headquartered in cities that are on Central time.
Sunday’s time change complicates things, as US time changes always do, because of course portions of the United States don’t change times at all. Europe hasn’t changed times yet, but will later in the month.
- Just try doing business internationally this week.
- Airlines have to coordinate flying — not just updating departure and arrival times, but coordinating with airport landing curfews.
- Lots of very tired folks yesterday morning for my
8 a.m.9 a.m. session at Frequent Traveler University!
Am I the only one that thinks we need fewer time zones, and should change the clocks?
I’m not familiar enough to render judgment on the tradeoffs between using less light due to daylight savings time while burning more electricity for heating. And I haven’t spent time sorting through the various studies on the value of economic coordination.
I can only speak to my own life and suggest fewer time zones that do not change. Are you with me?