We’ve all felt it. We’ve seen it on the faces of our colleagues, our families, and our business associates. The dreaded ‘spring forward’ day – where daylight savings time begins and our sanity ends (even if only temporarily). This is written on April 1, and you’re quite possibly still feeling the effects of your lost hour from several weeks ago. Defenders of the status quo will mention the increased daylight during the typical workday, the supposed reduction in energy consumption, and the historical precedence. Defenders of using horses as the primary means of transportation use the same trite arguments.
For the visionless, the answer is to get rid of daylight savings time (or, more preferably, standard time). For those who think strategically, however, there are much better solutions. What are those solutions? Well, it depends. When we help clients build a predictive model we don’t always use LightGBM, even though it is the best. Your organization shouldn’t always use Coordinated Universal Time, even though it is the best. Below, we’ll discuss some options for second-tier time coordination and considerations for selecting which one is useful for you.