This weekend we face the biannual chore of changing clocks, fiddly electronic ones, and maybe the delicate clock in the hall inherited from Aunt Bridget.
That resetting will add an hour of daylight at the end of our days, making the idea of self-isolation even more challenging.
There is also the notion, one gaining momentum, that a lot more than clocks are being reset at the moment.
Government measures, once derided as impossible, now pass with the wave of a hand.
The genie is truly, and permanently, out of the bottle on issues like rent controls and private hospitals.
It is impossible to predict what our world will look like or predict whether the pandemic will have been brought under control by the time the clocks go back again on October 25, but some things already seem certain, and some changes already seem irreversible.
The European Parliament recently voted to scrap the practice at an EU level, but left it to national governments to decide.
This might, at some point, lead to a time-zone difference between the North and the Republic.