Friday, February 29, 2008

What Are You Doing With Your Extra Day?

Corkscrew courtesy of rawlings

What are you doing with your extra day? As many of you are probably now aware today is “leap day” No, this is “Quantum Leap Appreciation Day” (although that isn’t such a bad idea), but February 29th occurs only once every 4 years. It is, in effect, an extra day. So it is like that bonus that you might have seen at work, and a chance to do something out of ordinary.

Leap Day is an attempt to keep our calendars in synch with the earth’s rotation around the sun. Because it takes 365 days and 6 hours for one complete revolution around the sun, those 6 hours add up to one day every four years. I always remember that a leap year coincides with a U.S. Presidential Election year and the Summer Olympics. In normal years you can look at a day on the calendar falling on such and such day of the week (say February 28th, falling on Thursday) and assume that it will fall on the next day of the week the following year, but with “leap day” it will now fall one day later (on Saturday instead of Friday, in this example).

How many times have you said to yourself that there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Well, guess what, here is a whole extra day! While every day or our life should be considered a gift and we should try to make the most of them all, but this is a bonus. You might be saying to yourself, “great this is a workday, why couldn’t it have been a weekend day?” Ok, maybe there are some things that you’ve wanted to do at work. Even if you factor your work out of the equation, you still have the remainder of the day. That should give you at least a few “extra” hours to utilize. Maybe you can do something with your “Someday/maybe” projects, work on some of those “todo” items that you’ve been neglecting. Why not do something to help celebrate this extra day, something memorable?

So enjoy your “leap day”! I’m curious to hear what interesting and creative things people do today. If you have any comments, I’d love to see them.

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