This year, we get 366 days, instead of 365. It’s Leap Year! Scientifically, we’re accounting for the extra time it takes the earth to orbit the sun. You can blame (or thank?) Julius Caesar for the fact that it’s observed in February.
Thinking about the extra time leap year affords has got us wondering, “What would you do with an extra 24 hours?” We scoured the internet for insights.
Leap Year is when many couples take the next big step in their relationship, but with a traditional gender role switch.
Here’s the background: Irish women were tired of waiting too long for men to propose. On leap year, a woman is encouraged to ask a man to marry her, according to Irish tradition. It’s also interesting to note that if a man denied her proposal, he was subject to a fine (that could range from a kiss to expensive silks)!
Give the movie “Leap Year” a watch for some encouragement and inspiration, then use your extra 24 hours to lay out the perfect proposal for your sweetie.
Pay It Forward
Famous entertainers, companies and ordinary citizens of the world are planning to pay it forward with their extra 24 hours with random acts of kindness. Decide on whether you’ll formally get involved with your favorite charity, or if you’ll buy the next person in line’s coffee. Your efforts will be appreciated and hopefully continued!
Learn Something New
The Learning Explosion recommends using your extra 24 hours to learn something new. Create goals and write them down. Four areas to focus on improvement and learning might include:
What can you do in 24 hours to improve one or all four of these areas in your life? Make it count!
Improve Your Business
Whether you work for yourself or someone else, there’s always something you can do to contribute more. Russell Seagle recommends using your extra leap year 24 hours to give something more to your professional involvements. So whether you spend some extra efforts on a project, or start something completely new, give it your best shot!
Spread out the 24 Hours
Jack Kale recommends that instead of benefitting from your extra 24 hours all at once, spread them out for year long results. You could spend 2 hours each month improving a skill, or dedicating the time to a chore you’re not crazy about (but needs to get done). But don’t just think about it – write it out. Schedule the time into your calendar. Do you have any ideas for how you’d use your 24 hours throughout the year?
Sometimes, the best use of an extra 24 hours is relaxing and recharging. If you’re already giving it your all the rest of the year, take this time to dial it back.
There’s a thread on Reddit about how people are planning to spend their extra 24 hours this year. Add in your plans, or share them in the comments!