Every four years we are gifted with the one thing we all need most, time. Time really is our most precious resource, and this year we are gifted with an extra 24 hours, a whole extra day’s worth of time.
This is an incredible opportunity to do the things that you have always wanted to do but never seem to have the time for. Even better, this year Leap Day lands on a Saturday, which means we don’t have to spend that extra time at work!
So that begs the question, what will we do with this rare gift of time?
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Many of us get so caught up in our daily routines we tend to neglect ourselves. So why not spend this extra day doing something you’ve been wanting to do. Break out of your rut and go for a road trip. Visit a place you’ve never been before or go exploring on a hike. Do something daring and try zip lining. Take a fun one-day class just for kicks. Learn to sing, dance, draw, paint, or play an instrument. The sky’s the limit!
SPEND TIME TOGETHER
Time spent together with the ones you love is never time wasted. Reconnect with an old friend or visit that family member you don’t see nearly as often as you would like. You could even make it a party. Just do a quick search online for Leap Day party ideas and you’ll find plenty of inspiration to get your friends and family together for a good time. Maybe even get together and watch the movie Leap Year just for fun.
READ A BOOK
How many of us have told ourselves we would like to read more? I’d wager most of us. Why not take this extra time to read that book you’ve always wanted. For a few ideas, here are a few books that can be read in a day.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Hate That Cat by Sharon Creech
How Full Is Your Bucket? by Tom Rath
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Sphere by Michael Crichton
Speed Reading: How to Double (or Triple) Your Reading Speed in Just 1 Hour! by Inspire3 Publishing
As a bonus, many of the books above can be had for free via Amazon Prime, Kindle Unlimited, or borrowed from your local library. If you prefer to have a physical copy, thriftbooks.com is a great place to find inexpensive used books.
LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE
You may not be able to become fluent in another language in 24 hours, but you certainly can learn to introduce yourself. Learning just a few phrases can help you connect with a larger community of people. For instance, you could learn how to introduce yourself and have a brief conversation in sign language in just a few minutes with this video here.
If sign language doesn’t interest you, why not learn how to introduce yourself in Spanish, French, or German. Duolingo or Rosettta Stone are great apps to help you get started with learning another language. Its’ a big world out there, but by learning a few phrases we can help make it a more connected one.
CREATE A FOUR YEAR PLAN
Why let January 1st be the only day we set goals and aim to achieve great things in the future. It will be another 4 years until the next leap day, so ask yourself, where would you like to be in four years. What kind of person do you want to be and what kind of things would you like to have accomplish.
Taking the time to sit down and plan for your future is time well spent. You can even get yourself a 4-year planner to help you map out your goals. After all, it has been said that, “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Therefore, if you’d like your wishes to come true, make a plan.
ENJOY THE GIFT OF TIME
These are just five ideas on how you could spend your time this year on Leap Day, however, whatever you decide to do on February 29th, make sure you enjoy this precious and rare gift of time.
What do you plan on doing with your extra day this year? Let me know in the comments below!
For more fun ideas for how to spend your extra day this year, check out #Gr8Blogs for a little extra inspiration.
Cat Michaels – Five Easy Things You Can DO with Your Extra 24 Hours on Leap Day
Rosie Russell – We’re Leaping and Hopping for Leap Year 2020
Jim Milson – Happy Leap Year Day! What Will You Do With Your Extra Time?
Rebecca Lyndsey – Very Superstitious …
Carmela Dutra – How to Take a Leap on Leap Day
Sandra Bennett – What Will You Do With an Extra Day?
Auden Johnson – How Will You Spend Your Extra Day This Leap Year?
Julie Schooler – 3 Easy Ways to Make February 29th Your Best Leap Day Ever