Quick: what would you do if you were given an extra 24 hours?
Today is Leap Day, a way for our calendar to catch up and sync with the Earth’s annual rotation around the sun. Though we assign 365 days to our year, Earth actually takes a little bit longer — 365.242189 days — to make the trip, and as such, that extra bit is accounted for as an additional day every four years.
Though most of us would kill to have an extra 24 hours, I'm betting that we'd mire ourselves in all the busy work to be done, and focus on checking things off our never-ending to-do lists.
What a waste.
Especially considering Leap Day only comes around once every four years.
But what if it didn't? What if you allowed yourself a monthly Leap Day? What would you choose to do? And what would you avoid?
May I suggest that you use this special day to catch up with yourself, maybe even with a part of you that you left behind?
Here are some ideas to get you started on your own monthly Leap Day journey:
L — Listen. Love. Linger.
Who or what in your life needs to be heard? Is it a friend or family member? You? A special song? Listen with your full and undivided attention.
Reconnect with someone or something you love. Use this gift of time wisely.
You probably lead a very busy life. Amidst your daily rushing about, take the time to stop and linger. Surely those things you deem important deserve a bit of extra time and focus.
E — Educate. Experience. Engage.
Is there a topic or hobby you'd love to learn more about but haven't had the time? With an extra 24 hours, surely you can start that education.
It's time to put down that cell phone and experience life, firsthand and technology-free. Use your eyes, your ears, your senses, and your breath to take in your surroundings.
Life is about relationships, and the only way to form, foster, and nurture those relationships is to engage with others. It could be virtually through comments and discussions over social media, but it's even better person-to-person. Imagine the surprise and delight a phone call from a friend would bring, or making time for coffee or lunch? With leap day, you now have that extra time to engage.
A — Adventure. All in. Autonomy.
When was the last time you had a real adventure, whatever that means to you? Whether that's deviated from your normal morning beverage or planning a safari, make it happen. Now.
You know that project/thing/dream you've been hemming and hawing over? Why not go all in and take that leap of faith to get things started? Taking positive action always feels better than limbo.
If you're living in a world governed by rules and regulations, sometimes it's hard to see that you still have free will. Exercise your autonomy by doing something just for you, where you don't need to seek someone else's permission or approval.
P — Play. Plan. Peruse.
All work and no play can make you a very unhappy person. Do something silly with yourself, your kids, your pet; just take the time to play and be carefree.
Feeling a bit lost lately? Use these extra leap hours to plan what's next for you, personally and professionally.
Today, don't just scan that novel, peruse it. Study it in a thorough and thoughtful way. Allow yourself the luxury of getting lost in its story.
Leap Day offers you the opportunity to get back in sync with your own life. Whatever you do, don't wait four years to take advantage of it.
How are you using your Leap Day today? What would you do if you were given a Leap Day every month? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.