If you’re like me, then you probably realized sometime in January (while you were looking through your calendar to book a meeting or a business trip) that it’s a leap year. And then, like me, you probably didn’t think about it again. Leap year only happens every four years. Instead of going about our business like any other day, why not treat Leap Day a little more special? Here are a few ideas:
Whether you’re a one-woman/man shop or a small business with a handful of employees, I guarantee that a nonprofit will be THRILLED by the prospect of having extra hands around for a few hours. Treat your team to a fun lunch or happy hour after your volunteer session to say thank you and enjoy some additional team building.
Tackle a project that you’ve been putting off.
You know that tough, time-intensive project that you keep putting off? Use February 29th to knock it out. Turn off your phone, shut down your email, and focus. Even if you get a little behind on your regular work, the satisfaction you’ll get from completing the one big task you keep avoiding will more than make up for it.
Set (or revisit) your 2016 goals.
If you haven’t set goals for your business for 2016, Leap Day is a great day to do it. A couple of months into the year, you’re (presumably) caught up on everything that was waiting for you after the holidays and also have a sense of the direction in which your business is moving. Take advantage of your vantage point and get specific about what you want to accomplish during the next 10 months.
Start new habits.
There are a few things that I wish I could get into the habit of doing—sending a handwritten note after a business meeting or lunch is just one of them. Make a list of 5 such things and then make a point to do them on Leap Day.
Take the day off.
Leap Day falls on a Monday this year, so why not just take the day off and revel in the bliss of a three-day weekend?
What are you planning to do with your extra day this year? Feel free to share in the comments below.