Today is a Leap Day! I have been thinking about how to make best use of this day that comes but once every four years.
In one sense, I have been wondering whether it is really an extra day? After all, a day is a day. The sun rises and the sun falls, every day. Every day is 24 hours or so in duration, and all kinds of stuff happens.
Wikipedia tells us the purpose of a Leap Day:
Although most modern calendar years have 365 days, a complete revolution around the Sun (one solar year) takes approximately 365 days and 6 hours. An extra 24 hours thus accumulates every four years, requiring that an extra calendar day be added to align the calendar with the Sun’s apparent position. Without the added day, in future years the seasons would occur later in the calendar, eventually leading to confusion about when to undertake activities dependent on weather, ecology, or hours of daylight.
I’ve interpreted this explanation to mean that the purpose of a Leap Day is to sort stuff out, get things in order, aligned, so that you know where you are while minimising any pesky confusing muddles.
I feel incredibly inspired by the weekend’s Blognix Retreat. The conference included sessions on goal setting, launching digital product, creative content, time management, and self-care.
I am so inspired and full of ideas I think I may burst if I don’t start to get planning how to make them a reality.
What does that mean for me?
As a creative person, planning has long seemed anathema to me. I thought planning was boring, something that would stifle my creativity, so to be avoided at all costs.
In the last year I have changed my perspective on that, big time. Thanks to my love of pretty stationery I discovered the Happy Planner, which I now consider to be indispensable.
Through my Happy Planner, I have discovered that planning needn’t be boring. Indeed, it can even be fun! It’s fun especially if you have loads of washi tape, stickers, and coloured pens. In essence, it’s fun to embrace your inner child.
I have discovered bullet journalling, too. A more detailed post about bullet journalling will follow at some point, but here is a sneak peek of how I use mine:
My contents page:
My daily reminders:
A photo posted by Leigh – Headspace Perspective (@leighakendall) on
So, I am going to spend my Leap Day honing those ideas, thinking about my goals, how to align them with each other, and what I need to do to achieve them.
To that end:
- I’ve already resisted the temptation to lie in, and have instead got up and got on with some admin stuff;
- I’m off to the gym shortly to do a class. I can’t decide whether to spin or do body combat. Maybe I’ll decide when I get there;
- Write down all my ideas – firstly as a brain dump, then try to sift through them to figure out where to start;
- Start planning and scheduling activities relating to where on earth I start with the ideas;
- Tidy my office, because it looks like a bomb has hit it. I’m not a tidy person, but it is feeling a little chaotic at the moment which is not conducive to productivity;
- Read my book, because I will probably need a bit of a rest after all of the above!
Phew! I can’t tell you how good it feels to be full of energy and excitement, especially after the despair (no exaggeration) of the previous week.
All of this activity will also help me blossom, which is my word for 2016.
Blossom, flourish, realise my true potential.
Wish me luck!
What are your plans to make the most of Leap Day?