How I Am Going to Make The Most of Leap Day

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?

Planning!

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.

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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:

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?

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16 Comments on How I Am Going to Make The Most of Leap Day

  1. Cindy Hoffman
    March 3, 2016 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

    Lweigh,
    your ideas on spending the extra day sounds super cool. Frankly I didn’t have any special or plans beyond what I normally do but you have inspired me to try and done something. since I didn’t do anything on 29th, I will presume that my day is still untouched LOL
    anyways, thanks for the nice share.

    Cindy

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    • Leigh
      March 4, 2016 at 2:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Yay! Technically we still have an ‘extra’ day, so why not decide when you want to use yours? Thanks for your comment, Cindy xx

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  2. Michelle Reeves (The Joy Chaser)
    March 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Leigh I LOVE this post! The energy and positivity are pouring off the page – go you!! Our journaling and planning always makes me want to reach for the pretty pens. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a leap day ā˜ŗ Thanks for linking up this happy post at #sharethejoy
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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:31 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks lovely! xxx

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  3. Maddy@writingbubble
    March 1, 2016 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Sounds like a great use for an ‘extra day’! Hope it went as well as you planned? I had a pretty productive today yesterday too – I wrote three blogposts (which is masses for me!) had a conference call, finished my Britimums roundup (you’re in it – will let you know when it’s published) and called my brother which I’ve been meaning to do for ages! #sharethejoy

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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:32 am (2 years ago)

      It did thanks Maddy, very productive! Ooh delighted to be in the round-up again thanks lovely! Looking forward to reading it xxx

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  4. Morgan Prince
    March 1, 2016 at 10:38 am (2 years ago)

    Leap Day passed by in a haze of work and parenting for me! I love your word though, blossom – it’s great. It makes me think of flowers, inspiration, nature. Although I don’t know you very well Leigh, I think it sums you up too. It’s definitely the impression I get of you on social media (I hope you don’t mind me saying that!). Good luck with blossoming in 2016!!

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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

      That’s so kind lovely Morgan thank you! xxx

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  5. Robyn
    March 1, 2016 at 9:03 am (2 years ago)

    Well done on using your extra day wisely and laying down stepping stones for the days and weeks ahead! I was also thinking it seemed a shame to use the gift of an extra day doing ordinary Monday things, I thought it might be fun to start a personal leap day tradition, but I didn’t get around to doing anything out of the ordinary this year – maybe 2020 šŸ˜‰ !

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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:33 am (2 years ago)

      Ah doing normal Monday things is good too! Here’s to 2020…xxx

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  6. Liz
    February 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow Leigh, what a full and positive day you’ve had. I hope you remembered to read and rest too. I’m going to read your older posts because I live your style of writing and your creative doodles, writing and ideas. Sending you lots of love xxx

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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you lovely Liz, pleased to report I made time for reading amongst all the productivity xxx

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  7. Regina L. L. Wells
    February 29, 2016 at 3:57 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds like a hugely productive way to use Leap Day…love it! I have largely the same plan…to plan (and take care of admin stuff). LOL!
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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

      Hope it went well! Thanks for commenting xxx

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  8. Coombe Mill - Fiona
    February 29, 2016 at 10:41 am (2 years ago)

    Hope your leap day is going to plan #SharetheJoy

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    • Leigh
      March 2, 2016 at 11:34 am (2 years ago)

      It did, thank you! xxx

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