Also known as an intercalary or a bissextile year, the extra day you have on 29 February on a leap year gives you the opportunity to do those things you’ve been putting off for the past 4 years. Not sure how to spend it? Here are 4 things you can do with your extra 24 hours.

1. Make a list

Making a list of goals might not really be your thing, but you really can do it once every four years. Even if you’re not the type for five-year plans, take your extra day and draw up a list of four life goals for the next four years until the next Leap Day.

Make lists

Have you always wanted to put that story that’s been brewing in your head to paper? Write that down on your list – you have four years to make it happen. Where do you want to be in your career in four years? Write it down. Do you have specific financial aspirations you’d like to attain in four years’ time? Write down those numbers.

Many experts agree that writing down your goals significantly increases the chances of actually achieving them because it makes them tangible, measurable and helps you to avoid procrastinating. Anyway, you’re not losing anything by making a list, are you?

2. Spring cleaning 2.0

We all have that one drawer, cupboard or room that is always in shambles. I call mine The Messy Drawer, and it’s usually where anything that doesn’t go with anything else goes, which means that it’s also the place for things I’ll never find again, ever. Take your extra day to sort out your life, already. You’ll rediscover stuff you’ve forgotten you have.

Things to do on Leap Day

Photo from: DIY Cozy Home

If you’re in the habit of just stuffing clothes in your closet, take the day and properly sort out your clothing. Donate the things you aren’t wearing to people in need.

Has your messy bookcase been annoying you since you’ve moved into the new place and just stuffed all the books into it, regardless of genre or alphabetical order? Get it sorted.

Those boxes that are taking up almost an entire parking space in your garage? Keep the peace in your relationship and get rid of what you don’t need.

3. Take a few minutes and cook a good meal

Use the Leap Day to cook a proper meal. We all complain that there’s never time to cook a balanced meal. You now have a whole day, so set free your inner Julia Child. Stuck for choice? Why not try a minute steak – this recipe from

Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child, adapted by Julian Martin.

Things to do on leave day

4. Analyse it

Once every four years, it’s good to take a moment and look at where you are in your life. If you take your extra day to do a personality test, you’ll gain some insight into why you are making the choices you are making. Take this test now, then take it again in four years and see how you’ve developed.

Chances are, if you’ve stuck to your goals, sorted out the clutter in your life and had many days of hearty meals, by Leap Day 2020 you will have changed … for the better.

About The Author

Angie Gallagher

Angie Gallagher is a freelance writer in the Upper Karoo. Aside from writing content for Counting Coins, Angie has tried her hand at a few juvenile attempts at poetry filled with storms and stress, and a marginally successful radio station, Radio Grootoor, recorded on cassette tapes when she was ten.

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