24 Hours of  S P A C E

(otherwise known as Leap Year)

Don’t you just love quirks like Leap Year?  Every four years we make up for the fact that a solar year is 6 hours longer than 365 days.  The coolest trivia I discovered is that 3 siblings in one family were born in consecutive Leap Years.  That is, Heidi, Olav, and Leif-Martin Henriksen of Norway were born February 29 in 1960, 1964, and 1968.  How crazy is that?!

Why should you care about Leap Year?

Much like the end of Daylight Savings Time in the fall, when we soak up an extra hour of sleep…and still feel like we’re ahead of schedule that Sunday…Leap Day is 24 hours of  s p a c e.

This year February 29th falls on a Friday, so for most of us it will be business as usual.  So how can we capture the idea of extra time-“free time” if you will-when Leap Day masquerades as an ordinary day?

  • Consider something about that Friday as special and unique.  Don’t feel obligated to your usual end-of-workweek routines, and instead carve out some  s p a c e  for what you need.
  • What would you do with an extra hour in the day?  One of my favorite ideas is that “the best hour of the day is the hour before you wake up.”  Even in a sleep-deprived society, rising early creates  s p a c e  to pursue something.
  • What would you do if weekends, vacations, and holidays were a bigger part of your life?  Before you read on, consider this: time you invest in yourself creates a more efficient and happy day-to-day life.

 “I’ve always liked that time before dawn because there’s no one around to remind me who I’m supposed to be so it’s easier to remember who I am.”

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Thanks for reading!