Andrew Ayers - February 2020



One More Day How Do You Make Leap Day Worthwhile?

This month, we’re observing leap day, the “holiday” that reminds us that the way we track time is so inaccurate that we have to put an extra day in the calendar to make up the difference. As a result, some people only get to celebrate their birthday once every four years, or so I hear. I don’t personally know anyone who was born on Feb. 29 — though my brother was born late on Feb. 28, 1980. He came out just in time to avoid being a leap year baby. Most years, the “extra day” that is leap day is overlooked, falling on any other day of the work week. But this year, leap day is on a Saturday, which offers the opportunity to really take advantage of the extra 24 hours. My ideal leap day starts with taking a little time for myself. It would be nice to play tennis and read whatever book I’ll be reading at the time — some me time. Of course, since it’s a Saturday this year, we’ll have some kids’ activities on the schedule. With three kids, Saturday mornings are always filled with some kind of sport. That evening, once things are settled down, I’d love to have a date night with my wife. We have a favorite Italian place around the corner that we like to stick our heads into when we can. It’s this little hole in the wall with 10 tables and no cell service where we can chat with the waiter and enjoy a great meal. It’s the perfect place to take advantage of an extra day. My leap day plans are pretty low-key, which is by design. When I think about what to do with an extra 24 hours, I start thinking of ways to enjoy some much-needed downtime. Unfortunately, downtime isn’t something we get a lot of these days with our phones and

spend that extra day at work. They talk about wishing they spend more time with their kids, with their spouse, or doing something for themselves. Leap day, with its extra 24 hours, gives us a little more time to do just that. Remember, when we’re 90, we won’t look back and think, “Wow, I wish I’d gone to work on leap day 2020.” To be honest, you might not remember this leap day at all. But if you take this extra day to spend with your family and yourself, there’s a chance you’ll have a few more good memories that you will remember when all is said and done.

gadgets. Even if we aren’t physically working, instead of letting ourselves really unwind, too many of us are scrolling through emails or social media posts. This kind of digital chatter keeps our minds from ever taking a break. No wonder so many people are stressed and tired all the time! Having an extra day of downtime would help everybody. I imagine many of my clients with retail businesses will appreciate the extra shopping day, but I would encourage everyone to make this leap day one of downtime, if possible. Sleep in and make breakfast, play a board game with your kids, or pick up a good book. I’m too young to be a wise sage, but I’ve read enough anecdotes to know that people on their deathbeds rarely say they wish they’d

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