I always find it funny when people ask me about my New Year’s Resolutions. Of course, I plan ahead and have some answers at the ready so I don’t look like a slacker. But the truth is the holidays are so busy with end-of year assignments, meeting with clients, shopping for gifts, and trying to reunite with family and friends that I have no time to think about resolutions. However, now that the rush is over and things have settled into my normal chaos, I remembered this is a Leap Year and I have Leap Day to look forward to. A whole extra day!
Since I’ve been running my business for eight years, there was obviously another Leap Day in my entrepreneurial past, but I don’t think I appreciated the extra day like I plan to do this time. Time is so precious these days (as I’m sure you understand), and I don’t want to waste these extra moments.
Here are some ideas for how you and I can spend our Leap Day:
- Deal with paperwork. I hate packrats but I’m usually so busy that paper just accumulates. Use part of Leap Day to get a grip on the piles of paper crowding your desk. Better yet, finally make good on that vow to go green by scanning documents and storing them in the cloud instead of in a file cabinet.
- Get outside. If you’re like me, you tend to hunker down with your work and not look up very often – especially in the winter when the weather can get ugly (depending on where you live). But being a hermit isn’t good for anyone’s health, so I will “leap” outside, whether that means taking a brisk walk or meeting a friend for lunch.
- Follow up. Everyone needs to follow up on something in life. Whether it’s following up on an insurance claim, following up with a potential client you met on a business trip, or following up on the results of your last marketing campaign, I bet you have some follow-up you’re putting off. Do it now, and I promise you’ll feel better.
- Get to the end of the to-do list. I don’t know about your time management methods, but I usually start my day with the most pressing things I need to do, and then work my way down the list based on priorities. By the end of the night, the last things on the list get moved to the next day – and so it goes. The best Leap Day idea may be to turn my list upside down and take care of the last things first so I can finally get them off my plate (or, if they’re not worth my doing, delegate them to someone else).
How will you use your Leap Day?
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