Today Is Leap Day: How Will You Use (or Waste) the Extra Time?

By Laurie Ruettimann

This year, we have a gift.

There is an extra day on the calendar to waste on boring meetings, stupid arguments with coworkers, and intellectually vapid conversations.

This year, I will waste the day by prepping for webinars and speaking gigs. I will have a few calls with my coworkers. I will scoop cat litter and watch TV.

That’s life, right? I don’t need an extra day in February.

I need an extra day in June when the weather is perfect and my garden needs some work. I need an extra day in August when I’m on vacation and time is running out. And I need an extra day in October when the weather is just right and it’s time to pick some apples.

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Leap year is always so disappointing. An extra day in February – especially one that falls on a Wednesday — really sucks.

How will you waste today?

This originally appeared on Laurie Ruettimann’s blog, The Cynical Girl.


Laurie Ruettimann (LFR) is a former Human Resources leader turned influential speaker, writer and strategist. She owns a human resources consultancy that offers a wide array of HR services to human resources leaders and executives. Check out her LinkedIn profile here. You may know Ruettimann as the creator of The Cynical Girl and Punk Rock HR (retired), which Forbes named as a top 100 website for women. You may have also read her book, I AM HR: 5 Strategic Ways to Break Stereotypes and Reclaim HR. (RepCap Press, 2014.) 


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