February 29th is a unique day, which only comes round (nearly) once every four years and is known as a Leap Year. These extra 24 hours ensure our calendar stays in line with the Earth’s movement around the sun. 🌍 Although our calendar is made up of 365 days, it actually takes the Earth approximately 365.2421 days (or 365 days, 5 hours, 48 minutes and 45 seconds to be exact!) to orbit the sun.
Whilst this difference may seem insignificant, over time missing quarter of a day can really add up. Without a leap year every four years, we would lose almost six hours from our calendar every year. After 100 years our calendar would be out by 24 days, and after 750 years, June would actually be in the middle of winter!
From reflecting on the past four years, to revisiting those new year’s resolutions, we’ve rounded up the 9 best things you could do with your extra day this leap year.
1. Reflect on your achievements 💭
A lot can happen in four years and it can be easy to forget all the things we’ve achieved. So why not spend some time reflecting on your personal highlights. Whether you’ve got a great new job, bought your dream house, or even just achieved something small, this is a great day to celebrate you!
2. Reconnect with someone you haven’t spoken to in a while 👋
Make the most of the extra day you have this year to catch up with some loved ones. Get back in touch with friends you haven’t seen in a while, visit family members, or maybe even spend some extra special time with your pets!
3. Tick something off your bucket list if you have one, make one if you don’t 📝
Take this chance to tick something off your bucket list. Whether that’s going on a hike, or starting a new book, do whatever you haven’t had the chance to do this year. If you don’t already have a bucket list, why not make one?
4. Start learning a new skill 🎸
It might only be one extra day, but we still think 24 hours is just enough time to start learning something new. Pick up an instrument, start learning a new language or try to master a new recipe. You never know when a new skill will come in handy!
5. Tackle your to-do list ✔️
Why not use the extra day to get your life admin done and dusted? Start budgeting, spring clean your finances, re-organise that overflowing kitchen spice cupboard. There’s nothing like the feeling of ticking items off your to-do list!
6. Enjoy the extra day to save and invest with Moneybox 💰
Whether you’re heading out for a Saturday night on the town, or having a quiet one and ordering in, enjoy this extra day to save and invest a little more with Moneybox by rounding up those inevitable purchases. Did you know the average Moneybox user saves £500 per year in round ups alone!
7. Revisit that forgotten new year’s resolution 🏋️
As the gyms get quieter and the pubs fill up, why not revisit any forgotten new year’s resolutions? Research showed that January 19th was officially quitter’s day, so if your resolution feels like a distant memory, you’re not alone. There’s still plenty of time to get back on track!
If you’ve still managed to stick to your resolutions, congratulations!
8. Have some me-time 💤
Late nights at work, even later nights at the pub, early morning starts…lost time over four years can add up. So why not catch up on all those lost zzz’s, relax and enjoy some me-time this leap year. This year it falls on a Saturday, so for most of us, there’s no excuse to miss out!
9. Plan ahead 👴👵
Today is a great day to think about what you want to accomplish in the coming years, including planning for your future self and sorting out your pension. According to our research, 3 in 5 people (60%) do not know how to access their old pensions, and shockingly more than 2 in 5 (40%) do not even know how much money is in their pots. We are on a mission to change this by making it easy to consolidate your old, stranded workplace pension pots into one. Why not take charge of your financial future today so your golden years can actually be golden. We can even help you track down lost pots you may not know you had! Read more about the Moneybox Personal Pension.
Did you know?
- People born on a leap year are often called ‘leaplings’ 🐸
- There is a special club for those born on a leap year called the Honor Society of Leap Year Day Babies, and more than 10,000 people worldwide are members.
Moneybox cannot accept a pension you’re currently paying into, or any old pensions that provide guaranteed benefits when you retire. We also can’t accept contributions at the moment, but we plan to add this in the near future.