Today is Leap Day, the extra day we get on the calendar every four years. Fun fact: people who are born on February 29 celebrate a birthday every four years; a person born this Monday will be 20 years old in 2036 but will have had only five birthdays!

Leap Day is a practical solution to the solar system’s disparity with the Gregorian calendar: it takes exactly 365.2422 days for Earth to complete an orbit around the Sun, so a leap day is added as a means of keeping our clocks and calendars in sync with Earth and its seasons.

From a productivity standpoint, Leap Day represents one extra day to get things done. It is like going into extra time in sports. Take advantage to finish tasks that have been dragging and get them off your plate (and off your mind). Think of it as the day to do the things you intended to do for a long time but for which never found the time. Further, take this time to invest in your and others’ happiness and success.

Leap Day can be an opportunity to try something new. Take a leap and dare to do what you have dreamed about for a long time. It is life’s extra inning for the year – better said, in four years. Take prudent risks, in family, at work, in business, live life this one extra day. This is the one day that you cannot use the “I don’t have time” excuse (!!)

You have been given an extra 24 hours this year, make them count… Take a leap!




Mario Nowogrodzki, CPA.CITP, is founder and principal of Mendelson Consulting (www.mendelsonconsulting.com), an accounting technology firm that assists entities with planning, selecting and implementing business management systems. The firm was selected as Top Technologist by the Sleeter Group and Top Integrations Advisor by Insightful Accountant. Nowogrodzki is a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs Business Technology Section; a contributing author and speaker for Intuit, Accountex, and the Woodard Group. Contact him at mario@mendelsonconsulting.com or at 954-447-0250.

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