It’s 29 February and you know what that means.
Happy Leap Day!
Let’s skip straight past the explanation of why Leap Day happens (the extra day is added so that the Gregorian calendar year syncs up with the seasonal year) and start enjoying this wonderful, extra day.
We’ve come up with a few suggestions for spending today doing something new. All you need is your smartphone and a ‘can-do’ attitude.
Why not use your extra day to start a journey of self-improvement? Sign-up to an online learning course, spend the day getting right into it, and then promise yourself that you’ll stick at it.
If you think you’d be up for this, it could be worth checking out Udemy (free to download on iOS and Android), one of the best online learning apps around. It’s got everything from learning new languages to cake decorating, and every course is on demand – so you can access it anytime, anywhere. Most courses have a cost attached, but there are lots of free ones to try out.
Fancy spending the day helping someone? We’ve got some great suggestions for ‘charity and giving apps’ here.
Or if you’re in the mood for sharing some knowledge, get into Quora (free on iOS and Android).
Quora is our favourite question and answer app. Ask it any question you want and the chances are that someone, somewhere will give you an incredibly detailed answer. And it works the other way round too – you can see what other people are asking and weigh in with your own advice. So if you want to get involved in big questions like “Who would win in a fight between a tiger and a giant squid?” start downloading Quora now.
If you’ve got a day to spare, it’s always a good chance to get into a game. We mean really get into one. When you go to bed tonight and close your eyes, you should be seeing the game in your sleep. That’s always a good sign.
There are some stunningly simple games to enjoy on your smartphone (like the incredibly playable Downwell) but there are some great in-depth options too. You can easily spend hours on Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes, training your fighters to do battle with the other side.
Or if you’d prefer to simply create a vast underground bunker to protect inhabitants from a post-apocalyptic world, go for Fallout Shelter (free on iOS and Android). Don’t have nuclear nightmares, though.
A whole day with nothing to do? For many of us televisual aficionados, that’s a day with ‘binge-watching’ written all over it.
If it sounds like your kind of thing, then check out our ‘how to binge-watch’ article, fire up Netflix (other viewing apps are available), and go for it.
The choice of what to watch is entirely yours, of course, but if you want to challenge yourself, go for a 24 marathon. That’s an entire season of Jack Bauer’s increasingly implausible escapades in one single day. It can be done. Just.
Over to you. How will you be spending your Leap Day? If you get paid monthly, are you upset that you're working an extra day without getting paid for it? Drop us a comment below.