HOW TO USE YOUR EXTRA DAY

Updated: Feb 13, 2020


If you’re anything like me, your to-do list might seem like a never-ending, over-shooting inventory of things you’ll never have enough time to get done. Lucky for us, we get an extra day in 2020. That’s right, the leap year gives us an extra 24 hours to tackle that shit that we never seem to have time for any other day of the year.


Here are a few ideas, from my to-do list to yours.


1. Unsubscribe from all the spam - you’ll be amazed at how freeing it is to open your inbox and not see 9127 junk emails and sales promotions tempting you to spend money you don’t have on things you don’t need.


2. Change all your passwords (this is something we should all be doing, probably more often than we actually do).


3. Do that home project that’s been bugging you the last two years. For me, it’s painting my guest bedroom.


4. Register those products you got for Christmas. A lot of companies offer warranties and even discounts on accessories for registering your device. Do it now before you toss the receipt or packaging.


5. Clean out your purse and throw out expired gift certificates, old makeup, half-opened gum, coupons for things you’ll never use. Come up with a better system for organizing the things you do want to keep - like a folder for all those Bed Bath & Beyond coupons you will use (because, cmon, they never expire)


6. While you're at it, go through your fridge, cabinets, pantry, and makeup bag, and toss anything past its expiration date. (BTW - Who knew flour actually expires?!)


7. We're going into the third month of the year, but it's still a good time to make plans for the rest of the year. If you know you have weddings to attend out-of-town or a family reunion in your hometown, submit those PTO requests to your boss and make arrangements for someone to take care of your pets and water your plants (don't be like me last summer scrambling to find a dog kennel two weeks before a holiday weekend).


7. We're going into the third month of the year, but it's still a good time to make plans for the rest of the year. If you know you have weddings to attend out-of-town or a family reunion in your hometown, submit those PTO requests to your boss and make arrangements for someone to take care of your pets and water your plants (don't be like me last summer scrambling to find a dog kennel two weeks before a holiday weekend).


8. De-clutter. Go through that stack of mail that's been accumulating since November and that pile of clothes that don't fit/don't go with anything/you just don't like anymore in the corner of your room. Not only will accomplishing this task and getting to cross another item off your to-do list feel great, but a less cluttered space really does help improve your mental health.


If you've already taken care of all these things, then congrats girl, you are waaaay more organized and on top of things than the rest of us. Take this day to relax - you've earned it!


Happy February 29th, everyone!

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