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Have you forgotten…? Leap Year tips and tricks

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It’s these three words that strike fear and panic in the soul of your average office worker, and they have the same effect on me, causing my heart to race and sweat to bead on my upper lip and forehead.

What? What had I forgotten? I racked my brain, but nothing jumped or even stumbled into view. An appointment, a teleconference, a deadline? No, none of those were possible, as they would have pinged up regular reminders during the last couple of days. I checked my calendar even so. No, nothing there. Ok, so maybe I hadn’t forgotten anything important after all. Oh, but wait a minute, did I finish those VAT returns, complete that user licence registration and order new toner for the photocopier? Check, check and check. Nobody’s birthday, too early for Mothering Sunday, and I picked up the dry-cleaning yesterday. I gave up.

Happy Leap Year Day

The forgotten fact, for fact it turned out to be, was that this was a leap year. So, what did that signify exactly, apart from the undisputable extra day which, instead of lurching us headlong from 28 February to 1 March, means that in 2016 we have a chance to linger a day longer in the littlest month.

Most of us would relish an extra 24 hours in our week (just imagine what more you could accomplish), but the reality of that extra day doesn’t really amount to very much at all. In fact, I suspect that if you are anything like me, this leap year day won’t be much different to any other – the usual round of meetings, a few support calls, some client billing and a bit of routine administration. But it needn’t be like that.

After I was reminded that we all had an extra day coming up, it got me to thinking about this year, and I wondered, why not do things slightly differently? After all it doesn’t happen very often so why not mark the occasion somehow. What you choose to do can be entirely up to you – something silly, something brave or even something exciting. As for me, I’ve decided to set aside Leap Year day to finally do some of those jobs around the office that aren’t especially urgent and which always get left ‘for another day’. Monday will finally be the day when I get round to them. At least that’s the plan.

I’ll let you know how I do.

Incidentally, if you fancy giving this Leap Year day challenge a go too, I’d love to hear from you. Drop me a line at with details of what you intend to do and, more especially, how you got on.


Some things that get left for another day when dealing with CRM:

  • Check the database for duplicates (In Act!: click Tools, then choose Scan for Duplicate)
  • Clean out old data (Tools – Database Maintenance – Remove Old Data)
  • Database Repair (Tools – Database Maintenance – Check and Repair)
  • Database Backup (File – Backup – Database)

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