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Putting the Extra Day to Good Use

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FrogOver the weekend, I spent a little bit of time reading about why exactly we have this extra day every four years.  I remembered learning in school that it is to do with the earth’s rotation around the moon, but when and how did it get introduced?

Why do we need leap year?

According to the Internet, the Gregorian calendar, is made up of common years (365 days) and leap years (366, which extends February to 29 days).  A leap year occurs every four years to help synchronize the calendar year with the solar year, or the length of time it takes the earth to complete its orbit about the sun, which is about 365¼ days.  However, what I did not know was that this overstates the case by 11 minutes.  To compensate for this discrepancy, the leap year is omitted three times every four hundred years.  So, a century year cannot be a leap year unless it is divisible by 400. Thus 1700, 1800, and 1900 were not leap years, but 1600, 2000, and 2400 are leap years.

[Source: http://www.infoplease.com/spot/leapyear1.html]

This is a much better approach than what was happening pre-Julius Caesar.  Until his time, people observed a 355-day calendar, with an extra 22-day month every two years.  Can you imagine the head ache that would bring?

[Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-17203353]

These articles then led on to read about women being allowed to propose – believed to be introduced by St. Bridget in the 5th Century.  Apparently she complained to St. Patrick that women had to wait too long for their suitors to propose.  Personally I’m just waiting too long for the suitor, but good on St. Bridget for chasing equality so early on.

Apart from the odd brave woman going down on bended knee, not much else happens on this day, which seems a waste of an extra day in the year.  There have been campaigns to make it a public holiday, but these failed to get supported.

So what are you going to do with this extra day?  You could start at the bottom of your to do list and tackle the items you’ve been putting off for the past couple of weeks.  Today could be the day you get around to cleaning out your database.  I know, probably not the ideal way to spend this extra day, but it could be worth it!

You could write a detailed cleaning plan, using the idea of ‘find it, fix it, prevent it reoccurring’ [LINK TO OLD BLOG PIECE – http://datalytics.ie/three-elements-improved-data-quality/] or simply take some time out today to scroll through the records of the clients you are in touch with most often to make sure all of their details are up to date on your system.  Either way, you are bound to find a lead or two that’s over-due a follow up call, you never know, you just might close one more piece of business.

Whatever you decide to do today, we hope it’s super productive!  If you’d like to chat through your approach to cleaning your data please be sure to give us a call, marigolds at the ready!

29 February, 2016 by Tara Grehan

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