There are never enough days in the week to get everything accomplished, but thanks to Julius Caesar next week we’ll have a little extra time on our hands.

In 46 B.C., Caesar revised the existing Roman calendar. On the advice of his Super PAC, he named the month of July after himself. Then he added an extra 24 hours to the calendar every four years when elections rolled around, fulfilling his campaign slogan “Change you can circle on your Julian calendar, which, by the way, also is named after me.”

The February adjustment was a necessity, because the Earth circles the sun in 365 days, five hours, 48 minutes and 46 seconds, but the ancient Roman year only had 355 days. When it became apparent the seasons were out of whack—leaves falling in April and snow piling up in July—calendar gurus threw in an extra 22-day month every other year to make up the difference. However, when Caesar took over he had a better idea. He eliminated the biennial short month and added 10 days to each year, plus a “leap” day once every four years. Even so, the Julian calendar was off by three days every 4,000 years. Talk about having time on your hands!

The challenge remains how to best use the extra 24-hours “leap” day offers. It seems a shame to waste it on mundane household chores, such as cleaning, laundry and cooking.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII abolished the Julian calendar and created the Gregorian calendar. He kept leap year with the caveat that a leap day was allowed in a year divisible by four, but not divisible by 100, except when the year is divisible by 400—Huh? Even so, the calendar is off by 26 seconds. On the other hand, Julian and Gregorian calendar issues pale in comparison to the controversial Mayan calendar, which, if one is to believe predictions, forecasts 2012 as the year of the apocalypse. So what’s a few seconds here or there? Happy Leap Day.