Valentine’s Day After

(Best of Celebrating Your Journey – March 10, 2017)

To all my readers: With 2019, the 14th year of my Celebrating Your Journey blog articles, “From the Heart” byline, I will be offering the “Best of the Best” articles you found helpful through the years. Many thanks to everyone who have given input and followed along w/ each month’s lifeskill—Relationships/Core Values, Time Mgt, Career/Money Mgt, Recordkeeping, Possessions, Housekeeping, Wellness, Meals, Childcare, Recreation/ Entertainment, Reflection, and Celebration. For my new readers, may these lifeskill articles offer you encouragement, insight, and commitment to seek, reach, and achieve your life dreams and goals in synergy.

So, how was your Valentine’s Day? Hope you took the time to treat someone to a special night. I sure hope you weren’t one of the many who consider this holiday a waste of time and money. Loads of money may be spent but not much love felt all around for many.

Here’s what Kit Yarrow, Time/Business & Money (Feb 11, 2013), found out about our attitudes toward setting aside time for this holiday. “The annual Valentine’s Day spending survey from the National Retail Federation (NRF) reveals that 60% of Americans — and 91% of those in relationships — plan to celebrate the holiday to the tune of $18.6 billion.

Holiday or Ho-Hum Day?

The folks playing along will spend an average of $131 on gifts for spouses, significant others, friends, children, parents, classmates, teachers, pets and co-workers. Average spending is expected to be up around $4 compared with Valentine’s Day last year. And yet, most of the dozens of consumers I’ve interviewed about Valentine’s Day were tepid, at best, when asked about their feelings for the holiday.” Yarrow found out that very few considered this day a particularly romantic event. Others would tell someone they loved them all the time and didn’t need a holiday to say so; and some felt forced to participate, as an obligation.

What does Valentine’s Day mean to you?

So, where do you stand on taking the time to celebrate and demonstrate your love and appreciation for someone? If there were any tips, tools, and techniques to offer in managing your time, this one would hopefully be at the top of your list. Isn’t life all about relationships and taking the time to nurture those relationships?
When finding just the right tools and techniques for time management, we all need to keep our core values and relationships center stage. Here are a few key tips and tools to get you started. The first thing to make this a little easier on you is to free up some time before you tackle managing your very full daily schedule.

Look at your calendar. Is there anything on it that you can shift, delegate, or say goodbye to? Give yourself a few days to think about this. For most of us, everything on our calendar seems to scream, “I am essential. Don’t cross me out!” With a little reflection over a few days you may feel otherwise and find it easier to make that shift, delegate or drop it.

Once you have that time slot free, what is the first thing you think about doing with that time? Sleep!? Chill out!? Pay bill!? Go on a hike!? Do absolutely nothing!? Now, doesn’t it just feel great to have some free time?! Relish every moment while you can. Sooner more than later, something is bound to show up and fill that time without any planning at all. So, watch out for those sneaky time suckers. Decide pretty soon what you do or do not want to do with that precious time slot. A few more tips, tools, and techniques coming with the next article. Stay tuned.