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4 Tips To Make Your Valentine’s Day Memorable

4 Tips To Make Your Valentine’s Day Memorable

Valentine’s Day![1] It comes only once a year and gives you the opportunity to express what you feel to your loved one in a special way. Everyone wants to be loved and be loved back in return: the feeling that someone cares about you and would be willing to go to any extent to prove their love to you is breathtaking.[2] Of course, this doesn’t mean you should be cold to your partner and only express love to them on Valentine’s Day. No! You should love each other consistently, but on Valentine’s Day, this is a day to celebrate that love and make the day special and memorable for the both of you.

The following are ways to make your valentine’s day memorable. #4 might actually surprise you:

1. Have a Plan

“Failure to plan is planning to fail.” Just as how you plan for your life, you should also put in similar efforts in planning for Valentine’s Day. In fact, if you don’t make plans early enough you might end up being locked out.[3] Since there are many love birds out there who share a similar goal, get ahead and make plans early—if possible together.[4]

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So, what kind of plans should you make? Nothing can be more breathtaking to your partner than taking them back to where it started. Yes! On Valentine’s Day, you can decide to visit the place where you bumped into each other, that fateful restaurant where you two first met. So, go back to where it first began.

Make plans on the places you wish to visit: if your spouse loves massages, book a massage session. While making these plans, it is important to take into consideration the things that your partner likes. If he/she likes to go to a park, then make his/her day special by making arrangements in advance to the park to visit.

2. Special Gifts

I have to agree, choosing a gift for someone special might be quite a hectic task. Will he/she like it? Isn’t the gift too obvious? There will be a lot of questions running through your mind as your try and figure out the gift to surprise your significant other with.

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Whether you decide to choose jewelry, clothes… you need to make it special. For instance, if you decide to surprise your partner with jewelry, you can make it special by customizing a message on the jewelry. What could be better than surprising your partner with an engagement ring on Valentine’s Day with a custom message “I will be yours forever.” The gifts you buy your partner on Valentine’s Days should be special and different from the ones you buy him/her on a day-to-day basis.

You don’t want to buy her the usual love card with an obvious message, do you? On the contrary, you can actually customize a romantic card and write in it a romantic message that is deep from your heart. This will make your significant other feel that your love for him/her is genuine.

Again, don’t just buy some chocolate. How about you order a chocolate in the shape of the love symbol with a breathtaking message written on it? The goal is to make Valentine’s Day special and different from what you two do on the other days.

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3. Give Yourself

Everyone can buy expensive gifts with custom messages; your partner will appreciate your presence more. Try to connect with each other,[5] smile, laugh and cuddle. Let your actions communicate louder.

Try and get physical. I got your attention, right? The kind of physical I am talking about is go for walks in a park, take a 10-minute jog or even a pillow fight. Engage in anything physical that will make the day memorable and bring joy to both of you.

4. Set The Mood

The last thing you would want is to have an argument on Valentine’s Day. This is not the day to review all the wrongs you have done to each other; this is a special day for you and your partner to celebrate the love you feel for each other. The setting of the place needs to be romantic. You can have candles, flowers and a playlist of the songs you and your significant other likes.

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You can also try watching the sunset together or even lying on the grass and count the stars as you cuddle. Try as much as possible to set a joyful and cheerful mood, let the tears shed on valentine’s day be the tears of joy and not of sorrow.

Conclusion

Since Valentine’s Day is a special day to celebrate love, it is important to ensure that the activities of the day make both you and your significant other happy. The goal is to make the day memorable!

Featured photo credit: Anneliese Phillips via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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