How to Leave Work Early and Enjoy Your Valentine’s Day

A few tips from expert Laura Stack to help you enjoy more time with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

Hectic work schedules have probably ruined more Valentine Day celebrations than we care to think about. It is easy to schedule business dinners for February 14th without a second thought…until the day before…when it finally hits us. More so than expensive jewelry or chocolates, many people are satisfied with having the undivided attention of a loved one for the evening.

Laura Stack, Productivity Expert and author of Leave the Office Earlier, has these tips to help you create an unforgettable Valentine’s Day:

Plan before you leave work. Double-check your planner and organize activities for the next day before you leave the office on Valentine’s Day. Getting tomorrow’s tasks out of your head and on to paper will help you leave work at work, so that you can be fully present with your significant other on this important night.

Make any last-minute essential calls on the way home. Make it your goal to complete your work by the time you arrive to meet your Valentine. While you’re on your way home, finish any leftover “business” conversations. When you see your loved one in person, you will be ready to focus on the romance. If you make a call list before leaving the office, it will help ensure you don’t forget anyone.

Get a babysitter. If you have children, and your goal is to give extra attention to your loved one, this is not the evening to let the children tag along. Make it all about adult time.  Even if you are not the one who usually makes these arrangements, surprise your loved one by taking the initiative and booking a sitter yourself. This is a busy night for babysitters, so plan ahead by booking at least a week in advance.

Find something that relaxes both of you. Since Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, by the time you are finally together, you will each have dealt with the pressures of work. So find a way to relax before your special ‘date’ to decompress. Draw a nice bath for two or get a couples’ massage. That can set the stage for a perfect Valentine’s night.

Be present. Focus on your partner. If you spend the evening in, avoid the tendency to multi-task at home. Some people don’t feel productive when they’re not doing four things at once, but all of your attention should be directed to your Valentine.

Turn off the phone. One thing that is sure to ruin the mood on Valentine’s night is a ringing cell phone, especially if the caller ID shows it is a colleague, leaving you curious and distracted. Make it easy on everyone and turn the phone off for the whole night. Your Valentine will love you for it.




  1. Great post Laura! I completely agree with you in regards to ‘turning off your phone’ for the whole night. I don’t know about you.. but 90% of the time I go to restaurants/cafes I always see couples with their eyes glued to their own mobile phones instead of spending ‘quality time’ together 🙂

    Hope you have a great valentine’s day!

  2. I’m glad I found this today. Phones turned off is a must. I think people have lost a sense of the moment, whether at work or in their personal lives. So often, I’m out and I see people absorbed in their cell phones. Is it really necessary? Can’t we ever be isolated?

  3. Hung Le and Cassandra, even worse is they are probably emailing or texting EACH OTHER! 🙂 Ha! Perhaps people are no longer comfortable just looking into their loved ones eyes or talking. Personally, my husband is much more interesting than anyone who might be emailing me while I’m having a romantic dinner!