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A lot of money, thoughtfulness and energy are expended in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. In actuality, the greatest effort should be expended on the days after Valentine’s Day. No, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day because it’s overly commercial or whatever your annoying friends say it is. Valentine’s Day is totally awesome. What I’m saying is that you should concentrate your efforts on the days after the holiday because that’s when romance is least expected but most needed.

Most people’s romantic acumen reaches an apex on Valentine’s Day, while the rest of the year merits almost no romance whatsoever. That’s no way to conduct a love life. I encourage you to reign in your V-Day antics and instead amplify your amorousness on the following days. Technology will make this much easier to do.

Schedule spontaneity

Use your phone’s calendar (or Outlook or Google or iCal) to schedule romantic reminders well in advance. Let’s go with February 29. Set a reminder to send your lover some McNuggets. They’ll be like, “Oh my gourd! This is so unexpected! You’re like a spontaneous Don Juan! I will call you Don Juantaneous!”

We should all aspire to be Don Juantaneous, regardless of gender. Fill your calendar with reminders to surprise your honey, and you can celebrate Valentine’s Day all year long.

Game the system

It’s common in a relationship to be competitive with each other. You spend so much time around one another that even the simplest activities can become heated battles. Thus, it’s no surprise that so many couples play mobile word games against each other, such as Words With Friends or Scrabble.

To inject a little romance into this pastime after the halo of Valentine’s Day has faded, I suggest that you hoard the letters L, O, V and E and play the word they spell on occasion, even if it’s not advantageous. Follow up this move with a text message that includes a winky face to seal the deal. You’ll be instantly impressive.

Foursquare tip carving

Foursquare, everyone’s favorite location-based social network, allows users to leave tips and advice at places they check into. It works like this: You visit a burger joint. You order “The Stimpy.” It’s delicious. You use Foursquare to leave a tip at the restaurant that tells friends who dine there in the future that, “The Stimpy is delicious.” (The tip pops up on your friends’ phones when they check in.)

Easy enough, yes? I propose that you turn this dynamic on its pointy head by leaving romantic tips instead. Whoa there, I don’t mean the kind of romantic tips that will result in a NSFW label. I mean the age-old scrawling of initials into trees.

Remember? Couples used to carve their initials into trees as a gesture of commitment. Why can’t we do the same on Foursquare for locations that hold special meaning to us? Just leave something like “ER + SB” as a tip and wait for your loved one to check in there at a later date. They’ll faint with surprise and joy.

The day after Valentine’s Day is your best opportunity to set a romantic trend that could last for the rest of the year. Let tech help you extend your wooing streak.

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