Benjamin Franklin is said to have remarked, “If you are failing to plan, you are planning to fail.” It is understandable that as part of their planning, businesses want to get a head start on upcoming markets and seasons. But sometimes it is a bit too much. Like the “back to school” displays in office supply stores starting the second week of July.

Visiting my favourite local hardware store in Montreal earlier this week, some staff members were hard at work putting together a display of plastic pumpkins and related paraphernalia for Halloween. That’s right, we were just running up to Labour Day weekend, and the hardware folks were urging us to purchase scary displays and decorations. See my photo of part of the display.

Whether we work as salaried employees, or as business owners, we can all agree that planning is important for success. If you leave your life for others to determine, your days will fly by with little to show that is your own creation. However, there can come a point when excessive focusing on planning may lead one to lose track of the magic of the present.

It has been statistically proven that there are only seven days a week. We know from science that we are never able to draw a breath at any time other than right now.

Plan your work, business and personal life. Keep track of your goals, prepare for your children’s sports tournaments, put that vacation on your calendar. But appreciate right now every moment you can share with your loved ones and friends.

Even though retailers may want you to focus on Halloween, this is Labour Day weekend. Relax and enjoy every minute of it, today. No pumpkins are required for this holiday.