I (Frankie) love things that make it easier for me to go about my daily life. Most things are simple little shortcuts that make a huge impact. Making things easier and saving time helps me, and you, have more time for the important stuff. This post is probably going to make me sound psycho, but it's my timesaving tip of the week and I'm super excited.
It doesn't really take a lot of time to make a pot of coffee, but when I get back from my walk in the mornings, I want a cup pretty fast, especially since colder weather has arrived. There have been days when I skip the coffee all together (oh the horror!) because I don't want to take the time to get everything together to make a pot, and I don't want to waste coffee because I'll probably only drink one cup and then not have another until that's cold and I have to make another pot.
Enter the Keurig...
I've wanted one for a while, but just couldn't bring myself to pay the money for it. I had to have the one with the reservoir on it because that's a big part of the timesaving aspect. The hubby and I found a really good deal on one on Black Friday and decided to snatch it up for our Christmas present to each other. It is AMAZING. One perfect cup of coffee whenever I want it and all I have to do it pop a K-cup in, put my mug under the spout, and wait about 30 seconds. That's it! No waste and I can just leave it on and if I want another cup in the afternoon, I just pop another K-cup in. Whoever invented this was brilliant and I love them!
You don't have to go out and buy a Keurig, but do always be on the lookout for little things that may save you lots of time and make your day run a lot smoother.
We'd love to hear from you. Comment below with some of your timesaving tips!
Thanksgiving is one major carb load. Potatoes, tater, stuffing, bread, cookies, pies, cakes…. That’s great a few times out of the year, but carb loading when you work from home is a complete no-no on a normal day.
The worst time of the day for me (Andrea) is lunch time. I have been awake for about six hours and have gotten a lot of work accomplished. But then it’s time for me to choose a meal for lunch to get me through the afternoon. And a lot of times I’m choosing with my stomach rather than my head.
That leftover spaghetti is mighty tasty, but it’s going to kill the rest of my day. Inevitably I’ll eat it and soon after become tired and sluggish, and just want to nap. My work day is done. And when you are sleepy and work from home, you have all the opportunity in the world to take a nap. If you go to a brick and mortar job, sleeping is going to get you fired.
You need to choose a meal that’s going to power you up for the rest of your tasks - not leave you lounging on the couch flipping channels and grabbing for a cup of caffeine. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a nap if you need it - just don’t let a poor choice in food make that the cause of your nap!
I (Frankie) don't know about you guys, but with all the bad stuff happening in the world lately, my faith in humanity was really being tested. All I've been seeing is people being rude to each other. Not respecting others beliefs or right to choose. Rioting. Hate. Despair. It was really starting to get me down until Friday. Yeah, on Black Friday my faith in humanity was somewhat restored, but not in the way that you may think.
I didn't go Black Friday shopping, so nobody was nice to me or let me pass them in line or anything like that. What did happen was I got up Friday morning and went on my usual morning walk/jog. It was so peaceful. I was the only person in the park. I guess everyone was shopping or sleeping off the turkey and shopping from Thursday. It was quiet and just cool enough to make for a beautiful morning walk.
I was just taking it all in and enjoying the solitude when something caught my attention out of the corner of my eye. When I looked over, hanging from the trees and the posts all along the trail were scarves with tags hanging from them. My family can attest to the fact that sometimes I can be a little slow to catch onto things so my first thought was, "Why would someone do that? People will just take them and even if they wanted to pay for them, where are they going to leave the money?" Yeah, I can be a little dense.
I finally walked over to one of the scarves and read the tag. This is what it said, "If you're cold, take one. God Bless!" Well, you guessed it, tears, tears and more tears. And right there on my walking trail, with one small act of kindness, on Black Friday, my faith in humanity was restored. I realized that no matter what, we're going to be all right.
Thank you to whoever put the scarves out. Not just because it gave me hope, but for doing something so selfless and kind in a world that so often now seems so heartless and cruel.
Comment below and let us know some things you've seen this holiday season to give you hope.
When I (Andrea) started Your Gal Friday, I started it with no more than a thought of “maybe I can do this” and the inclination to find people who wanted my services. It really wasn’t until a year or two later that I really started thinking about officially starting a small business and in doing so, trying to find help to a lot of difficult business questions. Here are four free ways to get your tough questions answered.
Talk to Other Entrepreneurs
The absolute best way to begin getting help starting a business is to talk with people who have already done it. You know people already, I’m sure of it. They’re parents at your child’s school. They’re in your Facebook groups. They’re part of Meetups. They’re at Farmers Markets and Street Fairs. Ask them questions. I’ve learned so much important information from savvy entrepreneurs who are happy to share their wisdom.
Check into your local government for seminars you can attend. I spent an afternoon with a wide variety of first-time entrepreneurs in a tax seminar where we learned all about how you file taxes for businesses. Many local governments are happy to offer information because they want their communities to grow. If you’re part of your Chamber of Commerce, you can usually partake in various meetings that help small businesses.
Meet up with a local SCORE member. SCORE is a non-profit organization chock full of volunteers with decades of business experience. They will share their knowledge with you and answer your questions. (And it’s free!) Seriously! How great is it that you have thousands of mentors just waiting to answer your questions.
Small Business Association
Finally, reach out to the Small Business Association. I can’t even begin to tell you all the different ways the SBA is able to help. Counseling, loans, grants….the government wants to help you succeed. Reach out to your local SBA and find out how they can start helping you with your business.
Frankie and Andrea take turns sharing stories. Just good talk over a cup of coffee.