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Posts Tagged ‘Coffee’

Starbucks or Save?

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

This is the question that haunts us on early mornings five days a week. On one hand if you saved five dollars every day, that could really add up! On the other hand, five dollars is a small price to pay for happiness…

Or could it be that it’s not even the taste or caffeine that you want, but rather you want something to hold. Let’s face it, people are more confident with a drink in their hand. Alcohol? yes—but your morning coffee shop drink can have some similar effects. Just like a singer who has never had a mic stand before, there’s comfort in holding on. Having a Starbucks drink in hand does a lot for a person—all of a sudden they’re caffeinated, part of a club, more proficient in their skills, and five years older.

So, when you go to choose if you’ll be settling for your Keurig or embracing that five-dollar Pumpkin Spice latte (or whatever your drink of choice may be), you’re really deciding who you want to be that day.

Maybe this should be considered in terms of your return on investment. If that Starbucks drink will motivate you to work harder which in turn pushes you towards success, you might make more money that way than you ever would have by saving your daily coffee spend. Or if you invested that Starbucks money right now, and make your own coffee for the rest of your life, you might be able to retire early. It’s certainly something to ponder…

But, in the end regardless of your opinions on this debated topic, you’ll still be in the Starbucks drive through on Monday. Happy Drinking!

The Big (Or Not So Big) Sleep

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

The Mayor-Elect for New York City, Bill De Blasio, arrived an hour late for a mid-morning campaign event this weekend. He apologized and acknowledged that his tardiness was due to oversleeping. Opponents swept in declaring that De Blasio was not suitable for mayor because ‘he can’t get out of bed on time.’ De Blasio did admit: ‘I’d rather stay up all night, but I don’t get to, so I have to wake up early in the morning to do my job and I’m happy to do it.’ Sleep has always been a big topic for health pundits, doctors, and career coaches. Is it advantageous to be a night owl or an early bird? Is it possible to have too much sleep? What are the best tricks to developing a healthy sleep schedule?

Humans spend approximately one-third of their lives sleeping. What may seem like a waste is declared time after time an integral part of a daily routine. Caffeine has become the most common ‘cure’ for late nights and groggy mornings, but that doesn’t stop people from trying to manipulate the clock and adopt lifestyle choices to make the most of the day with the minimum amount of time under the covers. Many studies have concluded that the most successful people are those who are early risers, waking up with the crack-of-dawn. Of course, there are those incredible superheroes who claim to function perfectly well with less than six hours of sleep. About 1-3% of the population is referred to as the ‘sleepless elite.’ Not only do they see sleep as a waste of time, but can successfully act upon that mindset. Many notable celebrities and business executives fall under the ‘8 hours is too much’ category. Martha Stewart never sleeps more than four hours and spends her waking hours producing four magazines, a TV and radio show, and products. ‘Jay Leno needs only five hours of sleep each night, splitting his time between The Tonight Show and attending over 150 comedy gigs a year. Jack Dorsey, the CEO of both Twitter and Square spends 8-10 hours a day at each company, not leaving much time for sleep.

The rest of us who are blessed neither with the genetics nor the willpower to go without decent sleep are left to drink extra espresso shots and buy under eye cr’me for dark circles. But that’s no reason to lose hope: There are small ways to become a morning person and that includes making the most of this past weekend’s ‘fall back.’ With autumn’s end to Daylight Savings, we have an extra hour built to create a new routine, an easy way to become a morning person. As you rise and shine, Forbes lists how to best use your morning hours.

Don’t forget the importance of sleep – it is vital to a healthy and successful life. Make the most of your hours to develop a schedule that works best for you and your productivity. Still undecided? You can sleep on it.