This post has been sponsored by Eight O’Clock Coffee. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Working From Home – How to take coffee breaks that feel like actual breaks. How to create a coffee experience that feels like the cafe.
Working from home is wonderful, but it can also be really hard. When I’m in the groove, I’m productive, motivated, and I complete what I need to in that time.
Most days though, it isn’t like that. I get distracted easily, I don’t stick to my schedule or routine, and I end up feeling behind.
I’ve tried so many things to make myself stick a routine and be more productive. Some things really do work, like getting dressed in real clothes and setting office hours, prioritizing three things a day to get done, and having a clean and welcoming work space. But some days, I still have a hard time staying on task and not wanting to watch YouTube all day … or use my office hours to do things around the house that need to get done.
When I’m really off my game, a field trip to the neighborhood coffee shop helps me take a brain break and regroup. The change of scenery, the people, and a delicious cup of coffee are just what I need to come back to my office and get back to work.
The reality is that I can’t do that every day. For starters, the closest cafe is 14 minutes from my house (I’ve timed it) and by the time I drive there, get my coffee, drink it, and get back home, it’s been almost an hour. That’s a big chunk of time. Secondly, it gets expensive to do that every day.
I decided to recreate the feeling that leaving the house and going to the coffee shop gives me, without having to go anywhere. There is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a 15-20 minute break during the workday. That is enough time to refocus but not too long that you have missed a big chunk of your day.
The first thing that I did was invest in a high quality coffee maker. I wanted one that is nice to look at on my counter but that also has the ability to be programmed to brew at a certain time. I have it set to brew at 10:30, which is exactly when I start to get fidgety and need a break. You know how I love a mug, so I have no shortage of pretty ones to choose from.
I went to Hannaford and bought the Eight O’ Clock Coffee Barista Blends. You can find them in the coffee aisle with the ground coffee. My two favorites are the Mocha Macchiato and the Caffe Americano.
The Mocha Macchiato is divine, with white mocha flavor with caramel notes. It is definitely a treat to myself some days. The Caffe Americano is a mild espresso blend that brings a nice sense of balance to my day. When I am feeling really fancy, I use my milk frother to froth some almond milk and make myself a latte.
(I also love Hannaford because they have a great flower section and they have a lot of really great local products in the deli section. If I am heading south on 95, this is now my go-to grocery store. Also, did I mention how cost effective it is to buy coffee at your grocery store instead of going to a cafe everyday?)
To truly feel like I am not working, I don’t take the coffee back to my desk. I either sit at the dining room table or, if the weather is nice, I take it outside with my puppy and get some sunshine. I usually catch up on the news, flip through a cookbook (one of my favorite pastimes), or check out a magazine.
After 15 minutes, I’m ready to get back at it. Sometimes I repeat the process in the afternoon. Having a nice break breaks up the day, helps me focus, and when it’s over, I’m ready to tackle my to-do list. Don’t forget to head to Hannaford or your local grocer to grab your favorite flavor of Eight O’Clock Coffee Barista Blends today!
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