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8 Things Only Coffee Lovers Would Understand

8 Things Only Coffee Lovers Would Understand

Growing up, I never thought I’d turn into a coffee drinker. I just couldn’t stomach the stuff unless I added some kind of artificial creamer and loads of sugar. Once I grew a bit older, however, coffee quickly became one of my favorite things. At first I drank a cup a day, then I progressed to two, and now I’m hovering somewhere around three and a half.

But enough about me! You’ve come to this article hoping to find a chuckle-inducing list about all of the hardships and joys associated with being a coffee lover. What is it really like to be one of us? Read on.

1. You know all of the good half and half brands.

There’s nothing quite like mixing a good brew with a bad brand of half and half. If you’ve ever had to send someone else to the market to pick up your favorite dairy creamer, you always specify to them exactly the kind you want. We’ve all had to use that store brand stuff before…never again! I know some people think that real coffee lovers don’t put any dairy in their java, but I say to each their own. A good cup of black coffee and a good cup of black coffee mixed with half and half can both be excellent, with each having their own individual strengths!

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2. You always have some extra ibuprofen on hand in case of an emergency.

The “emergency” of course being whenever you’ve gone without coffee for more than ~8 hours. When that happens, you get what are known as “coffee headaches,” which can be nasty, and once you get one it’s hard to shake it off for the rest of the day, even when you finally consume a much-needed cup.

3. You spend way too much time in your grocery store’s coffee bean aisle.

“Hmm,” you ask to yourself, “do I get the French roast, or the Italian roast? Or maybe the medium-light breakfast roast? Guess I’ll just take the one with the least amount of beans left in the container, that must mean it’s popular!” Don’t lie, we’ve all been there. The benefit to all of this coffee bean over-analysis is that we end up becoming familiar with all of the best roasts available at our local grocer. This is important, as most coffee lovers end up having a favorite, with some favoring lighter roasts while others like those of the darker variety.

4. You are always suspicious when offered coffee at a friend or family member’s house.

Let’s face it, most people don’t love coffee; they drink it to stay awake during the day. So, while they might be perfectly fine with watered down or stale coffee, you are not (unless you have one of those dreaded coffee headaches, in which case desperate times call for desperate measures). It’s not that coffee lovers are overly pretentious, it’s just that we are used to customizing the flavor/strength/temperature of coffee in our cup!

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5. You are practically immune to the effects of caffeine.

Coffee lovers drink coffee in large part because we love the taste of an excellently-brewed cup. The caffeine is just an added boost! The problem is that we’re so addicted that caffeine does nothing for us, unless we really go crazy (I myself don’t feel anything too out of the ordinary unless I order a latte with more than three shots of espresso). As a result, you’ll find that coffee lovers can enjoy their favorite drink at practically any time of the day. While it is incredibly likely that you’ll find them sipping from their chosen mug in the morning, don’t be surprised in the least if you see them at it again right before bed.

6. You have a favorite mug.

Big or small, tall or wide, heavy or light, we all have that one mug that we use over and over again, usually until it’s so worn that its design is faded, or until we accidentally break it (been there, done that). If you’re a true coffee aficionado, then you have two mugs, one for when you want a small amount of coffee, and one for when you need a bigger boost. Whenever I know I have a lot of work to do, or a big day ahead of me, I opt for my giant sized mug. Not only is the design cool, but it fits nearly three times as much coffee!

7. You have a bathroom schedule that revolves around coffee.

To put it nicely, coffee has a way of “speeding things up” in your body’s internal systems. So, often times, coffee lovers or even coffee drinkers in general will have their daily trips to the bathroom planned around whenever they’ll be drinking their java. You know, if there was one thing I’d change about coffee, it would be the fact that it makes you have to pee so often. I’m sure even the most ardent coffee fans will agree with me on that one!

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8. You are a maestro with the coffee grinder and french press.

Some are experts at chopping vegetables, others are masters at cooking scrambled eggs. You, my friend, know how to work the coffee grinder just right, so much so that you are able to grind your beans down to the perfect consistency every single time. One of the trademarks of coffee lovers is that they grind their own whole bean coffee, and brew it using a french press.

To get a good cup of coffee using that method takes a bit of trial and error, because so much is dependent on the smaller details. Indeed, a good grind can make the difference between a mediocre cup and one that blows your socks off the moment the velvety black liquid within your mug touches your tongue. If you are ever in need of a brilliant cup of coffee, turn to your resident coffee lover for help. I guarantee that they’ll be able to make you something that’s out of this world!

Being a coffee lover certainly has its highs and lows. There is nothing quite like picking out your favorite beans at the grocery store, grinding them, and brewing them up to craft the perfect cup of coffee. Sure, there are downsides, like the immunity to caffeine (sometimes you really do want it to wake you up) and the notorious coffee headache. But of course, if it wasn’t worth it, we wouldn’t go through all that trouble to be what we are! Anyone up for a cup?

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Featured photo credit: Coffee/Jen Collins via flic.kr

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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