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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 September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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