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10 Oatmeal Creations Worth Waking Up For

10 Oatmeal Creations Worth Waking Up For

I remember the days when oatmeal would be considered punishment in breakfast form. Hear me out. A stock standard breakfast for me as a child would be toast with Nutella, toast with butter and jam, toast with vegemite, or toast with a glass of milk. You get the picture.

From my early primary school days until the early days of high school, we’d have to attend mandatory school camp and I remember always dreading their breakfasts. It would always be oatmeal. Before you start rolling your eyes and proclaiming how whiny I’m being, let me direct you to how it’s been made. Water. Oats. Sugar. That is it. Half the time sugar wasn’t even an option – we’d have to have ‘borrowed’ those packets from a café beforehand to have our fill.

It’s safe to say, my childhood did not have positive memories associated with oatmeal. Since becoming a Healthy Living Blogger and developing an interest in nutrition, I slowly let oatmeal back into my life. I started with the basics – swapping milk for the water and adding berries and brown sugar in place of … air. Soon enough, I began experimenting more with different combinations, different add ins and soon enough – oatmeal had become my favourite meal and something worth waking up for.

While honey, fruit and maple syrup might be standard toppings to spruce up your breakfast bowl, consider trying one of these amazing combinations. Before you roll your eyes thinking you’d get diabetes or have a sugar hangover before your mid morning coffee, think again. All of these 10 are healthy, full of fiber, low in sugar and without a doubt a sinfully nutritious start to your day.

1. Caramel Cookie Dough Oatmeal via The Big Man’s World

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    I am obsessed with cookie dough and caramel cookies, so why not combine both with this ridiculously easy and healthy oatmeal recipe which promises to be just like a caramel cookie dough?

    2. Chai Spiced Pear Baked Steel Cut Oatmeal via Hummusapien

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      Nothing beats the texture of steel cut oats. This could only be enhanced by chai spices and a baked pear! I can already imagine how epic my kitchen will be smelling now.

      3. Slow Cooker Apple Pie Steel Cut Oatmeal via The Healthy Maven

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        They say that the slower you cook the oats, the fluffier they become. This recipe can be made the night before. Cook it on low heat for a deliciously healthy treat to greet you the next day!

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        4. French Toast Oats via Kiss My Broccoli

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          You know those days you crave French toast AND oatmeal at the same time? How about you combine them? Why not? The texture of French toast in your breakfast bowl will make your day.

          5. White Chocolate and Macadamia Oatmeal Pudding via The Big Man’s World

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            Perhaps one of the world’s ultimate favourite cookies transformed into a bowl of oatmeal? I can live with that. Healthy too? That, my friends, is a bonus!

            6. Brownie Batter Peanut Butter Swirl Oatmeal via Fit Foodie Finds

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              Just a look at this beautiful bowl of oatmeal would ignite a sugar rush … but it’s deceptively healthy, you could eat two bowls. And brownie BATTER? Dessert for breakfast!

              7. Caramelised Pear Steel Cut Oats via Minimalist Baker

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                Another pear and steel cut oatmeal combination, with the pear being caramelised, it’s sinfully nutritious!

                8. Vegan Chocolate Chai Overnight Oats via Fit Foodie Finds

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                  How about combining a popular warm beverage in your bowl of oats with a touch of chocolate? I could get on that. Vegan to boot!

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                  9. Mocha Overnight Oats via The Healthy Maven

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                    Next time you ever think to skip breakfast because of a lack of time, think again. Done the night before? Check. Quick? Check. your cofee is encompassed in it too? Check.

                    10. Fig and Date Oatmeal via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

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                      A delicious duo which would scream Fall comfort in a bowl. I can see this on repeat this season!

                      Who here is excited for breakfast now? Brown sugar and cinnamon? Old news.

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew from thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                      Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                      Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                      If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                      1. Create a Daily Plan

                      Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                      2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                      Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                      3. Use a Calendar

                      Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                      I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                      Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                      4. Use an Organizer

                      An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                      These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                      5. Know Your Deadlines

                      When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                      But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                      6. Learn to Say “No”

                      Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                      Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                      7. Target to Be Early

                      When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                      For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                      Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                      8. Time Box Your Activities

                      This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                      You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                      9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                      Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                      10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                      Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                      You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                      11. Focus

                      Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                      Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                      Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                      12. Block out Distractions

                      What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                      I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                      When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                      Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                      13. Track Your Time Spent

                      When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                      You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                      14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                      You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                      Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                      15. Prioritize

                      Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                      Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                      16. Delegate

                      If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                      When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                      17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                      For related work, batch them together.

                      For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                      1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                      2. coaching
                      3. workshop development
                      4. business development
                      5. administrative

                      I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                      18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                      What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                      One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                      While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                      19. Cut off When You Need To

                      The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                      Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                      20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                      Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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