18 things to do while the tea is brewing

18 things to do while the tea is brewing

18 things to do while the tea is brewing

I love a good cup of tea or coffee. In fact, I make sure to have several coffee or tea breaks during the day. And while I wait for the coffee or tea to brew, I try to use the time to either do some smaller, daily chores or some pleasant activities that could brighten my day.

Here are 18 things you could do in the 3-5 minutes it takes to brew a cup of tea:

  1. Cut some fresh flowers from the garden and put them in a vase in your bedroom so that you can wake up to the smell of flowers tomorrow morning.
  2. Do a set of squats, push ups or sit ups.
  3. Wipe down tables and counter tops.
  4. Water the plants.
  5. Put on some music and dance.
  6. Send a loved one a lovely message.
  7. Clear away toys, papers, magazines or whatever it is that tends to multiply around your house.
  8. Empty the dishwasher.
  9. Fluff up the pillows.
  10. Take out the rubbish.
  11. Pick up the mail.
  12. Do some breathing exercises.
  13. Delete unwanted pictures from your phone.
  14. Read a poem.
  15. Call someone.
  16. Clean a hotspot in your home.
  17. Jot down ideas for future writings or blog posts.
  18. Write a listicle – like this one. 😉

Now go and enjoy your tea.

Be carefull with your rewards

Be carefull with your rewards

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I find this quote interesting. If you’re a parent, you have probably heard the advice that you should ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior. But what if your reward kills off the child’s inner motivation?

There is a balance of course. Whereas you probably will achieve more by praising your child for using the fork at dinner rather than scolding her when she picks up food with her fingers, you might want to be more careful when it comes to giving out actual rewards, particularly if it relates to something they enjoy doing, like drawing, singing, dancing or even doing their homework.

We might be wise to avoid bribing, incentivising, or otherwise rewarding children to do things that we believe are truly important.

Rob Yeung, I is for Influence




Sneezing in the September Sun

Sneezing in the September Sun

Apparently, it takes between 4 and 10 days to recover from the common cold. Which is a good thing, as I am now on day 9 …

There is something so wrong about having a cold at the same time as we’re experiencing what must be considered an autumn summer here in Scandinavia. Whereas my instinct tells me I should be nursing the cold under a woollen blanket with a hot drink in my hand, the weather is telling me to go outside and enjoy this glorious sunshine that’s taking us all by surprise.

Usually, this would have been the time of year when we start preparing for the cold, Scandinavian winter: stocking up on candles, buying a heap of wood, changing over the wardrobe from summer to winter attires. But instead, I’m still wearing my summer dresses, applying sun cream and having iced drinks by the gallon.

I am so congested at the moment that I’m gasping for air just walking upstairs, so my regular walks and daily micro-habits have been put aside for the time being in favour of less lung demanding activities.

In fact, I have been thinking about taking up a practice that has fallen to the side the last six months: curating a capsule wardrobe.

I had been pondering whether or not to do this again for a while now, and when both Jennifer L. Scott, aka Madame Chic, of The Daily Connoisseur and Fiona Ferris of How to Be Chic blogged about it, I realised I really do want to try this again. And what better time to put together an autumn capsule than when I’m still wearing my summer clothes!

And to be honest, sorting out my wardrobe is about as strenuous activity as I can manage now.

Roll on day 11 …


Back to work

Back to work

Organizing the office

I was the kind of kid who used to love Mondays, New Year’s Day and first day back at school after the summer holiday.

I am still that kind of kid, just a little older, a little more grey than blonde.

I love fresh starts and new beginnings, and I always have. I love the promises they bring, the hope and the possibilities.

Beginnings have always been my forte. I dive headfirst into new projects, full of enthusiasm. I am a beginner. A finisher … not so much.

And after my month long hiatus from this blog, it could have ended as another starter-project that fizzled out. But it turned out I just needed to embrace those few short summer weeks we get her in Scandinavia. Somehow it didn’t seem very tempting to be cocooned inside when the sun was finally making an appearance.

But that was then, and this is now, and the summer is drawing towards an end and I am heading back to work.

And I’m loving it!

As a kid, moving up a year in school meant new books, new stationary equipment, maybe a new backpack or lunch box. Returning back to work after the summer doesn’t bring quite the same newness, but one can try, right?

My back-to-work ritual

So this is what I am doing to mark the end of summer and the return to work:

  • Clean my office, remove all the dead flies piling up in the windowsill, wipe the dust that has had time to settle, tidy away any clutter I have dumped on my desk during the summer.
  • Empty my inbox. I like to start on zero, so I will go through all my emails, delete all spam, out-of-date press releases, chain mails and emails not needing a reply. Those needing attention will be filed in a separate folder, so that the main inbox remains empty.
  • Change over my wardrobe. Yes, it’s that time again soon, when the summer dresses are getting too cold and the cardigans are sneaking back into my wardrobe. I might do a capsule wardrobe, I might not. I haven’t decided yet.
  • Buy scented candles. I like to add some niceties to my office. It can be fresh flowers or a pretty item or candles. I believe in making my home office a place where I want to spend time, not just a place where I have to be to earn money.
  • Get out a new notebook. OK, I might not need it, I have several unused ones stashed away. But as a stationary junkie I don’t need any excuses to buy more notebooks.


Do you have a back-to-work ritual?




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