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Five Ways To Have A More Productive Day



We are always wishing for more hours in a day. With busy lives that are full of juggling and stretching ourselves in many directions, it’s hard to accomplish everything in a day and feel satisfied that you did it well.

What if it’s not about the amount of time you have but more about how wisely you use the allotted amount of time that you have available to you? I’ve been actively fine-tuning how I use my time throughout the days to accomplish more and have more time to spend doing what I enjoy rather than laboring over the tasks I dread.

Here are 5 ways I set myself up to have a productive day.

1. Wake Early
Waking early sets the tone for the entire day. You’ll feel as if you’ve been given the gift of a few extra hours. When you wake early, your day is longer. There’s something oddly satisfying about waking up before everyone in the house. I like to head downstairs to the kitchen and pop a K-Cup of MAX by MAXWELL HOUSE into my Keurig. MAX by MAXWELL HOUSE isn’t your ordinary cup of coffee. It has more than the normal amount of caffeine as traditional coffees and gives me the boost I need to kick start my day.

MAX by MAXWELL HOUSE has an extra dose of natural caffeine for those times when you need an extra boost. With three caffeine options to choose from (1.25x, 1.50x, and 1.75x more caffeine), you have the flexibility to customize your perfect cup of coffee.
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You can find all three varieties at your local Walmart at an unbeatable price.

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2. Immediately Accomplish a Task
Before you do anything else, set out to accomplish one, small task. For me it’s usually means tackling the small but dreaded, menial but necessary tasks such as making the bed, folding and putting away a load of laundry, and emptying the dishwasher. Doing so makes me feel a small but significant sense of accomplish that puts me on track to accomplish larger, more complex tasks throughout the day.

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3. Make a List
I am a girl of a hundred lists. In order to function and be productive, I absolutely must adhere to some sort of list. Every morning I like to sit down at my kitchen island with my cup of MAX by MAXWELL HOUSE to put together my lists for the day. Anything from to-do lists, grocery lists, wishlists, and more get written that morning, and once I’ve had my coffee to make me my best self, I immediately start executing the list.

If I have a particularly busy day, I opt for the MAX with a higher amount of caffeine. For days where I know I’ll have more time to relax and unwind, I love that I have the option to keep the caffeine to a minimum.

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4. Take a Break to Reassess and Recharge
You can’t go full speed ahead all day long. There’s always a point in the day where I start to drag. It’s usually around 2 pm. When I start to feel sluggish, I step away from what I am doing and take a break. I make a cup of coffee and assess where I am in my day. I review my to-do list to see how I am progressing and how I can tweak it to stay on task.

At this point in my day, the three options for caffeine customization in the MAX by Maxwell House really come in handy. Depending on how much sleep I was able to get the night before, how busy or idle I’ve been throughout the day, and generally how energized I feel (the foods I’ve eaten have a big impact on my energy levels). I grab the MAX K-Cup that I need to most and within 2 minutes, I have the ideal cup of coffee to put me at my best performance and power me through the rest of my work day.

5. Prepare the Night Before
I am a big believer that preparing whatever you can the night before goes a long way to ensuring a smooth morning. Pick out your clothes, pack your gym bag or work bag so that you aren’t scurrying the next morning to get everything completed within a very small time frame. Put your MAX by Maxwell House K-Cup in the Keurig machine and place your mug on the machine so that you simply have to press a button the following morning.

It’s ridiculously difficult to enjoy your morning coffee when you are hurrying around the house trying collect your belongings while taking quick sips that you hardly taste or enjoy.

Do you have any tips that help to make your day more productive? Do you start each day with a cup of coffee to help ignite you and make you your best self ever?

Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. Sixteen surreal landscapes found on Earth via Mother Nature Network.

2. Twenty essential truths that women over 50 want to share with younger women via Huffington Post.

3. The cities with the best quality of life in the world via Business Insider.

Sporty Gift Ideas For Sporty Kids

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There are all kinds of gifts out there that for the sports lovers and sports players in your kid's life. They’re bound to love just about anything that's sports-related. Here are some of our go-to gifts when we are buying for sporty kids.

3 Tips For Moving Into A New Home

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Moving is a monumental task. There are so many complex things to consider such as location, price and commute distance to take into account when you’re going to be moving. If everything isn’t right, you could end up moving to a town or city you don't like or you could end up overspending. Here are 3 things to consider when moving.

How I Make The Most of My Kitchen Space

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I don't have a sprawling kitchen. At the same time, it's not a small, cramped space either. But there are definitely times when I feel I could use some additional space whether it's for meal prep or for storage. When everything is in it's place, I feel as though I effortlessly execute meals. On the flip side, a few things out of place causes me to stress, and that's when things don't go as planned.
Since the kitchen is the hub of the household, it's important to get the design and aesthetics right the first time around.

Vital Ways to Make Your Home as Safe as Possible

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The list of things you want your home to be is never that long: safe, warm, and comfortable are probably the most important. Having a safe house is a pretty easy thing to achieve, but there are some extra precautions to take, especially if there are children in the home!

Fun Outdoor Summer Party Ideas For Kids

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Everybody loves a good summer party, and if your child is lucky enough to be born in the summer, you havw the ideal situation for an outdoor party. Although intended to be a good time with family and friends with great food and lovely gifts, planning and executing birthday parties can be stressful. Particularly for the parent who is responsible for throwing the party as well as making sure all of the guests are safe and entertained.

The more you prepare for the party, the less stress you’ll experience. Here are a few ideas for throwing the perfect outdoor party and feeling confident about it enough to relax with the other parents.

3 Amazing Freezable Dishes To Serve This Summer

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There is no better time to throw a dinner party than in the summer. There is something about the long, warm days that seem to encourage people to get together, share a few stories and laughs, and enjoy a great meal together. Whether you plan to entertain during the day or at night; all it takes is a great meal that comes together quickly and doesn't require a full day of preparation. So great ready to put a few little decorations out, press play on Spotify, and enjoy a soiree with good friends.

Of course, it isn’t that simple. We like to pretend it is but, come on, who are we kidding. Playing hostess with the mostess comes with its very own unique trials and tribulations; two of which include cooking dishes you have never attempted before and making sure everything is ready on time. Get these two right, and you’ll be infinitely more available for a great time.

The key to enjoying yourself at your own party is to prepare a few amazing dishes well in advance, freeze them, and then reheat on the day of the party. Just make sure you have a professional freezer repair service on standby. After all, nothing could ruin your dinner party more than a freezer malfunction and a call for take-out.

How To Make The Most Of Minimal Kitchen Space

Are you feeling the heat in a cramped kitchen that doesn’t seem to have enough space for you? Well, it might be time to look at it from a different point of view. Even a small kitchen can be the little heart of the home. You just have to be smart about the space you have, realistic about what you can put in there, and ways you might even be able to use spaces outside the kitchen to improve your life inside it.

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Make better use of your current space
When dealing with a small kitchen, you’re looking at measuring the resourcefulness of that space very carefully. Nowadays, however, there are a lot of options that fit much better to a small space. Instead of installing a huge overhead fan, you can get a portable kitchen fan, for instance. For countertop ovens, the most comprehensive review is here, showing you alternatives that allow you to downsize your kitchen unit without having to take up the majority of your available space. There are even space-saving dishwashers available, such as integrated models no bigger than 18-inches wide that only take up a little drawer space.

Friday Fresh Picks: Fab Finds Under $50

I'm not ready to buy sweaters, coats, and boots just yet. Especially not when there are some epic sales on summer merchandise going on. In this week's Friday Fresh Picks, I've rounded up 11 items, all of which are under $50!!!

I'm not ready to buy sweaters, coats, and boots just yet. Especially not when there are some epic sales on summer merchandise going on. In this week's Friday Fresh Picks, I've rounded up 11 items, all of which are under $50!!!


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