Merry Christmas to all of you! We hope you’re snuggled up with your families celebrating just like we are. We love taking a break to focus on all that matters so we’ll see you back here on Monday.
Becca & Tiffany
There is only so long you can resist the temptation of the office snack bins. Not all snacks are healthy. Not all companies can be like the Facebook and Google’s of the world offering free lunch and unlimited, amazing snacks. Some companies must get by with chips-a-hoy and trail mix. That is the case at the company I work for. The snacks are sub-par.
I recently caved and went for a bag of Chips Ahoy! cookies. I really, really wanted a cookie. A bag full of mini cookies was easier then walking down to one of the many chain restaurants where I work, and it was also free. I like free. And nothing against Chips Ahoy! but the cookies were awful. They didn’t really have a taste. They were dry and just all together gross. I gifted it to a co-worker who didn’t seem to mind the quality.
Is it just me?! Am I just too particular that I wonder why I cannot work at a company that values kettle chips, kale chips and fresh produce? Maybe, and I’m cool with that.
A few months ago we talked about healthy office snacks, which is generally what I try to do. This way I have what I want and I am not tempted by the office snacks. This day however I was behind on bringing in snacks and found myself with a desk drawer that was absent of snacks.
So, what do you do when you have no snacks, you don’t like your office options, and you don’t want to pay for a snack?
Have a glass of water. Seriously. Water is completely underrated and does help give you that boost of energy you may need to get through the day.
Go for a walk. Find the energy to leave your desk and go outside. It helps! Plus, you may realize you actually aren’t hungry, and you may have just needed a break.
If you’ve tried both of these things and you still really need a snack, well, you know your options. You enjoy your office snack of choice, you pay for a snack or you see what your friend has in his or her cube. And then you make an appointment to go shopping for better snacks.
What do you do when you need a snack and don’t like your options?!
We all make choices about what we’re willing to pay for instead of making time to do it ourselves. You may choose prepared meals over cooking yourself. I may enjoy the time I spend cooking and am more than willing to do so. You may find cleaning therapeutic while I despise it. You may be willing to drive to multiple stores to get the best deal while I will pay more to just go to one.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to manage the time that I have. As you all probably know by now, I work full time in a fairly demanding job. I do pretty well juggling things most of the time, but I also travel for work. It may seem obvious, but let me spell out how traveling affects my time. There are no evening laundry loads or quick clean ups or paying of bills that come in the mail or picking up something quickly from the store that we need. Any of those random errands I might fit into the early morning or evenings just cannot be done. Yes, my husband is at home when I’m not, but he’s 100% busy with taking care of the girls, commuting, and actually working his own job (and hopefully making sure the house isn’t a complete disaster when I get home!).
Anyway, I realized I started to value my personal time more than money. It’s definitely happened gradually for me, but I tend to outsource as much as I can to spend time on the things I want to. Years ago, this meant that I hired someone to clean our house every other week. In order to keep our house clean, we were spending almost an entire day on the weekend doing it. This was our only non-work time and the last thing I wanted to spend it on was cleaning! So, when we could afford it, we did it. I consider it dollars extremely well spent.
This is an obvious way I’ve chosen time over money, but what other more subtle choices do we all make? I pay for Amazon Prime which allows me to get free 2-day shipping and saves me trips to many stores like the drugstore for that one item or from going to the toy store for that gift I wanted to get, etc. It just shows up at my door. Thinking about how I feed my family, we buy cut up fruit. Several years ago, I scoffed at WHO would be so lazy to buy that?! It’s so much more expensive. Guess what, it’s me. We end up avoiding food that isn’t prepped and ready to go given how quickly the little people at my house want things. I can grab the fruit and have something healthy in their hands in just a minute. We could fit in time on the weekend to do this ourselves, but again, it requires time. Time I don’t want to spend cutting up fruit.
For quite awhile, we even ordered our groceries online and had them delivered. Except for the rare item, I didn’t have to actually go to the grocery store! The groceries arrived at my door and I could order them from wherever I was when I had the time to do it vs. when I had time to go the store. We have paused on this as the quality of the produce wasn’t what I was looking for, but for many items it was extremely convenient!
After moving into our new house two years ago, there were many things we decided were money well spent to save our own time. We paid someone to paint many of the rooms including our two story entryway. In a couple of days, we had a freshly painted house…which would have taken us months to do ourselves. We paid someone to clean out our gutters. We paid someone to fix leaky faucets. Other things we’ve taken on ourselves – my husband is still taking care of our lawn.
In the stage we’re in, much of our time is spent taking care of our little girls (as it should be!). There’s a lot they can’t do themselves and they need our time. So, we’ll outsource as much as we can afford to in order to have that time. I’ll be curious to see if the pendulum swings back when they get a bit older.
What are you willing to pay for to save time? Has this changed over time?
As you all likely know by now, we both work in an office and have to travel fairly often. So, we were curious about what we each consider our work bag essentials. I love when magazines do articles about what’s in someone’s purse (though I don’t actually think those are real…at all) so consider this our version!
I carry things in my work bag that help me to be prepared for the unexpected, as well as keep me professional. You need a pen? I have an extra. We just met? Here is my business card. I do however try to balance being prepared with the overall weight of the bag, as I have no interest carrying around a bag that has too much in it! I’m too old for that. 😉 So, I’ve been working on narrowing the list of necessities down, and here are the things currently in my work bag:
– Laptop (& charger only when I travel, not for every day)
– Wireless mouse
– Headphones only to make phone calls (earbuds)
– Toiletry kit including tide to go pen, anti-bacterial hand gel, tampons, mirror, hairbands, and lip gloss.
– USB cell phone charger
– Business card holder
I have been over-prepared since I was a young child. My mom tells a story of us traveling as a family and someone spilled on their clothes. I whip out a tiny spray bottle of soap and water out of my little purse to save the day. Still true of me now. I like to have everything I may possibly need in my bag. And yes, that means my bag is heavy, but it’s all worth it to me!
– Laptop & charger
– Wireless mouse
– Headphones. 2 sets. 1 to make phone calls (earbuds) and 1 for more comfort on planes.
– Toiletry kit including Advil, tampons, mirror, floss, hairbands, blister band aids, lip gloss, chapstick, nail polish remover pads, and gum.
– Cell phone chargers – 1 regular, 1 tiny one that has different ends which I use for my kindle too, and 1 back up charger that doesn’t need to be plugged in.
– Business card holder
– Napkins or paper towels for spills
– More business cards and more tampons. LOL.
What are your work bag essentials? Do they look anything like ours?!?