Monthly Archives: February 2017

Office Mini Fridge Tips and Tricks to Maximize Productivity and Reduce Interruptions

If you’re focused on becoming more productive, talking about using an office mini fridge in your office probably seems like the last possible thing to focus on in order to make better use of your time.

That’s where you’re wrong! I am a productivity geek and have learned that having a mini fridge in my home office is one of the biggest weapons I have in my arsenal in the battle against the most fearsome foe of productivity: distractions.

Think about it: what are the two most common reasons that you stop working on the task at hand to do something else?

  1. You’re hungry or thirsty
  2. You have to go to the bathroom

If you work from home and have kids there, then you’ve got bigger fish to fry (like installing soundproofing!). However, if you have a reasonable amount of privacy from family members barging into your office, and you have only yourself to blame for not being productive enough, then hear me out when I say optimizing your office mini fridge can increase your productivity by at least 25%. 

That’s right: 25%! Here’s why:

Numerous studies show that interruptions erode not only the amount of work being done, but the quality of the work.  Think about that. So if you’re focused on writing, programming, designing graphics, or organizing your finances and then stop every 30 minutes to get something to drink, a snack, use the bathroom, etc., then you are actually lessening the quality of your work!

Of course, it’s not realistic to work for several hours straight with zero interruptions. And regarding using the bathroom: I won’t go as far as suggest that you install a bedpan under your desk. Although, some people have gone this far…

 

an office mini fridge would have been the sensible choice...

This is going too far.

So let’s focus on what you can do to minimize interruptions in the hungry / thirsty category.

First of all, you need to get a mini fridge. If you’re not sure of which to buy, check out my most recommended office mini fridge that doubles as a mini freezer review.

Office Mini Fridge Tips and Tricks to Reduce Interruptions

  • Stock bottles of cold, filtered water. Enough for your whole day of work. If you’re into health (which I hope you are!) then stock 64 fluid ounces worth of bottles in the fridge.
  • Each morning, stock the fridge with these energy sustaining snacks:
  • Set a kitchen timer or your phone’s timer app to “ding” every hour. At which time, you should stand up, stretch, drink 8 oz of cold water. Every other hour treat yourself to a small snack. This allows you to have sustained energy throughout the day of healthy foods versus eating a big lunch and CRASHING afterwards.

Do you have any other tips for optimizing your office mini fridge for productivity? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Foodsaver Systems : Which Model Should You Buy?

foodsaver

Yes, because vacuum-sealing lobster tails is something I do all the time…

Choosing a foodsaver or vacuum sealer can be tricky, so I’m going to make it easy for you! I have done the research already and can recommend three very quality, cost-effective models.

Buying a foodsaver was by far my best kitchen purchase after buying a standalone chest freezer. I have saved so much money and time, and wasted so much LESS food by:

  • Buying meat and vegetables in bulk
  • Learning freezer-friendly recipes
  • Preparing meals en-masse each Sunday for the week
  • Vacuum sealing those meals with my foodsaver and freezing
  • Organizing my chest freezer for easy access during the week

Obviously a key part of this food strategy is to own a foodsaver, and more importantly: to USE it!

Why a Foodsaver Pays For Itself

  • Vacuum sealed foods last longer than all other storage methods, except for canning (but who wants to do that?)
  • Plastic wrap, foil, and ziploc bags all allow some oxygen to enter and make contact with food, contributing to shorter shelf lives.
  • Mold and bacteria are unable to grow in vacuum sealed food, as all oxygen has been removed.

My Top 3 Recommended Foodsaver Systems:

  1. FoodSaver 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit, 4800 Series, v4840

What I really like about this model is that it has Wet and Dry settings, depending on the type of food you are vacuum sealing. Also, it comes with an assortment of bags, has a pull-out drip drawer that you can just toss in your dishwasher to clean, and has a very effective bag cutter built-in.

Here you can see it on Amazon (this is an affiliate link to help me pay for hosting this blog):

 

2.FoodSaver V2244 Vacuum Sealing System with Starter Kit

This is a more basic foodsaver system without a lot of bells and whistles but it does exactly what you need: seals food in bags with zero oxygen inside, and without making a mess in the process. What else could you really want? This is a great starter foodsaver if you don’t need all the high-tech features and light-up buttons to make it look pretty!

 

3. Nesco VS-02 Food Vacuum Sealing System with Bag Starter Kit

This is Amazon’s Choice for foodsavers, and for obvious reasons: you get a lot of bang for your buck. If you’re looking for just a basic, solid foodsaver without a lot of special extra features but you want it to last a long time and not be frustrating to use: this is it. Nesco makes a very functional and user-friendly system, and this model includes an assortment of bags to get started. This is a great option if you don’t foresee vacuum sealing a ton of food every week, but are just planning meals for your small family: