How to Get Focused and Stay Focused on your Job

When tasked to do a job that will take hours, days or weeks to complete, it can be quite challenging to keep your focus. There are so many things that can keep you distracted or you might even get bored at one point with what you’re doing. However, you need to get that job done and you need to do it well. From enough sleep, exercise and a healthy diet, your body benefits and so your better able to focus. You have to stay alert and most importantly, you have to stay focused so you can be sure of high quality workmanship and an output that would definitely impress the boss.

If you are having a hard time focusing on your job, you are not alone. There are many other people experiencing the same kind of distractions; however, this doesn’t give you the excuse to stay unfocused. Not because a lot of other people are in the same situation, you’ll be like them too. You are so much better than that and you can excel in your job if you do this the right way. Keep your focus by checking out these tips below.

Get Rid of Distractions

RANCILIO HSD-SILVIA SILVIA ESPRESSO MACHINEWhat could exactly distract you while working? There are a lot of things actually. If you are working on your computer, you need to close all other windows not related to work to keep you focused. When you see that (1)Facebook, you just can’t help but take a look on what that notification is about. Instead of just taking a look, you stumbled upon a friend’s long rant on your newsfeed. You read everything on that post and check out the comments too. You can’t help but make a comment yourself and wait for your friend’s and her other friends’ replies. This easily took so many minutes or even an hour of your working time.

Another form of distraction is your mobile phone. Put it on silent mode or if you’re worrying about not being able to receive calls in case of emergency, put everything else on silent mode except for the calling features. If that text message sent to you is really so important, that person will call.

Music or no music—it is really up to you. If that Justin Bieber album makes you want to dance and sing along which could be totally distracting to your job, except of course if you’re baking or cooking or building a piece of furniture, music won’t be a problem at all. However, if you’re an accountant, a writer or you’re preparing a presentation for your boss, you probably can’t handle music with lyrics. If you should listen to music, go on YouTube and search for instrumental music to keep your focus and there are so many suggestions you will see there.

Feeling sleepy also makes you lose your focus. Make yourself a delicious cup of coffee. Using your espresso machine, make a coffee that’s mild, strong or very strong depending on the level of sleepiness you are feeling. At Espresso Gusto you can find several different brews.

Lastly, the biggest form of distraction you may have are your own thoughts. Your problems at home, your crush who smiled back at you or even when you’re thinking of the things you want to buy for yourself or for your home will make you sit back and just think while doing nothing. We know it is difficult but you have limit your personal thoughts while working. If you do this right, you will be able to focus.

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No comments, Santos, February 14, 2016

Beautiful Baking Tips for Beginner Bakers

Thanks to the wonderful world of the Internet, everyone wants to become a baker now. That Nutella cupcake video on Facebook is just oh, so yum and easy! The lemon-vanilla cake mix on YouTube looks too simple to make! Yes, there are so many videos, photos and recipes of baked goodies that make baking look very simple. If you’re one of them who all of a sudden wanted to become a baker after seeing that new 50-second video, then you must know this is not a joke. There are so many things you need to learn and need to have before even becoming a real baker. If you tried to bake some brownies from a ready-to-bake box off a grocery shelf, that’s not really baking—you are basically placing a mix in the oven. So if you’re truly serious about baking, read on and find out how.

Learn What You Can from the Experts

Those minute-long videos you see on Facebook, that’s not real baking. Baking takes a lot of time. You must know that you’ll probably spend at least an hour sweating it out in the kitchen before you can finally place that first batch of cookie dough in the oven. Cleaning is no joke too. After baking, you have to clean and store all your tools and leftover ingredients. To know more about baking, you need to learn from actual experts. While YouTube can probably teach you a lot, grabbing a book about baking would help you a whole lot too. You can try to check if there’s a baking workshop in your area or if your friend’s mom is an expert in baking, hanging out in their kitchen would do you good. It is best to see for yourself what really goes on in a baker’s kitchen before you can even proceed to the next step.

Baking Does Not Go Cheap

Mixer reviewYour mom’s oven is not enough. It probably worked well with the turkey but won’t be as good with a big batch of muffins. A good oven is very important – one with temperature controls that you can work with and enough space even for a massive cake. The hand mixer (see: ) you use to beat eggs might be good but it probably isn’t good enough to mix dough and other ingredients. You can also invest in a stand mixer – believe us, a stand mixer will save your life, spare you from having aching arms and save at least a few minutes of mixing. Aside from those, you need pans, trays, measuring spoons and cups, spatulas, scoops and so much more. So if you think that flour and some baking soda is very affordable, think again. Baking is more than just that. However, you may consider purchasing a good quality mixer through Mixer Picks, they have already made you a list with the best mixers and all the information you need so you can choose the product that suits your needs.

Bake, Experiment and Share the Goodies!

Now, we’re not discouraging you from becoming a baker. If you went past the first two steps listed above, it’s time for you to bake. Baking is all about exact measurements but that doesn’t mean you have no room to experiment. Just bake and experiment until you get that perfect taste, texture and look you’re aiming for. The best way to find out if you’re doing well? Share your baked goodies with your friends!

No comments, Santos, December 5, 2015

The Benefits of Eating Plant Based Foods


When you hear the word “vegan”, do you want to put your hands over your ears, close your eyes and run away? Maybe you have tried vegan food before and it tasted gross or upset your stomach. Well just like there are hundreds of ways to prepare meat, dairy, and eggs, there are hundreds of ways to prepare fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. These days, the phrase “plant-based” is becoming a more popular term to accurately describe the dietary choices of somebody who is no longer choosing meat, dairy, and eggs as staple foods. Whole food, plant-based eating is all about adding in as many whole vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and a seeds until you are satisfied at every meal.

There is a way of eating plant based that works for everybody; whether you want to eat gourmet vegan cheeses and tofu, or if you want to take it back to the basics and eat a simple diet of rice and beans. There are so many reasons to transition to a plant-based diet including for health and for your wallet. Yes, contrary to popular belief, eating whole foods does not have to be expensive. For example, oatmeal, rice, potatoes, and bananas are some of the cheapest foods in the grocery store, especially when comparing those foods with steak and eggs.

People who transition to a plant based diet for health reasons often find that they can effortlessly maintain a healthy weight due to the elimination of processed junk food from their diet. When eating whole plant foods, there is no reason to be afraid of carbs or calories. Fruits provide a ton of sweet calories that are packed with the vitamins and anti-oxidants to keep you satisfied and energized all day. Vegetables provide a boost of minerals to keep you healthy from the inside out. Protein can easily come from plant sources like beans and lentils, and healthy fats can be incorporated as whole food options like avocados, nuts, and seeds. A meat and dairy free lifestyle is all about tasting the rainbow and getting away from those microwave dinners that are packed in toxic chemicals and drowned in salt.

A day in the life of somebody enjoying a plant based lifestyle might look something like this.
Breakfast: Large bowl of oatmeal made with almond milk and some chia seeds sprinkled on top with a huge side of delicious ripe fruit.

Snack: Eat fruit as your are hungry throughout the morning

Lunch: Vegetable soup with bread sticks and a huge salad filled with sweet peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, and chucks of avocado.

Snack: Fruit and nut trail mix

Dinner: A delicious sweet potato and lentil stew with as many delicious vegetables as you want to add.

Dessert: Ice cream made from almond or coconut milk, or some more delicious sweet fruit.

Variety is the spice of life, and there are so many ways to personalize the plant based diet to your taste and budget. It’s time to stop feeling guilty for eating carbs like fruit, pasta, and rice and instead eat in abundance knowing you are changing your health and saving so many animals lives. These days there are so many alternative products to meat and dairy that anyone can do it! It can help in the beginning of your journey to swap some animal products for healthier alternatives and start adding in as many fruits and veggies as you can. Eventually you will start to feel like there is no room for junk food in your life anymore and you will be on your way to plant based living.

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No comments, Santos, June 20, 2015