Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Things to do whilst the kettle boils

things to do waiting for the kettle to boil

Following on from my love of tea post yesterday, if you haven’t figured it out by now, I flippin love a good cup of tea, so it’s not surprising when I say I spend an inordinate amount of my time standing in front of the kettle waiting for it to boil. It’s like watching paint dry, and I swear the kettle takes twice as long to boil when I’m watching it too - I think I make it nervous or something? I’ve got it in my head that I always need to be doing something productive, and as productive as tea making is (in my book anyway), waiting for the kettle to boil is boring, and unproductive.

Productive things to do whilst the kettle boils


I kid you not! It takes 2 - 4 minutes for the kettle to boil, longer if you’re boiling it on the hob so it’s super easy to squeeze in a HIIT workout; jumping jacks, high knees, mountain climbers, squats, or if you’ve got some tins of beans on hand, a few bicep curls. These tiny bursts of exercise are super effective (says a BBC Horizons show I watched) at improving cardiovascular function, helping to reduce cholesterol and improve overall fitness. Literally, drop and give me 20!

Whats App

I cannot for the life of me get on top of large group chats! As much as I love them, and the people in them, I struggle to keep up with what's going on! So I’ll start catching up whilst the kettle boils and by the time I’ve made my tea, let it cool and drank it down - I might have finally caught up! 


I can easily get a couple of pages read in the time it takes the kettle to boil, and let’s face it, I could use all the extra reading time I could find right now! I’ve got a to-be-read list as long as my arm! This was something I used to do when I was in Uni and had a mountain of journal articles to read it really helped! I know, I know, it’s only a couple of minutes but look at it this way, if you have 5 brews a day, there's 20 minutes, which could be at least one extra paper read!


Taking my nail varnish off, plucking my eyebrows or popping on a face mask, all things I can get done before I sit down with my beloved brew. I’m a multi-tasker, I have to feel like I’m doing all the things. It’s a curse. I swear.

Blog related things

Scheduling tweets, uploading pictures for upcoming blog posts, Instagramming the last thing I ate, I can get a truckload of bloggy things done, which makes me feel like a much more productive blogger, instead of a last minute throw it up and not see the spelling mistake in the header image until a week later blogger (true story). 

Are you all about doing all the things, multi-tasking, squats as you wash the dishes kinda person, or one thing at a time like you’ve got all the time in the world?

Until next time, 

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