Healthy and Sane

Productivity can lead to work satisfaction?

March 31st, 2010 · 18 Comments · breakfast, crock pot meals

How many of you guys are sneaking around at work and reading blogs? Sometime last week I realized I had a little problem. I was opening up my google reader not only during my lunch break but every time I needed a little mental break. Sure, all the guys around me are reading sports and other “man magazines,” but regardless – I wasn’t feeling comfortable with my little addiction of blog reading in between reports and meetings. So I did something that changed my work productivity drastically! I downloaded LeachBlock and blocked google reader from 9-12 and 1-5. This way I can still enjoy a little reading on my lunch break, but during any other time, it’s all work. I’ve been feeling SO much more productive and it’s making me so happy. Every day by 5pm, I feel like I’ve done 10 hours of work. I’ve been just flying through stuff. It’s been awesome. Who knew that work satisfaction was achievable by doing more work? PS – Healthy and Sane of course should be excluded from any blocked blogs. 😉

Anyways, just wanted to share this little tidbit with you – moving on to today’s eats…


Banana walnut muffin

So much nutty goodness :)

Plain oikos with chia seeds

2 clementines (eek, these guys look veiny)


Leftover scallops with champagne mushroom sauce and orzo

+ roasted broccoli (coconut oil + S&P, roasted at 425* for 40 minutes)

Most delicious lunch I’ve had in a while. So so satisfying!!!


Packed for work, all consumed 😀


A few days ago I asked Adam if he had any requests for this week’s menu. He asked that we have some red meat soon. I decided to cook some up today by utilizing our crock pot once again since I had my photography class at night. Guys, the crock pot is quickly becoming my favorite kitchen gadget. It’s so perfect for busy nights!

I followed this recipe for slow cooker Cuban braised beef and peppers, using organic grass-fed sirloin and omitting the onions. I served this deliciousness over whole wheat couscous and a few lime wedges. The beef was incredibly tender and the tomatoes basically melted and kept everything super juicy. Another winner! 😀

I also had 1/2 banana bread larabar during photography class, which was really informative. I actually understand shutter speed, aperture and ISO now. The instructor said that we won’t be allowed to shoot in automatic after next week. Scary and exciting! :mrgreen:

And once again it’s past my bedtime…. See you later, kiddos. Thanks for reading. You guys are the best! 😀

Question of the day: how many hours a day/week, do you spend on blog reading?

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18 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Madeline - Greens and Jeans

    I’m very impressed with your page blocker! It’s amazing how much we slack off without even realizing it!

  • #2 - Candice

    I spend a lot of time on blogs during the day. Honestly, my job is slow right now and it’s a way to pass the time. Once I’m anywhere but work the time is much, much less.

  • #3 - Matt

    Ooops ignore my last comment. Wrong post!

    I probably spend about two hours reading blogs, but I am doing other stuff in that time as well. It is a nice break for a few minutes at a time.

  • #4 - Lauren @ Eater not a runner

    I definitely read them on and off all day through work as a break….it’s addicting!

  • #5 - Amanda @ LessonsInModeration

    You blocked your Google Reader????? That is very brave of you. I do spend at least an hour a day reading blogs on top of the time I take for lunch so you could be on to something. I do agree when you have a day when it’s all business you do leave work feeling happier. Just have to say all your blog posts are so relevant to my life right now. Love it!

  • #6 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    That shrimp dish looks incredible!

    kudos on your self control with google reader. I totally fall into that all the time. When work is busy though I come home and see my google reader and it’s obvious I haven’t been on in quite a while.

  • #7 - Christie {Honoring Health}

    Way too many. I try to get them all read in the am before work but sometimes it just doesn’t happen that way. Sigh.

  • #8 - Carly

    I’m becoming a huge crock pot fan as well :) And I also have made that same beef recipe and LOVE it!
    On reading blogs… depends on how much work I have each day. If I decided NOT to bring work home I read blogs for a while. If I have a lot of work to do, then I skim through my favs and move on :)

  • #9 - Melissa

    I’m at work right now reading this, maybe I should try the blocking thing too….

  • #10 - sarah (the SHU box)

    i think i need to set some sort of limits, too. i like your blocker idea . . .

  • #11 - Sophie @ yumventures

    I feel so bad when I get behind on reading blogs…plus it intimidating when you see 96 unread posts all at once! I read at work too, in the morning and during lunch, but I should stop. I like your idea!

  • #12 - RunToTheFinish

    actually…this was a really great post! I was so much better whe nI worked in the office, but here at home I do read way too much during the day and I don’t like feeling that I haven’t done enough

  • #13 - MelissaNibbles

    If I didn’t have blogs to read, I would stare at the wall all day. I’m done with all my work by 10am. Seriously, I get paid to read blogs.

  • #14 - Cara

    How many hours do I spend on reading blogs? Oh, let’s just say it’s a total addiction. I could definitely stand to benefit from that website 😉

  • #15 - Shannon

    that dinner looks fabulous!! and i need to cut back on my blog reading… and totally need that website for work 😉

  • #16 - Food education

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  • #17 - Lara (Thinspired)

    I meant to write this in my last comment–Matt hates cilantro, too! I don’t get it–it’s one of my favorite garnishes.

    You have some serious discipline for downloading that. As I type this I am at work, however, I’m off the hook, because it’s sort of my job now to be blogging 😉

  • #18 - Dominique

    I haven’t had an office job in years so my blog reading is done during breaks on my iPhone or when I get home from work. There was a time when my bookmarked list of blogs was getting ridiculously long…I’d spend way too much time updating myself on everyone’s blogs. I had to delete a few that weren’t updating on a regular basis (ie: no new post in 6 months meant deletion). I felt made but hours spent blog reading was a serious call for action.