You see, I had two resolutions this year. One was fairly simple... Be more efficient with my time. I have tons of energy thanks to all the Energy Shots I have accumulated, but I am not always the most efficient with time. By combining the focus of my website and the goal of my resolution together... i.e. two birds with one stone, I think I have a time saving solution that serves both purposes.
To start off, my idea actually came from a commercial I saw on TV from 5-Hour Energy. The concept seemed so simple. Avoid the hassle, save time... skip the coffee. If you have not seen the commercial yet from 5-Hour Energy, you will. It's all over TV, Radio and Internet. I think they may have even purchased a media buy in my dreams... If you are curious I below is one of the video's in question, they have other's available on their YouTube Page.
Now I know what you are thinking... you review energy drinks, how dare you drink coffee too? Well, truth be told, I live in Wisconsin. It's freakin cold... and I love energy. So coffee gets the job done, especially on cold days. But I wanted to see if I could actually save a bit of time by skipping my morning cup of Joe.
Before I saw the Commercial from 5-Hour Energy I had never given any thought to how much time I spent each morning making my own coffee. So as an experiment, I decided to spend a week calculating how much time I spent getting my energy from coffee.
Here are my results using a regular coffee machine and making two cups of morning coffee. The results are for a seven day time period.
1) Prepping to Make Coffee (Getting Coffee Pot/Coffee Cup Out, Add Filter, Add Water, Turn On) - 21 Minutes
2) Waiting for Coffee to Be Made - 14 Minutes
3) Pouring Coffee and Adding a bit of Stevia - 5 Minutes
3) Waiting for Coffee to Cool (I like hot coffee, but don't want any McDonalds incidents) - 14 Minutes
4) Putting Away, Cleaning Coffee, Pot, Coffee Mug - 7 Minutes (Im a guy, rinsing and air drying is my idea of cleaning. Would be more time consuming if I was thorough)
***I did not count drive time to purchase coffee/filters etc, as the same amount of time would factor into the equation of getting my fix from energy drinks/shots anyways***
Grand Total for One Week of Getting My Energy From Coffee - 61 Minutes or About 9 Minutes a Day.
So I know what you are thinking, there is No Way it takes almost 9 minutes a day to make a cup of Joe. I didn't think so either. But, when you factor in all the stuff you don't think about like filling, washing, cooling, waiting it ends up being quite a hassle... Oh and don't forget that it's early in the morning... I don't know about you, but I am in semi-slow motion until I get some energy in me.
Now normally I wouldn't be standing with a stop watch timing myself when making coffee. I would be multi-tasking, but nonetheless, making coffee is far more time consuming than I thought. Even if 9 Minutes a Day does not sound like a lot to you, do the math and see what it adds up to... If you spend 9 minutes a day over the course of a year making your own coffee then guess what... About 3,180 minutes or just over 53 Hours a Year are spent making coffee. And I personally only have coffee in the morning... so if you make coffee over lunch or after work, there's even more time spent making coffee.
For me those 3,180 minutes would be better spent on helping me accomplish my other New Year's resolution... Training for a Marathon. That extra 9 minutes is at least an extra mile I can run on the road (or treadmill when it's too cold out, which has been pretty much most of the year so far).
End Result... regardless of the warming effects coffee seems to have on me, I think energy shots and drinks are the way to go.