Daily Tasks To Knock Out While Waiting For The Kettle To Boil

As a tea drinker who makes one cup at a time, and does this several times a day, this writer spends much of the day waiting for the kettle to boil. Like, collectively, about half an hour. That’s a lot of time. And like the old adage says, “A watched pot never boils.”

So, to solve this problem, as part of the daily routine, while the tea water is heating, other household tasks that don’t take all that long to do get done during the wait. Things like:

  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Hand-wash good kitchen knives (which should never go in the dishwasher)
  • Sweep the kitchen floor or the stairs (sometimes both)
  • Start a load of laundry or fold the one left in the dryer last night
  • Water the outdoor herbs and/or the indoor plants
  • Take out the trash and/or the recycling
  • Cut a whole melon into chunks to go in the refrigerator
  • Chop veggies for the omelette that will go with the tea
  • Make a grocery list
  • Wipe down the counters
  • Clean out a shelf or two in the fridge, the pantry or a cabinet
  • Start a meal in a slow cooker

There are people out there who also exercise while waiting for the tea kettle to boil. Simple exercises, like:

  • Walking in place
  • Calf stretches or any other kind of slow, careful stretch
  • Knee lifts or deep knee bends

And then there are suggestions out there from the earth children:

  • Take off shoes and walk in the grass for a few minutes
  • Do some deep breathing (don’t forget to use the lower abdominal muscles for this)
  • Give yourself a light massage

So, there you have it. Boiling water for tea does not have to be a wasted five minutes out of the day every time it happens. In fact, a lot can get done.



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