As much as people love to think that bloggers just swan around at events/meetings, eating fancy food and doing all of those fabulous darrhhling things, the truth is, we actually work hard. Like, seriously, seriously hard. I’ve cut back on nearly all events and lots of meetings so I can prioritise making the best content I can and this means that I spend the vast majority of my time at my desk.

(Most often with endless mugs of coffee, peanut butter and some sort of chocolate bar #GalaxyOverDairyMilkAllDayLong).

But here’s the thing, sitting in one place all day – desk workers, you’ll know this – can completely squander your productivity levels and there’s nothing worse than being tied to a desk when your mind is fast sleep, so here are some little twists that I add to my day to make sure that I reach maximum productivity.

And don’t get to the end of the day with 2 things ticked off of my to do list and 2934838 things added.

Get outside

I know, I know, it sounds like an excuse to just get away from your desk and “lol, bye work” but walking away from your working area and getting out into the fresh air is the best way to clear your head and recharge your batteries, ready to girl boss the rest of your day. Maybe it’s those infamous endorphins but despite being exercise’s number 1 hater, going for a stroll is something I always look forward to, and if I have a babe’in, sassy new drink to join me on my stroll, all the better ๐Ÿ˜‰

A Starbucks Caffรจ Americano with milk break 

Going out for coffee is one of my favourite things to do – probably because coffee and caffeine run through my veins – but sometimes there isn’t always time to hunt down your local Starbucks to chill out with your favourite drink (my new house is far too far from a Starbucks and I’m almost considering moving out because of it. Lols, you think I’m joking but I’m not definitely not). 

The perfect antidote to the #firstworldproblem that is not being able to get out for coffee is Starbucks’ brand new addition to their number 1 bestselling Chilled Classics range, the Caffรจ Americano with milk. A deliciously chilled and uplifting blend of Starbucks 100% certified Arabica Espresso Roast coffee and creamy milk makes for the most perfect pick me up to your day. It honestly just tastes so, so delicious (but then again, it’s Starbucks so that’s not a huge surprise #number1starbucksfangirl). Basically, whether you’re stressed at work and need a little twist to help boost productivity, or you’re off for a walk and need a tasty companion, or you just fancy a little treat… the Caffรจ Americano with milk is your new – and ridiculously tasty – best friend forever [insert all of the coffee and heart eye’d emoji’s here]. Plus they’re pretty photogenic and make for the perfect Instagram prop so you really can’t go wrong ๐Ÿ˜‰

Available at Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Waitrose, WHSmith, Boots etc. stock up now and thank me later!


Before you all christen me a tree hugging hippie that expects you to whack out a yoga mat in the middle of the office, don’t worry, I’m not quite there yet. But I do absolutely adore yoga to get your zen on and be extra, extra chilled out. It takes you away from your daily life and let’s you – are you ready for the cheesiest phrase in existence? – “be at one with yourself”. It may be that you take your mat to somewhere quiet on your lunch break, or it may be something you use to start your day with, but this little twist is one that will absolutely bust stress levels and get you ticking off your to do list faster than a blogger with their camera whilst walking past the Liberty flower stall.

Call a friend

In this day and age – yes, I just made myself sound 70 years old, I’m well aware – actually picking up the phone and calling someone is incredibly rare. I am so guilty of keeping in touch with people via an Instagram like or a whatsapp message but recently I’ve started to call people (I know, groundbreaking) and I can’t tell you what a difference it’s made. Just having a good ole natter and a good ole laugh, most likely putting the world to rights (and discussing the latest Grey’s anatomy episode) immediately puts the biggest smile on my face, makes me feel a little rested and ultimately, ready to get back on with my day.

Watch a Cat or Dog meme or youtube video

And the award for the most basic person of all time goes to… I am so aware that this probably sounds like the least productive thing to do but try watching a silly video of an oh my god too damn cute cat and not be ridiculously happy and less stressed afterwards. They say it’s the little things in life after all, right? The best thing about this is it takes the smallest amount of time but can make such a big difference. Don’t judge me, cute little animals make me happy, OK? 

Treat yourself to Flowers

Flowers take the crown for the biggest blogger cliche – well, they put in a strong battle against marble and copper for it anyway – but there’s a good reason for it. There’s something about those little bunches of joy that just makes me happy. That just cheers me up, instantly puts a smile on my face and makes everything a little brighter. Now, unfortunately I don’t have a Sugar daddy – vom –  that sends me constant packages of Bloom de fleur flower boxes so flowers aren’t an everyday occurrence for me, but I think it makes it all the more special when you do go out and treat yourself. The perfect, sassy twist to your day that also helps you be productive (and makes your instagram feed look 10x prettier). *runs out in search of peonies and babies breath because #thatclichebloggerlife*

And that brings me to the end of this post. I really hope you enjoyed it, working from home and not being as productive as possible is something that I do struggle with so I hope these little twists can make a difference to your day as much as they do to mine. I’d love to know what your favourite things to do are when you need a little boost? Have you tried the Starbucks Americano with milk chilled classic yet? I always love hearing your thoughts.

As always, thanks so much for reading!


This post is sponsored by Starbucks. All thoughts, photos and extreme love of sassy new chilled classics my own.


  1. Angie Silver says:

    I would be so unproductive without coffee!!

  2. Coffee always helps me to get going when I have a busy day ahead and thanks for the other productivity tips, Elle

  3. Nora Gouma says:

    Great post, the pictures are truly amazing, you look stunning. I love your blog, thank you for sharing!!!


  4. Yiotou_La says:

    Going outside is very therapeutic for me! I love to get out of the house and enjoy nature and its beauties!


  5. Love this post!! I always like buying flowers. Spruces up your home and mood!
    a life of a charlotte

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love, love, love the flowers and I totally agree with watching cat memes.

    Inez | My Small World

  7. Call Me Amy says:

    I love this post – the fact that you've added in cat and dog videos is just the best haha. I love the way you do sponsored content – completely in your own way and never seems sponsored at all! I couldn't get through the day without coffee and I totally agree that getting outside is the best – I feel so sluggish if I haven't left the house!
    Amy xx

  8. Francesca says:

    Really cute post! These are all great tips, I definitely agree with getting outside and getting coffee! I always love to go on a walk after work or when I've been sitting for too long. I always call people too, there's something so much better about hearing a person's voice over a text message!


  9. Going outside is definitely underrated, especially during this wonderful fall weather. Great post! :]

    // โ–ฒ โ–ฒ

  10. Well now I'm craving a Starbucks. Thanks girl.

  11. Mica T says:

    These are good tips! Especially getting outside for a little bit, the break and some fresh air really helps me feel more productive and motivated afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Hope you're having a wonderful start to the week ๐Ÿ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

  12. Going outside I personally feel like is the greatest tip, even if you're just gonna walk outside for a solid 15 minutes, it'll help your productivity !

    Naomi in Wonderland

  13. Sarah A says:

    You look gorgeous in these photos! I always feel like a short walk in the fresh air helps me to be more productive. Recently I started practicing yoga and I can honestly say that I have been feeling much better afterwards! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sarah | What Sarah Writes

  14. crafty-zone says:

    I really like your tips to stay productive, dear Elle, especially I love your advice to go for a short walk and call a friend – recently I've started to call instead of writing text message on whatssapp and I see huge different between those two ways.
    PS: Have a lovely time in Dubai, dear, can't wait to see your traveling diary from this destination ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Laura says:

    Galaxy over Dairy Milk ANY DAY.
    Laura |

  16. Gorgeous photographs Ellie. Getting outside and making the most of the fresh air is my favourite tip x

  17. Beautiful photos! You look lovely and I really like your dress! I've been thinking recently about how if I worked at home all day I'd be so lazy and probably wouldn't get anything done :') I guess you need to keep yourself motivated somehow and not sit scrolling through facebook pointlessly XD I totally agree with your points though ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  18. Gabrielle says:

    Yoda is always a brilliant way to focus your mind, especially at the beginning of the day! I've had a massively unproductive day and so I'll have to keep your tips in mind for tomorrow haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. alittlekiran says:

    Great post, your pictures are stunning. I think having a beautiful workspace is mandatory and makes such a huge difference in your productivity. I did yoga once . . . might need to try it again haha. Thanks for sharing x

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

  20. Rachel-Beth says:

    I work from home too and I agree that it's so hard to stay productive and these ideas are great! I like the idea of doing yoga- it seems pretty relaxing ๐Ÿ™‚ You look so cute in all of these photos

    Rachel xx

  21. Blissy Joyce says:

    Yoga really is an awesome thing to do, I only tried it a few times but this reminded me that I should do it more often.

    Joyce | Joycentricity

  22. Starbucks coffee and the pics are really awesome and great one to see

  23. Ah see when I start watching cat videos on Youtube I just can't stop! It's a killer for my productivity :'(

  24. Lovely pictures, Ellie, and god I needed this post! Really struggling with my productivity levels at the moment! x

    Martha Jane |

  25. Wonderful post. You are so pretty, loved your pictures.
    Your post is so lovely, i buy myself flowers all the time. It means i can have the exact ones i want, its a nice little cheap treat. Cat and dog memes though – the ultimate 'forget about whats going on'. Its nice to have a little non serious time when all you do is try to be a serious adult all day long!

    Thank you
    Charlotte Dawson

  26. I absolutely love the "get outside" part. i always find that when i am working, a short break in the fresh air is all i need to make my mind clear again. Love this post! xx

    Brooke ||

  27. Erin Russell says:

    I love love love the Caramel Machiatto version of this, so so good!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

  28. Alina Bostan says:

    I don't blog full time and now that I am back working, plus looking after Ellie… I only get the evenings to blog and have to try do as much as I can in just a couple of hours. These are all great tips though and I definitely need to try the new Starbucks range x

    Beauty with charm

  29. Liz Tarran says:

    I am exactly the same with flowers! I'm absolutely in love with them, they make me so happy! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liz | LotsofLoveLiz โ™ฅ

  30. I don't usually like coffee but this one is very tasty!
    Taking fresh air, going outside after a full day of work is the BEST part

  31. Firstly, I just wanted to say that you have some great photos on your blog! Secondly, loved your happy tips, It's nice to hear what you do to keep you chilled while working on your blog. I'm not a coffee drinker so try to break my day with some music and dancing and I find I really like to plan things so that I get out of the house each day as working on a blog can become a bit isolated if I'm not careful ๐Ÿ™‚

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