Coffee and I have a long history. We've been through a lot together; late nights, early mornings. Sometimes it's seen as a nice little boost, but usually it becomes a crutch. And if you're like me and 29% of the population, you get coffee poops. This is where after finishing a cup, a bathroom trip is Sharpied into the agenda almost immediately. In addition to that, you have to wait in lines, pay for the dang things, and add your creams and sugars. None of this is earth-shattering, but let's take a look at my coffee habits from a year ago and see what has changed and how I've benefitted. The points highlighted will be from the most intense phase of the java addiction.
- 3 grande lattes per week in the mornings ($4 x 3 days = $12/week)
- 2 breakfast sandwiches to go along with some of those lattes ($3 x 2 days = $6/week)
- 1 weekend latte ($4/week)
- Travel and wait time (10 minutes x 4 visits = 40 minutes/week)
- 5 cups of work coffee per week (free, but 5 minutes to make x 5 days = 25 minutes/week)
- 5 subsequent coffee poops (10 minutes per = 50 minutes/week)
- 15 minutes to get back into the flow of work (5 cups + 5 poops = 150 minutes/week)
In this list I have included all the major aspects of my coffee habits, including the breakfast sandwiches I only bought because I was in a Starbucks. If we add this all up, it comes out to $22 per week and 265 minutes spent. That's four-and-a-half hours per week! Now let's extrapolate this out over the course of a year.
$22 x 52 weeks = $1,144!
265 minutes x 52 weeks = 13,780 minutes!
That's over a grand every year and 230 hours! That many hours covers 29 entire business days' worth of time. My unnecessary coffee habit was sucking up an entire month worth of work time every year. That's insane! When it's spread out in little chunks, it doesn't feel like much, but when you add it all up, it's feels so very wasteful.
If you're a smoker, you should do a similar calculation to see the actual cost of smoking several times every day. We only have so many hours on this planet; best not be wasting it on things that aren't really helping us at all.