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Bodum Pavina: Today’s Cure for Desk Boredom

Bored? Staring at yet another day of SEO from your desk or laptop, and less than thrilled with the idea? To much grunt work awaiting, so no time to explore and refresh the curiosity brain cells, yet feeling less than stellar in the productivity department due to that blah-zay boredom? Yeah, me too.

Truth is, obligation stifles creativity. But creativity drives productivity for many SEOs like me. The thrill of a “brilliant idea” can spawn highly-productive spurts of activity that outperform competitors, even when they spend weeks buying links. In SEO, the smart strategy outperforms and outlasts all but the most aggressive brute-force methods. So how to you break free of the doldrums while remaining productive? The little things count.

For me today it is my new coffee glass. A simple addition to my desk… it’s a Bodum Pavina thermal goblet. Winner of European design awards, it is elegant and simple. It’s a double-walled, clear thermal glass made of the same high-termperature silica quartz I used for materials testing back in my first engineering job out of college. Light as a feather, it feels like a wine goblet in my hand. It’s cool to the touch, yet filled with steaming hot coffee.

Did that sound like promotional copy? Suspect a “sponsored post” ? Nah. I paid full retail ($20) at a local store I shall not name. I have no connections at all to Bodum. How could something so simple be so motivating? That doesn’t really matter, does it? It feels good, and it’s just for me, and that’s apparently what I needed at the moment.

Related info: I only drink french press coffee at home. I have a Bodum french press, and have had several of them over the years. Starbucks sells Bodum french presses, but not the Pavina glasses. I found them at a local high-end home store… look for a place that sells things like Reidel stemless stemware (another great feel-good addition to the home, by the way).


  1. kid disco wrote:

    LOVE the first two paragraphs. I wish you could expand on them in a different direction… I’m not sure how, though… otherwise, I’d do it. :P

    Wednesday, June 6, 2007 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  2. Matt Ridout wrote:

    Great post and so true! Speaking from a fellow SEO

    Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 4:29 am | Permalink
  3. Austin wrote:

    Hmm. I go looking for a boredom cure and end up here. Maybe I should invest in one of those cups – lol

    Back to the grind…

    Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
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    Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink