December 6, 2017

Efficiency Experiment: The Results

If you read my last blog post (you better have), you know I tried to be as efficient as possible a week and a half ago.

No distractions. No wasting time. No pointless actions.
"Match your actions with your ambitions"
So, how did I do? Did I work for 16 hours straight without any breaks? 

Well, here are the "results."

I mean this when I say this: I stayed focused on the task on hand without distractions or aimlessly looking at my phone for the entire day besides these two instances (Netflix and Social Media)

I didn't count the time I took to workout and eat because I figured these parts of my life are essential in order to stay healthy.

Sorry not sorry.

Was there any point of doing this for ONE DAY? What's the whole idea of being extra focused for one day and then going back to my "old ways?"

I consider myself someone who is focused and with the ability to regroup after being distracted. There were times when I wanted to just "chill," sit back and check Instagram. There were times I wanted to watch another Stranger Things.

Of course, it's healthy to take breaks and give yourself a mental break for clarity. However, whenever I sit down with the intention to complete a task, I make a conscious effort to complete it after I start it.

Finish what you started, man.
Here's how I do it:
  • Set a timer.
  • One hour.
  • After that hour is complete, take a 10 minute break.
  • Then get right back to it.

It becomes a game. You against the clock. Who's going to win? You have plenty of time EVERY DAY to complete the majority of things you want to do.

It all comes down to how you're spending your time.

How are you spending your time when you're awake? 

I'm not going to take notes every time I "slip up" or get distracted. However, I am going to have the quote "Match your actions with your ambitions" in the back of my head whenever I set out to do something. Big or small.

Give it a try and let me know if you have any other ways to consistently stay focused.

November 9, 2017

The Efficiency Experiment

Have you ever found yourself stuck in a rut?

Maybe you had some positive momentum going and then it just stopped. You feel stagnant and without inspiration or motivation to keep moving forward.

This happens to the best of us. But what can we do to rid this mindset and keep moving?

In Grant Cardone's book, Sell or Be Sold, he talks about how he stays on track.

Making the most out of every day/hour/minute is what keeps him energized. Once extremely distracted, he has a routine set in place that allows him to be focused 24/7.

I've taken this to heart when taking a glance at my every day actions.

Am I really putting all my effort towards my goals? Do my actions match my ambitions?

If you live your life and have the mindset of maximizing every opportunity, there will be much less friction and feeling of being "stuck."

The phrase, "Match your actions with your ambition,"is so powerful when considering if you are being productive. How many minutes....hours do you spend scrolling through Facebook? Are you checking your email every 20 minutes? Whatever it is, we all have it.

TODAY - I am going to challenge myself to be as productive as possible. Every time I find myself off track or doing something mindless that doesn't benefit my goals, I will write it down.

I challenge YOU to try this for at least one day. I've never tried something like this before, so I will be sure to share my results with you.

Good luck!

P.S. - If you're reading this, it's likely you've already slipped up and are already distracted ;)

October 24, 2017

Are you F'REAL?

Show me someone who doesn't like smoothies, and I'll show you a liar.
Everyone loves smoothies - especially F'REAL smoothies. If you're reading this, you have the opportunity of a lifetime (kinda). If it is your life goal and dream to receive a FREE F'REAL smoothie, then you're in the right place.

OK - all jokes aside - we're giving away THREE smoothies to our loyal followers.

Here's how you WIN:
  1. Take a photo of you eating at your favorite spot on campus
  2. Post it to your Instagram Story AND tag @uwecdining
  3. Direct Message us when you're done
  4. WIN a Smoothie :)
Only the first THREE contestants will be able to win; so BE READY!

October 10, 2017

Convert on your Inspiration

Do you consider yourself someone who is easily inspired?

We've all gone through times when we see a video on Facebook or YouTube and want to act right away. Maybe you see a photo of someone in super good shape or see someone living a luxurious lifestyle and think, "I can do that. Let's get started."

That's awesome. Those things can be used for motivation to be more efficient in your every day lives. However, more often than not, you may fall into the trap of staying still and not moving - not acting - not doing.

You tell yourself, "I'll do it later."

"I'll start eating healthy tomorrow."
"I'll start studying tomorrow."
"I'll just wake up early and do it."
"I'm too tired."

I'm not saying I've never said these type of things. I've had my FAIR share of times I've taken the easy way out and stayed stagnant. I've made the conscious effort to push past this barrier and attack things as soon as I feel that feeling of inspiration or motivation.

Creating a To-Do List for the week is great. Writing down your thoughts reinforces your priorities and keeps your mind in the right state.

I have found I am much more efficient if I only write down things I want to get done THAT day. This means I create my plan of action the night before. I do have a calendar with important due dates because I like to know what is ahead.

Instead of compiling a long list of things I need to complete, I create a step-by-step plan. This gets rid of the overwhelming feeling of seeing a huge list of things that need to be done.

I call it a "Plan of Action." You can prioritize your tasks whatever way you want. Say you want to knock out the most important things first or complete the tasks that are most time-sensitive. Whatever it may  be.

What I do may be different than what you do. Maybe you like to procrastinate, and that's how you get things done.

Not me.

I like to get things done that matter most right away so I don't have to stress and constantly be thinking of when I will attack that action.

Now that I'm back in school, I have to be more aware since I have multiple responsibilities. Even if you're not going to school and don't have "many" responsibilities, you can use this "Plan of Action" strategy to improve in your personal life.

Maybe you want to read more. Maybe you want to start waking up earlier and going to bed earlier. Write out a plan of attack so you can stick to it. They say a behavior becomes a habit after 21 occurrences. 

Hold yourself accountable.

How do you stay on track? I'd love to hear what works for you!

September 29, 2017

Two Words - FREE MONEY

Blugold Diner’s Club Bonus Day.

Say what?

Blugold Diner’s Club is tailored to students living in Chancellor’s Hall, Haymarket Landing, Mogenson Hall, Priory Hall and off campus. Of course, faculty and staff can be members of this meal plan too.

What does it entail? What is Blugold Diner’s Club?

If I had to describe Diner’s Club in one sentence, I would tell you,

“You choose what you pay for.”

Essentially, you are the one who chooses your deposit amount. With other meal plans, it is one set price.

With Diner’s Club, you have the power.

I’ll give you a scenario. Let’s say you’re a junior living in Chancellor’s Hall. You have a kitchen in your apartment-style dorm and enjoy cooking once in a while. Diner’s Club would be the most logical meal plan to purchase because you won’t be wanting to go to the cafeteria and walking all the way down the hill for every meal.

Here’s the big catch.

Two times per semester, all Blugold Diner’s Club members have the opportunity to deposit money into their account. What’s even better is that they can get 10 percent back of that deposit.

So, you’re saying if I deposited $300 I would get $30 back? Isn’t that just like getting free money?

You bet!

Once you make a deposit, you will receive a Blugold Dining gift card for 10 percent of the amount you deposited.

If that’s not enough reasons you should become a Blugold Diner’s Club member, you can read more HERE. Make sure to follow us on Instagram too for EXCLUSIVE OFFERS!

September 13, 2017

What's Up! Name's John. Let Me Tell You What I Do.

Hi, everyone! Before we jump into things, I’d just like to take the time to introduce myself. My name is John Mattison, and I am the marketing intern for Blugold Dining.

Marketing Intern for Blugold Dining? What does that even mean? What do you do? Do you cook the food? Are you a cashier? Oh, I bet you clean the tables and take out the trash at the end of the day, don’t ya?

Not quite.

Now that we’re all back to school, let’s take a quiz. If you get the answer correct, you win yourself a pat on the back. The best kind of prize there is.

What does John do as a marketing intern for Blugold Dining?

A) Create & post content on social media
B) Host & work at events around campus
C) Work alongside the Campus Harvest group
D) Brainstorm promotional ideas with the Blugold Dining marketing team
E) All of the above

If you chose option E, you’re the best. Seriously, you are. You’re a Blugold.

Now that you know what I do as an intern, let me tell you more about myself.

I’m a fifth year senior at the university majoring in marketing and public relations.

I was born in Rochester, Minnesota and came to Eau Claire wanting to become a Physical Therapist. I started out majoring in Kinesiology. Soon after I completed my first anatomy class, I realized it wasn’t for me. I did my research, talked to multiple advisers and figured out I wanted to major in communications. So, at the beginning of sophomore year, I declared my major as Integrated Strategic Communication-Public Relations. That’s a mouthful.

By the end of sophomore year, a light bulb sparked in my brain as I found out I’m super interested in the business side of things. I have always been competitive and sports-minded as I played basketball all the way through my freshman year here at Eau Claire. That being said, I wanted to bring that competitive edge to the business world, specifically marketing.

If you see a trend within the way my college career is going, you’re right. A lot of change has occurred. I declared my second major as marketing at the end of sophomore year. I went from Physical Therapy to Public Relations to adding Marketing to my degree audit in the span of under three years.


As I approached my junior year, I knew what industry I wanted to have a career in. For most of my friends, they had it set in stone what they wanted to do when they arrived on their first day of college. Things weren’t as easy deciding for me. Being someone who changes his mind so often, I was extremely satisfied finally knowing I was on the correct path.

Skip ahead to this year – my fifth and final year. Yes, I know, you’re probably thinking, “Oh, you’re a fifth-year senior? Just get out of here already.” Or maybe you’re thinking, “Wow, a fifth-year senior? I bet you’re like super smart and stuff!”

I’ll take the second one.


I’m going into my last full year at UW-Eau Claire. Let me tell you what I did this summer since I know you’re all dying to hear. As every college student knows, or at least should know, internships and work experience are important when applying for jobs. I’ve been blessed to have three internships in my time at college. This summer I had the life-changing opportunity to intern with USA TODAY in its Creative Strategy and Marketing department. I should also mention that it was located in New York City.

I’ll talk about internships and their value another time because there is so much to tell you about and what I learned. I just wanted to use this post to introduce myself, tell you some basics of what I do for Blugold Dining and hopefully bring you some value or escapism from studying.

I graduate this spring, so I will be passing off the intern torch before graduation. So, if you are interested in possibly taking my place next year, I would love to chat with you.

If you have any questions regarding Blugold Dining, meal plans, or just want to talk about life, shoot me an email at

I’m looking forward to interacting with you this year! If you have any recommendations about anything - I mean anything - let me know! 

Make sure you follow UWEC Dining on Instagram for cool tips, prizes, giveaways, etc.

Cheers to an awesome year!