Avoiding Coffee Spills

13 Jan

Here is my random tip of the day!

I don’t know about anyone else, but I am constantly spilling coffee all over my hand.  Trying to carry the open cup from the coffee pot to a table-top usually leaves me with burn marks and rather loud expressions of words better left unspoken.  0_0

But then, a waitress offered me a little tip.  Did you know that it is easier to carry an open cup of coffee if you don’t look at it?

Really.  Apparently this is some super-secret piece of information known and hidden by waitresses throughout the centuries.  You are less likely to spill your coffee if you don’t look at the cup.  For some reason, trying to watch the cup as you move across the floor makes you more self-conscious about the possibility of harm.  The more aware you are of the danger, the more likely you are to tense up, to hold your hand rigid, and cause an accident.  “Out of sight, out of mind” is actually true here.  If you don’t look at the cup, your mind won’t be as worried about spills and you will be less likely to hurt yourself.

I’ve tried it and it actually works.  I haven’t spilled a cup in a while!  Anyway, there’s my cool news of the day 🙂

2 Responses to “Avoiding Coffee Spills”

  1. wanderoneday January 21, 2013 at 2:55 pm #

    I was a waitress for a while too – I always followed the “just look past the edge of the cup” version. It is similar in that you aren’t looking at it directly and focusing all of your attention on it, but you still can see it out of the corner of your eye and know when you are bouncing around too much.

    • deceptivelyblonde January 21, 2013 at 3:07 pm #

      oooh good idea! I’ll have to try that version too. See, why don’t they tell us this stuff? We need a waitresses manual. One that says how to carry hot coffee without spilling, and juggle 6 plates all at once. 🙂

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