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How to Drink Caffeine With Strategy to Boost Your Productivity

How to Drink Caffeine With Strategy to Boost Your Productivity
From Lifehack - January 18, 2018

We have a love-hate relationship with caffeine. We all know consuming too much will lead to a crash, and a headache, but we also know it can be a great energy booster in a pinch. Even if you only have a small serving of caffeine, your body will metabolize it out of your system within 8-14 hours, leading you to feel sluggish and sometimes even sick.1We have a love-hate relationship with caffeine. We all know consuming too much will lead to a crash, and a headache, but we also know it can be a great energy booster in a pinch. Even if you only have a small serving of caffeine, your body will metabolize it out of your system within 8-14 hours, leading you to feel sluggish and sometimes even sick.1

But what if I told you strategically consuming caffeine rather than drinking it habitually could provide an energy reservoir, so to speak, that you could tap into any time you liked?

Drink caffeine strategically

Chris Bailey, the author of The Productivity Project, was also sick of the caffeine hangover, but didnt want to abandon the stuff. So he decided to try something: he consumed caffeine before doing any number of important things. For instance, he would have caffeine before giving a presentation, writing an important article, or just checking off something big on his to-do list. Regardless of what the task was, he made sure it was one that was important and required plenty of focus and brain energy.

The aim of the experiment was simple: how can you make the most of that caffeinated high before the crash comes?Utilize the period before the caffeine crash.

Caffeine prevents your brain from absorbing a chemical called adenosine. This chemical triggers the flags in your brain that let you know youre tired. While caffeine blocks your brain from absorbing the chemical, it continues to build up until caffeine eventually lets your brain absorb it. So at that point, youre going to suddenly feel as though youve been hit by a train and all you want to do is sleep.

But if you drink coffee, or any caffeinated beverage strategically, you can make better use of that time when your brain isnt receiving those signals. In fact, you could even rest intermittently before that crash hits.

What you cant drink

Before you start stocking up on sugary caffeine drinks or whip out your Starbucks mobile app to grab a caffeinated frappuccino, lets get some ground rules out of the way. You cant have sugary or alcoholic caffeinated drinks. These types of beverages come with their own kind of crash, so layering them on is only going to make that hit of adenosine come on harder and faster, ultimately leaving you feeling even worse.

Instead, opt for green tea or matcha. These naturally caffeinated teas are full of antioxidants which can help slow and regulate the caffeine crash.

When to caffeinate

At this point, you might be brewing a cup of coffee already, but be careful not to use caffeine as a band-aid. The goal is to take advantage of the window of productivity, not to continue to consume it until youve gotten through your day and need to sleep. Along those same lines, its important to avoid caffeine as much as possible if youre about to work on something creative; its been shown to hurt right-brain-related tasks.

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