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How Coffee Is Affecting Your Work Day

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Most of the working world is dependent of coffee; and why not? It is a shot of energy when you need it the most. Coffee adds focus so that you’re alert and can get through that pile of work sitting on your desk. But that’s not all there is about coffee. Here are some things you need to know about how coffee is affecting your work.

Helps You Learn Faster

Studies show that you can learn faster when you’re drinking a cup of Joe. This is probably the reason why there are so many coffee shops near schools and universities. The study suggests that the brain on coffee works overtime to help you learn faster while improving information retention. It works the same way if you’re a student or employee so everybody that needs to learn something fast can take advantage of it.

A study published in the journal PLOS shows that 200 milligrams of caffeine is enough to prod the brain to identify words and phrases faster. Aside from improved memory retention, the study also showed increased ability to solve reason-based problems.

Improves Productivity

Research from MIT supports the idea that coffee consumption can help people become more creative individually and in a group setting. For some people, coffee stimulates the brain by improving focus and making way for creative thinking.

Helps With Alertness

Contrary to popular belief, coffee does not wake you up. However, it does stop adenosine (a compound in your brain) from making you sleepy. This substance builds up in your brain throughout the day lowering energy levels and making you sleepy. During the morning, you feel sleepy from the leftover adenosine in your brain. In the afternoons, the buildup makes you sleepy which is why you need another shot of coffee. Aside from increasing your focus, it can also ramp up your brain’s energy levels. More energy for the brain means more focus, improved problem solving and general cognitive function skills.

Social Lubricant

A study from MIT discovered that employees that take coffee breaks together are more productive. The study followed groups of people working in a call center. They found that groups who had coffee breaks together had better performance compared to employees who took coffee breaks alone. Next time you decide to get to know a co-worker with a glass of wine after work, socialize over a cup of coffee instead to perform better while learning about them.

Eases Desk Pain

Do you ever wonder why computer programmers keep sipping cups of coffee while sitting at their desks? This is because consuming coffee has been found to ease pain in the neck, forearms, wrists and shoulders which are often associated with sitting long hours on a desk. A study by the University of Georgia discovered that moderate caffeine consumption can help reduce up to 48% of muscle pain.  But before you chug another cup of coffee, you need to know that caffeine tolerance makes a difference. Habitual coffee drinking can negate the pain relieving experience because you are building up a tolerance.

Coffee Can Make A Stressful Situation More Stressful

Coffee can “exaggerate sympathetic adrenal-medullary responses” to the stressful situations of daily life. This is because caffeine increases blood pressure and spikes adrenalin levels which in turn increase your stress levels. This effect can stay even if you’ve left the office. As we know, high stress levels can interfere with performance and productivity so it’s best to limit your coffee intake at work.

OK With Sleep Deprivation

Drinking coffee makes you okay with sleep deprivation. Over the course of you’re career, you’ve probably stayed late to finish a report or presentation which in turn made you sleep later. Knowing that we have coffee to help us survive another day at work on little sleep makes us comfortable with the situation. However, making a habit of it can be detrimental to your career. Sleep deprivation can make you lose focus, decrease productivity and cause physical and mental health complications.

According to the UK’s National Health Service, the best time for coffee is at 2pm when you’re energy levels are at their lowest. While coffee is a good stimulant, too much caffeine can be bad for you. Limit yourself to 2 cups a day for optimal results in the workplace.

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How Sleep Affects Your Work

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We don’t need any fancy research to know that lack of sleep can affect our work the next day. Insufficient sleep can cause drowsiness, lack of focus and tiredness which can negatively impact productivity. However, sleep is usually the first to go when you’re busy with work or school, parenting or have irregular work schedule. The busyness usually takes up lots of space in our lives, leaving little room for restful sleep. Here are some ways your lack of sleep can affect your business.

More Sick Days

Lack of sleep can lead to more sick days. Lack of sleep impacts the immune system so you are more likely to contract disease like the common cold and can affect how fast you recover from a virus. People who are sleep deprived are also at risk for hypertension. Lack of sleep affects stress hormones, which in turn can raise blood pressure levels.

Lost Productivity

According to a Harvard study, lack of sleep is costing the United States up to $63 billion due to lost productivity. People who do not get enough sleep or suffer from forms of insomnia cost US employers up to 8 days of lost productivity per year. This is because the less you sleep, the less productive you become. You are drowsy, tired, and unfocused at work, resulting in inefficiency.

Helps Prevent Burnout

Burnout can be a big problem in the workplace. Not only does it sap inspiration, but it can also cause job dissatisfaction. Studies show that getting more than 6 hours of sleep every night can help prevent job burnout. It also causes “difficulties detaching from thoughts of work during leisure time”.

Slows Thinking Process

Scientists discovered that sleep deprivation slows down the thinking process. In their study, people who lacked sleep had difficulties concentrating, had reduced capacity for attention and some activities led them to become confused. All of these can affect your abilities to do tasks that call for complexity or logic. People who are sleep deprived find it hard to make decisions because they find it more difficult to assess the situation.

Makes Learning Difficult

Sleep deprivation affects learning 2 ways. First, it makes it difficult to assimilate information because you are having a hard time focusing. Second, lack of sleep does not give neurons enough time to recover, which affects memory negatively. Lack of sleep also slows down reaction time, which is needed when you are driving or doing activities that require speed.

When you get enough sleep, your working memory capacity improves. According to studies by Michigan State, this memory is associated with problem solving, decision making, vocabulary and reading comprehension. This means getting enough shut eye makes you a better decision maker, communicator and troubleshooter.

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Working From Home Hacks From Lazy Experts

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Working from home has become a sought after “side-gig” or “side-hustle” depending on who you follow on Instagram. Following the success of Tim Ferris’ book The 4 Hour Work Week, more entrepreneurs are seeking to work in the comfort of their dwelling rather than commuting to an office. Startup companies are starting to offer work from home options for team members who live too far away. As tempting as it is to work from home, it can be hard to be productive with so many distractions around you. Here are some tips and tricks on how to hack your working from home experience to delivery result.

It Doesn’t Have to Literally be From Home

You don’t have to literally be at home to work from home. We’re social creatures and require human interactions once in a while. Most people who work from home actually don’t just wake up and roll onto their laptop in their slippers and bathrobe. Most people still get dressed appropriately and head to a local coffee shop or library to work. Depending on the type of your work (a recording artist may not do so well in libraries), choose a location that you actually like being in and often times you’ll end up getting more done being out. 

Choose Your Softwares Wisely

Nothing is going to hack your work life more than softwares that are literally made to hack your work life. But often times you’ll end up subscribing to too many softwares that do too many things. And constantly keeping up with them is work itself. Do yourself a favor and choose softwares from the following categories. 

ONE software for Managing your to-do lists and tasks. Our personal favorite is Trello.

ONE software for managing your time (if that’s required of you). There’s a ton of iOS/Android apps for this. We recommend choosing an App on your phone rather than a desktop software.

ONE communication software that’s universal and readily accessible. We prefer Slack as it’s a great chat software for teams, companies, and even with your clients. It’s also free.

Get Dressed

Treat working from home like a real job…because it is. Don’t just roll out of bed and slug your way to your desk and start your day. Make sure to get dressed appropriately as if you’re always expecting a spontaneous video call from your boss.  Getting dressed up does wonders psychologically to boost your productivity. 

Keep Snacks Within Reach

Listen…you’re at home. It’s completely okay to pig out because no one’s watching. No need to hide the snacks in the kitchen or pretend like you’re not going to hunt them down as reward every time you complete a task. Take it from the experts, keep your slacks within arm’s reach. It will save you a TON of time from shamefully raiding the kitchen in between your tasks. You’ll end up wasting more time and be less productive that way. Depending on your diet, we recommend hitting up Home Goods this weekend and collecting those random snack packages that you can never find anywhere else. Whatever you do, don’t ever let your stash run out.

Take 3-4 Breaks a Day

As obvious as this one sounds, many freelancers don’t take enough breaks. When you’re working from home, what matters is that you deliver your work on time. No one is keeping track of how many breaks you take as long as you’re delivering quality work. One of the biggest perks of working from home is the ability to take breaks whenever you want. Don’t let this perk slide and take those breaks. Taking breaks also allows you to release tension and be more productive and energized when you’re actually working.

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Why You Need To Work On What You’re Passionate About In Your 20’s

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When you are in your 20’s, you should work hard on what you are passionate about. Try to set a foundation for a life well-lived. Be a little introspective about yourself and write down your passions and goals that you want to achieve in life. Every person has different sets of dreams and aspirations, but in your twenties, you can come out of your comfort zone and walk an extra mile to achieve your dreams.

Live out of your comfort zone

Twenties are the ideal age to leave the cozy corners of your house and travel as much as you can. If you have the means to travel abroad, do not miss the opportunity to explore the most exotic places on earth. Mingle with different people and learn about their culture. Your perspective about life will gradually change as you communicate with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. You can come out of your inhibitions. The more you travel, the richer experiences you collect for life.

Build meaningful relationships

You have an entire decade with you to understand the value of life. The twenties is the time to recognize and drop your certain friends. Separate yourself from negative influences. It is the time to stick to positive values and find friends for life. As you mature, your relationships should also mature. Interact with your immediate family more often. You should have some shoulders to rely on in the rough waters of your life. Passionate people will connect with entrepreneurs with the same interest.

Learn to adjust and be flexible

You are relatively free from many responsibilities in your twenties. So, this is the perfect period to experiment, fail, and rise back. Take up the challenges that you always thought about. If you fail, you get a lesson for life. If you win, you get more. The challenges make you tough and prepare you for the future. Be sporting to accept both sunshine and storms in your life.

Do not settle down too early

When you get a lucrative job offer, you may feel it’s the right time to settle down. Think outside-the-box and do not settle down in life so early. You have a decade to explore and experiment. If you get a chance, try to change one or two jobs. Diverse work experiences help you identify your field of interest and your potential. You can learn some valuable lessons of life in your field. Do not settle for less. Strive for more. Passionate entrepreneurs will always shoot for the impossible and make it possible.

Live within your means

It is not good to spend entirely what you earn. Do not be a slave to a lavish lifestyle. If you spend your money frivolously, you may not have the funds for your future endeavors. Save some for your future and pursue some interesting hobbies. Save your hard-earned money for some occasional treats for your family. Luxury is a wonderful thing, but only if you can afford it.

The twenties is full of enthusiasm and energy. Make the most of it. Be curious about everything around you and examine what you want to do with your life. Arrange your finances for the future as you have added responsibilities ahead. Take care of your health. Maintain a balance in your life to achieve what you want.

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