Freelancers need to make the most out of their time. The more things we can do in an hour means the more income we can get for our goals.
But it’s not every day that we are 100% productive. There are certainly times when we are ineffective. We open our laptop. Try to work, but we feel groggy even if we just woke up. What to do then?
Drink coffee! People drink coffee to have that productivity burst. Caffeine is said to give out alertness, primarily upon waking up. That one heavenly cup can heighten our senses and enable us to work at 101%.
But aren’t you curious? What’s actually in coffee that can make this effect?
The Science of Caffeine
The answer is caffeine! Or what caffeine does to our body. To further understand, let me explain adenosine and adenosine receptors first.
In simple terms, adenosine is the molecule responsible for slowing down the brain to prepare us for sleep. When the brain produces Adenosine and Adenosine receptors receive a significant amount, we feel drowsy and slowly fall asleep.
Under the microscope, caffeine looks similar to adenosine. When ingested, it binds to the adenosine receptors and eventually blocks adenosine from being absorbed — preventing us from feeling sleepy.
But take note, it blocks not clears adenosine. It means caffeine doesn’t give energy; it just blocks the current adenosine to be absorbed. That’s the reason why people crash down after the effects of caffeine wear off.
Knowing this fact, we can take advantage of coffee the right way. Here are 4 tips to take advantage of coffee for peak productivity.
Caffeine Should Be Taken Before You’re Sleepy
Remember, caffeine only blocks adenosine receptors. It does not cleanse the sleep-inducing molecules. Therefore, it would not have any effect if you are groggy already.
If you have a long day, better take caffeine before you feel sleepy. It will take trial and error. But if you can pinpoint your most hectic hours, coffee will be heaven-sent for you.
Take a Power Nap After Drinking Coffee
If caffeine doesn’t flush out the adenosine, what does? One way is through sleep. It’s a powerful tip to take a quick 15-minute nap immediately after you drink coffee.
It would flush out the adenosine from the body. And combined with the blocking effects of caffeine, you will feel rejuvenated when you wake up for the whole day.
Know the Time Limit of Caffeine
The effect of caffeine doesn’t last the whole day. It’s best to know the time limit before it wore off.
Coffee works for around 5-6 hours. You need to take note of this because you don’t want to feel awake when you don’t need it. You want to use it in the hours you are most busy with tasks, not on the downtimes. You don’t want to be awake because you can’t sleep.
For example, you drank coffee at 7 PM and wonder why you can’t sleep at 3 AM. It would definitely affect your productivity for the next working day.
You better time your coffee drinking accordingly.
For freelancers, coffee can be a major part of your lifestyle. The good news is it offers a lot of benefits. With the tips above, I hope you can make the most out of your coffee drinking needs. Good luck!