Freelancer Productivity: How to Effectively Use Caffeine to Boost Your Output Every Day!

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As a freelancer, we have our time as our commodity in trade. The more we can do in a span of X hours generally means more income for us. Just get more jobs to reach financial freedom, right?

Easier said than done. We are only human. If only we can work 24/7 to meet our financial goals faster, why not? But you can't be at your 100% all the time. We also don't want to give out lackluster output.

That's why, like the superheroes in our video games, we need power-ups and boosters! And arguably, the most useful one in real life is *prepare shining lights and fanfare* the glorious caffeine! 

Yes, Caffeine! The good news is: do you know that you can gain more from every sip of this productivity miracle? How? Let me tell you. This is how to effectively use caffeine to boost your productivity every day.

 

Caffeine, Science, and Our Body

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Caffeine, Science, and Our Body


Before we delve into specifics, let us understand how caffeine affects our body. Watch this video for information about caffeine: 

 


First, let me introduce you to adenosine. It's a molecule responsible for slowing down our brain functions so that we can prepare for sleep.

When we ingest caffeine, the caffeine binds in the receptors where adenosine should go. In return, it just floats around. The brain doesn't get the signal that it needs to be slow down.

Mind you, caffeine doesn't increase energy. It just blocks the adenosine hormone from getting received. This is why people crash down after the effect wears off.

And you don’t want that. What we suggest is follow these tips to make the most out of your caffeine intake.

 

Wait a Few Hours in the Morning Before You Drink Caffeine.

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Wait a Few Hours in the Morning Before You Drink Caffeine.


When we wake up, our body produces cortisol in the morning. Cortisol is the reverse of adenosine, where it aims to slowly wake us up. So upon waking up, it's better not to take caffeine because the abundance of cortisol keeps its effect at a minimum.

Better take caffeine after you are fully awake.

 

Take Caffeine Before You Feel Sleepy, Not When You Are Groggy Already.

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Take Caffeine Before You Feel Sleepy, Not When You Are Groggy Already.


Remember our discussion earlier about adenosine? When you feel groggy, it means that the adenosine has reached your brain receptors already. Blocking it WOULD NOT take the grogginess away.

That explains why I can't sleep when I drink coffee even if I still feel sleepy. We suggest that before you reach this grogginess, that's the time you take caffeine. The adenosine hasn't reached the receptors yet so you can operate at close to 100%.

This would need trial and error though because you should know at around what time your energy plummets. For most people, it might be after lunch. Do monitor your body.

 

Take a Quick Nap after Taking Caffeine.

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Take a Quick Nap after Taking Caffeine.


This might be a new life hack for you. When you drink coffee, the caffeine takes time before it reaches your brain. What you can do is take a quick 15-minute nap immediately after taking coffee.

This would let the brain reduce the adenosine in your body. And when you wake up, you will feel refreshed for a longer period of time due to the caffeine blocking the adenosine receptors.

The decrease in Adenosine plus adenosine blockers, it's like a real-life cheat code!

 

Know When to Last Take Your Caffeine

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Know When to Last Take Your Caffeine


Another thing you need to consider is that caffeine lasts for around 5-6 hours. Keep this in mind because you don't want to be drinking it when you don't need it.

For example, I don't get why I can't sleep until 3 AM when I drink coffee at 7 PM. After researching, here is the answer. By not being able to sleep, your productivity for the next day will surely be hit.

Better time your caffeine intake properly.

 

Conclusion


Caffeine is certainly a good booster for our productivity. But by doing the tips above, you are now sure to maximize it more for the betterment of your freelancing career! Good luck!

 


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