Working from home can be a struggle for many with the endless distractions that one faces at home while trying hard to keep focus. Household chores, kids at home, personal phone calls, meal breaks that last way too long, family members demanding your attention and the temptation to take little naps can make staying productive at work a difficult task.
Well, there is a reason why offices splurge on coffee and promote coffee breaks. It is because coffee stimulates the brain, improving alertness and focus and this helps in productivity throughout the day. Yes, you know it by now that coffee makes any sleepy morning a little bit better. Read on to get educated on how coffee increases productivity and how to optimize your coffee consumption to keep up the productivity while working from home.
How does coffee increase your productivity?
- “Adenosine” is the chemical in your brain that lets you know you are tired and makes you feel sleepy. The caffeine in your cup of coffee puts a halt to adenosine. With the adenosine receptors blocked, your brain no longer thinks it’s sleepy or tired keeping you active and focused at your work.
- Caffeine also ramps up your brain’s energy levels. This helps to increase your memory, focus, and problem-solving ability. So sipping on coffee makes your brain snap to attention, helping you through your tasks for the day.
- Caffeine also increases levels of cortisol and adrenaline in the bloodstream which makes you more energetic, alert, and temporarily increases your physical endurance as well as strength.
- Even the aroma of coffee helps reduce stress and protects the nerve cells from stress-related damage.
How to optimize your coffee consumption to enhance productivity while working from home?
Do not miss your cup of coffee:
If you are used to starting your day at work with a cup of coffee, don’t deprive your brain of it while working from home. Make sure you consume coffee as you do on a regular day at work.
Do not drink coffee soon after you wake up:
Coffee interferes with cortisol production in your brain. It is a hormone that helps to deal with stress and is released soon after you wake up. So your body does not need caffeine at this time of the day. Take your first cup after 10 a.m.
Take your coffee black:
To stay productive, make sure your coffee doesn’t have syrup, sugar, sweetener, whipped cream, colorants or alcohol in it. You may be tempted to experiment with your cup of coffee when working from home, with all the supplies readily available in your kitchen. But these are a big no-no if you want to stay alert and productive throughout the day.
Coffee dehydrates your body and is quite acidic. So make sure you drink enough water and hydrate yourself to ease yourself from the side effects that caffeine can cause.
Invest in a good coffee machine:
Brewing your own coffee from scratch can be time-consuming. 3 in 1 coffee mixes only make you feel lousier with all that sugar and cream content. Invest in a good espresso machine and stock up on quality coffee capsules, so you can get a quality espresso at the press of a button. It also uses less water and energy as it flash heats the water, brewing a consistent cup of espresso every time.
So now that you know the dos and don’ts of drinking coffee during work, go make a cup of joe and get productive!