When was the last time you spent 30 minutes at the task at hand without checking your email or social media feed? In today's digital economy, with so many distractions, it has become increasingly difficult to focus at work. And this directly affects our productivity. We are up late at night scrolling through the social media feeds and then go to the office next day groggy-eyed, barely able to focus at work.
I work for a startup and I know exactly how it feels. So when I see my productivity dipping, I turn to the one thing that has always worked for me. Good old coffee. Coffee is amazing. We have been drinking it since the day it was discovered by grazing goats in African deserts.
Beyond its obvious wake-me-up benefits, coffee also has some very interesting functional properties. It can make for an amazing productivity hack when consumed in the right quantity and at the right time. Some of its benefits are:
Coffee Improves Focus
Coffee contains caffeine which is a central nervous stimulant. Its consumption has been linked to improvement in mental performance, alertness, and focus. According to a study conducted by the European Food Safety Authority, when subjects consumed 75mg caffeine (available in a regular cup of coffee), they showed improved focus.
Coffee Keeps You Alert
Drinking a cup of coffee provides you with anywhere from 100 to 200 mg of caffeine. Caffeine works its magic by binding itself to the adenosine receptors in the brain.
How is that relevant? Well, adenosine is the stuff that makes you sleepy and tired by slowing neural activity. But when you drink coffee, the caffeine binds itself to these receptors so you do not feel any slowdown in neural activity.
Caffeine also causes the release of a hormone called adrenalin. Adrenalin is a flight or fight hormone which is usually released in response to some external threat and gives your body a sudden burst of energy and increases attention level. By stimulating that effect, caffeine makes sure you are ready for that board room presentation or the next set of tasks in front of you.
Coffee Helps Improve Productivity By Creating Social Bonds
Coffee is and has always been a social drink. When you take a break from work to get a cuppa with your friends, you actually improve productivity and this is what a 2010 study by MIT found. Interacting with your co-workers over coffee breaks improves the social strength of those group and has a direct impact on your productivity.
According to another study by desk-time, a productivity app, those workers who worked continuously for 52 minutes and then took a 17 mins break showed the highest productivity. So if you have been working for 52 minutes, maybe it is time to grab a cuppa!
Coffee Can Help Deal With The Physical Pain Of Modern Office Jobs
The modern office job requires us to sit for long periods and takes a toll on our back and neck muscles. The caffeine in coffee is known for its pain-reducing qualities and is one of the main ingredients in many over the counter pain medicines. According to a study by the University of Georgia, consuming 2-3 cups of coffee a day could reduce muscle pain by up to 48%.
Coffee Can Reduce The Stress Related To Lack Of Sleep
Stress is never a good thing. When our body is stressed, it releases a hormone called cortisol. While at a small level this hormone is helpful, if it stays high for a long duration, it could interfere with learning and memory, cause weight gain and depression, and could lower overall life expectancy. Once again coffee comes to the rescue. According to a June 2008 study by Seoul National University, the aroma of coffee has been shown to reduce stress levels.
Coffee Could Make You More Interesting At Work
Knowing your coffee could make for an interesting conversation with your superiors and colleagues. There are nuances to coffee that are worth studying. For example, coffee from different regions of the world and that has undergone different processing and roasting methods feel different on the palate. The same coffee beans could have different mouthfeel and body when brewed using different methods. Knowing your coffee and talking about it could make you look like a true connoisseur and get you that much closer to the next promotion!
We at Bolt Cold Brew (www.boltcoldbrew.com) believe that coffee is a super beverage. We make ours by brewing 100% Arabica beans in cold water for a duration of more than 24 hours. This reduces the acidity significantly while enhancing the flavor profile. We do not recommend adding sugar or any other artificial sweetener to your coffee as it masks the real flavor of the drink. If your coffee is as well made as Bolt Cold Brew, it will have natural sweetness and flavors. However, you can add a little bit of plant-based milk such as Almond or Coconut to enjoy it even more.
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