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Tell a caffeine addict she can’t drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and things could get a little ugly—or maybe not.
Coffee is more than just a fetishized drink or a daily ritual. It has the power to transform your productivity. But maybe we’ve been going about it all wrong.
Researcher Steven Miller of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesada found that because our bodies already produce natural hormones that make us feel more alert at certain times in the day, we should curb our caffeine consumption during these times so as not to diminish its effect when we need it most.
He found that the best times to drink coffee (or any caffeinated beverage) for those who wake up between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. is from 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and between 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., since this is when our cortisol levels usually drop off and we begin to feel sluggish.
In other words, having a cup of coffee when you first get up doesn’t actually make you feel more awake.
While the science behind this seemed pretty sound, we wanted to know if the payoff for adjusting our coffee consumption is worth the sacrifice. Some were able to pull it off and loved the results, while others weren’t even able to make a dent in the challenge.
Here’s what happened>
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fastcompany:

Tell a caffeine addict she can’t drink a cup of coffee first thing in the morning and things could get a little ugly—or maybe not.

Coffee is more than just a fetishized drink or a daily ritual. It has the power to transform your productivity. But maybe we’ve been going about it all wrong.

Researcher Steven Miller of the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesada found that because our bodies already produce natural hormones that make us feel more alert at certain times in the day, we should curb our caffeine consumption during these times so as not to diminish its effect when we need it most.

He found that the best times to drink coffee (or any caffeinated beverage) for those who wake up between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. is from 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. and between 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., since this is when our cortisol levels usually drop off and we begin to feel sluggish.

In other words, having a cup of coffee when you first get up doesn’t actually make you feel more awake.

While the science behind this seemed pretty sound, we wanted to know if the payoff for adjusting our coffee consumption is worth the sacrifice. Some were able to pull it off and loved the results, while others weren’t even able to make a dent in the challenge.

Here’s what happened>

The 40-hour workweek is mostly a thing of the past…

Taking some time off actually improves a worker’s productivity at work. A study from Ernst & Young found that every ten hours of vacation time taken by an employee boosted her year-end performance rating by 8 percent and lowered turnover. Former NASA scientists found that people who take vacations experience an 82 percent increase in job performance upon their return, with longer vacations making more of an impact than short ones.

You’re working too hard.

Why not avoid work altogether, or at least live knowing that presence is more intricate and rewarding an art than productivity?

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Why Companies Fail To Engage Today's Workforce: The Overwhelmed Employee

Going Above and Beyond Does Not Pay Off

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

Small Changes Ripple Outward: Creating lasting positive change

  • 3 Gratitudes (daily)
  • Journaling (1 positive thing daily)
  • Excercise
  • Meditation
  • Random Acts of Kindness
But what Office provides is a language for doing office things. You don’t go in front of an audience without a PowerPoint deck. Businesspeople “live” in Excel; its language (it actually is a crypto-programming language) has become the language of money and budgets. For people who do work with symbols and language to make a living, they organize their thoughts into the containers and systems that Office provide. Office is not so much a software product as much as a dialect that we all speak in order to work.

The Great Works of Software — Medium (via thisistheverge)

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Tales From the Classroom: The Importance of Time Management 

During my first two years of teaching, it seemed as if I had no personal life. The demands of learning the craft required so much of my time and energy that I would often work 12 to 15 hours a day, with little energy or free time left over. I felt stressed and personally unfulfilled. I started to question whether teaching was a viable career for me.
 This year—my third—I decided that things would be different.

Read how…  
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Tales From the Classroom: The Importance of Time Management

During my first two years of teaching, it seemed as if I had no personal life. The demands of learning the craft required so much of my time and energy that I would often work 12 to 15 hours a day, with little energy or free time left over. I felt stressed and personally unfulfilled. I started to question whether teaching was a viable career for me.

This year—my third—I decided that things would be different.

Read how…  

image via flickr:CC | Flotographic Arts

The Polar Vortex Has Made You More Productive

We found that, on a bad-weather day, people are better at focusing on their work not because the weather makes them grumpy but because they have fewer distracting thoughts about what they might otherwise be doing outside. Indeed, cognitive distractions and error rates were greater on nice days than on bad-weather days. 
Given that the weather is beyond their control, how can managers leverage this information?

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The Polar Vortex Has Made You More Productive

We found that, on a bad-weather day, people are better at focusing on their work not because the weather makes them grumpy but because they have fewer distracting thoughts about what they might otherwise be doing outside. Indeed, cognitive distractions and error rates were greater on nice days than on bad-weather days.

Given that the weather is beyond their control, how can managers leverage this information?

image via flickr:CC | NASA gsfc

Smartphone Use at Night May Lower Productivity

In a pair of studies over a broad spectrum of U.S. workers, Michigan State University’s Russell Johnson, Ph.D., and colleagues found that people who monitored their smart phones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and were less engaged the following day on the job.
“Because they keep us mentally engaged late into the evening, they make it hard to detach from work so we can relax and fall asleep.”

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Smartphone Use at Night May Lower Productivity

In a pair of studies over a broad spectrum of U.S. workers, Michigan State University’s Russell Johnson, Ph.D., and colleagues found that people who monitored their smart phones for business purposes after 9 p.m. were more tired and were less engaged the following day on the job.

“Because they keep us mentally engaged late into the evening, they make it hard to detach from work so we can relax and fall asleep.”

image via flickr:CC | nayrb7

When you take responsibility for the education of 25 squirmy five-year-olds, you come face to face with the reality that your control is limited and that the only way of making it through the year is to design things so that they increasingly own their own control. Maybe we should have a workshop for all CEO’s and world leaders lead by great kindergarten teachers.

Everything you need to know to run an organization you can learn by watching a great kindergarten teacher