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According to a recent study (here's an article about it on the Guardian), people who drink caffeine aren't any more alert than those who don't: Caffeine did not increase the alertness of any group above the levels of non-users who were given the placebo. But caffeine fiends who were given a placebo after abstaining from coffee for 16 hours felt less ...


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A quick research (1, 2) showed me that the concentration of caffeine seems to peak about 30-60mins after ingestion. However, in my personal experience I have a feeling of alertness already when I drink my cup of coffee: This is most likely just a placebo effect, but I don't care as long as it works. On different styles: A latte is usually a shot of espresso ...


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Before I start working I'm starting with affirmations for my work. At the same time it's like a meditation since it calms you down as well. I have a predefined list of sentences which I repeat (aloud if possible) as an excercise. It is important to fight the urge to get to work immediately, fight the feeling of wasting time, it will pay off later on. ...


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how do you get yourself to focus? I am trying to get into the "zone". We all know that knowledge workers work best by getting into "flow", also known as being "in the zone", where they are fully concentrated on their work and fully tuned out of their environment. They lose track of time and produce great stuff through absolute concentration. This is ...


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As a fellow programmer I recognize the problem and have struggeled with this issue for a long time. My solution is to program for about six hours a day with a few breaks in. Sometimes I use the Pomodoro technique to get a better focus but in my experience 8 hours is to much. So what I do to get some focus is indeed some fitness. Mostly, at the start of the ...


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According to a neuroscience PhD student's widely reported blog post: “If we are drinking caffeine at a time when your cortisol concentration in the blood is at its peak, you probably should not be drinking it. This is because cortisol production is strongly related to your level of alertness and cortisol peaks for your 24 hour rhythm between 8 and 9am on ...


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From skeptics.se: "Caffeine is a stimulant which makes you feel less tired and, for athletes, delays exhaustion. So if the alternative is being asleep, caffeine cetainly helps. The other issue is that the regular use of caffeine leads, as with other psychoactive substances, to dependency (tolerance or addiction are other words used). In such cases, lack of ...


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The issue is that it never becomes useful in its true meaning. Yes, it stimulates you for a period of time, then you body needs to pay for it. Clearly, if you do it too much, you over stress yourself more and more. Then you get issue that you cannot relax and you start taking something to relax. Vicious cycle. You damage your biological cycles at the end of ...


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The reason you feel "wired" at 7pm might be that (relatedly to your previous similar question) blood cortisol levels have another spike between 5:30 and 6:30 PM. I'd imagine this could be as late as 7PM depending on your lifestyle (time you get up etc.). So on top of your cumulative blood caffeine levels from the day, you'll feel quite alert! I also find ...


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Your level of alertness is determined by more factors than your caffeine intake. What's known as the nap zone occurs around 3PM and affects some individuals more than others. Some scientists think that a long sleep at night and a short nap during the midday represent human sleep behavior at its most natural. It may be that you're consuming a lot of ...


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It's said that overtime is a symptom of poor project management. It is effective in the short run and easily correlated with productivity, but you're better off using techniques that avoid it in the long run. I'm starting to think that caffeine acts in a similar manner. Most research will correlate caffeine with productivity. But it doesn't necessarily mean ...


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This article seems to suggest that there is a relationship with caffeine similar to a dependency, wherein after some time, the caffeine no longer makes you more stimulated, but rather brings you up to "normal". Or, put another way, it lowers your baseline, so that the stimulated state with caffeine of a dependent individual is only as good as the ...


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I started the same way. I could manage only 4 hours of pure work per day at first then eventually built it up to 7. (my goal is 7 not 8). It happens gradually over time. I had a few "burn outs" along the way. Like, if I managed 2 perfect days, the third I was exhausted mentally and was down to 4 or 2. This gradually still gets better. Now I lose momentum ...


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Caffiene doesn't really help that much, unless you're coming into work already drowsy. It's not even a long term stimulant, because it loses effect after you've had a bit. You should check if you're getting 8 hours of sleep a day. Your brain functions optimally on glucose. In fact, your brain's capacity to focus is almost directly affected by its glucose ...


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I'm a programmer too. Recently evolving with some entrepreneurship things. Management and programming are two opposite poles, but when I had the situation, it made me total anxious. My solution is that I do a half an hour meditation twice a day. That makes me mentally calm for most of the time after meditation. You could use this audio. Those are found in ...


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I am a programmer too and I had a concentration problem since my school days. Those days i could never sit back and study for more than 10-20 mins. But now I have overcome it a lot by understanding a few things:- Concentration can only be accomplished in things which you enjoy doing or which you really want to do. So first realize the reasons of why you ...


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I'm a programmer too. I've tried many different techniques, but almost none of them worked for me as good as I wanted them to. What didn't worked: Long-term planning, Pomodoro technique, Clean and silent workspace. So as none of this worked for me, I thought that I should try the opposite: no long-term planning, no pomodoros (and other interval ...


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Me and my brother (we are almost twins) have a very efficient technique for boosting mind concentration and bringing calm and relax : It's Reading. my brother is an extreme example for how reading books could be a technique for stress relieve and mind state elevation. He talked to me lately and told me when he feels stressed and not able to go to work he ...


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For me, I can't start a productive day without meditation and reflection. As few as 15 minutes of meditation is enough to clear your mind from worries, fears and expectations. Don't try to control your focus, just enjoy what you are doing, and lose yourself in the task, in the moment. In other words, try to be attached to the job, remove all distractions ...


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I find that a good strong espresso will give me a buzz within a few minutes. However each time I have an espresso the following buzz is reduced. If I don't have any coffee for a week or so and then have my espresso then I'll get that hit again. Typically I have 1 cup in the morning and then maybe another just before I go back to work. There was a time when ...


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In reference to this comment: "However, in my personal experience I have a feeling of alertness already when I drink my cup of coffee: This is most likely just a placebo effect, but I don't care as long as it works." The effects of coffee may peak after 30 to 60 minutes. However, (brewed/orally consumed) coffee is a complex, compound stimulus comprised ...


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Chiming in from Finland, where having 6-8 cups of strong coffee a day is the norm, I will add that once you are beyond a certain point in coffee addiction, there will be no more "buzz" from drinking coffee. It is more regarded as being so, that you will no longer function normally before the morning joe. Having coffee during the day is merely a habit, ...



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