Do you love coffee?
I imagine I see many heads nodding now.
Yet, funny how that statement can stem from so many reasons. I say that from my own experience, as it ranged from "oh my God I need it to stay awake" kinda love at the beginning, to "my preferred blend is 70% Arabica 30% Robusta for my double shot cappuccino done properly with a good crema" today. Suffice to say, my appreciation for coffee has increased throughout the years, especially since I discovered that good coffee, properly made, shouldn't have a hint of bitterness in it. Yes, without addition of sugar!
What's most interesting, however, is the endless debates about coffee's effectiveness in boosting productivity. With studies published by researchers at John Hopkins University stating that coffee may aid memory, you must be jumping for joy at the chance of having more caffeine in your system.
Hold that thought for a second.
As a coffee fan, I've experimented with the frequency and dosage of caffeine, monitoring its effect on my focus and productivity on my work and CFA Program studies. I'm not here to provide scientific research and evidence of either camp (as they could be biased depending on who funds the research itself), but rather share my personal experience and learnings over a decade of self experimentation, to provide you some guidelines on what has worked for me so far.
Here's my 3 step plan to master caffeine and make it a force for productivity.