Coffee and Caffeine Makes Overachievers Do Less
suggests while most of us love to drink coffee to increase our energy and get more done, it may in fact have the opposite effect. Research, conducted at the University of British Columbia, suggests that for individuals who are more willing to concentrate and exert effort to achieve their goals than others, caffeine--as well as other stimulants like amphetamines--can actually decrease motivation.
So what does that mean? As a result, productivity can decrease.
Jay Hosking, one of the researchers, explains to Medical Express:
"Every day, millions of people use stimulants to wake up, stay alert and increase their productivity - from truckers driving all night to students cramming for exam. These findings suggest that some stimulants may actually have an opposite effect for people who naturally favor the difficult tasks of life that come with greater rewards."
So in the end asking for a decaf cup of coffee and forgoing that giant cup of caffeine in coffee form may end up in a more productive day.
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Posted by Jay Brewer at April 13, 2012 5:34 AM