Napping – A Sign of Laziness or Smart Working?

Drifting off to sleep at the the most inappropriate times has been something that has plagued me from school. As I got older I thought that things would improve, but sitting in meetings after lunch have proved that wrong. My initial attempts of trying to use caffeine to keep me awake and alert did work, […]

How Caffeine Changed My Life For The Better

As far back as my student days when trying to pass exams to get into university, caffeine and I have had a love hate relationship. Caffeine has helped me get through difficult exams, work pressure and setting up home. Each time I’ve used it I’ve said to myself, “Just this last time”. However, whenever the […]

Boost Your Productivity, Focus and Wakefulness

We’ve been a little busy over here at V-CAF. Tight deadlines, issues to fix and increasing demands have been taking their toll for the past few weeks! Anyways, being that we espouse the virtues of working smart without having to resort to caffeine, I thought I’d share some of the techniques and processes that proved […]

How to Stay Awake at Night

A colleague of mine was speaking to me about doing shift work and mentioned how much he hated it. Luckily for him he only did this once every six weeks and got paid well enough to make it worth his while. I told him to be careful with that and he replied, “I know, working […]

A New Productivity Hack

Everybody wants to be more efficient and productive. For years I’ve been searching for the golden mean between minimum effort verses maximum output. This has lead me on some strange and wonderful trials that overall have helped me to know what works for me as compared to those things that don’t. In this post I’ll […]

Is Your Caffeine Dependency Your Key to Success?

A lot of people don’t realise that they have a caffeine dependency. Usually they don’t notice how caffeine influences how they feel throughout the day and how it even affects the quality of their sleep. Realisation, when it comes, can be sudden and brutal! The blow to their self esteem can be massive and make […]

Staying on Top of Life

There is so much focus on productivity and organization that often the fundamental issues that impair both can be overlooked. Tiredness is difficult to quantify and varies from person to person and situation.  A myriad of factors can lead even the best intentions to spiral. These factors can include, illness, stress, nutrition, depth of sleep and […]

Be Productive, Give Up Workaholism!

It’s easily done. You have a tight deadline, the works not finished but you reckon if you put the extra time in now, you can salvage your reputation and get everything done. There are times when you just have to burn the midnight oil to get things done and it’s understandable. But recently I’ve been […]

Working Through Tiredness

Recently I’ve had a lot of work on and noticed that I’ve been feeling more tired than usual. As a result I’ve felt that my work has been harder than it needs to be and taking longer than expected. This in turn has made me more frustrated which has effected the quality and efficiency of […]

Stay Awake pills, are they worth the risk?

In the past when I had a lot of work to get finished, a tight deadline, or studying for exams I would use caffeine to help me focus and stay awake. I started to be concerned when I found that I needed more caffeine just to stay awake and focused, until eventually I got the […]

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