“What!? Another unrealistic deadline? When am I supposed to rest and recover? And what about the quality of the work you’re asking us to produce?” I yelled at my team lead.
Self-motivation has been something of a crash course this year with a much clearer appreciation for pyjama days as a rarity.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]