How Mindfulness Can Boost Your Alertness

A constant annoyance of mine has been the amount of times I get distracted whilst working. It’s not that I can’t focus, but never ending interruptions via messaging, emails or people just talking to me when I’m deeply engrossed in something makes it feel like I’m not making any progress. Currently I’m working on a […]

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, […]

Pause, Stop & Start

Life can feel as if it has its own momentum with meetings, timetables, meal times and our list of things to-do can seem endless. We can go weeks, months or years knowing that we are stuck in a rut and need a new direction, change of scene or some type of action that calls us […]

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 […]

Increase Productivity Through Consistency

Recently, during one of my downtime breaks, I found myself reflecting on the times that I’ve felt the most content and satisfied with who I am and where I find myself. As I thought about the different phases of my life I found that the times when I felt most content compared to those when […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

How To Work Productively

Caffeine has been accepted by society a while now. It is normal to meet up for a coffee with friends in our leisure time; and in a work setting we attend meetings where coffee is freely available. In part it has been accepted because it is seen as a valuable aid to help us be […]

Caffeine-Free Productivity?

Sometimes when I’m in a work or semi social environment and I say “Thanks, but no thanks” to coffee, an inquisitive soul asks what’s wrong with coffee.  I usually say nothing much, but sometimes I tell them about coffee and caffeine’s affects on the body and mind, whilst reassuring them that moderate consumption is ok. […]

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