Can a cup of coffee make you more productive at work?
Millions of people across the country depend on coffee to get them through the working day. Whether it’s habit, necessity or taste, many people opt to have multiple hits of caffeine between nine and five. If you’re one of them, you’ll already know just what a big difference a bit of caffeine can make to your levels of concentration and focus. But is there any scientific evidence to back this up? And could a daily cup of coffee help us all to achieve a little more in the workplace?
Kick-starting your system
For many coffee lovers, the best thing about a cup of java is that it kick-starts the system and helps you to stay alert. However, contrary to popular belief, coffee doesn’t actually wake you up. Instead, it blocks the main chemical in your brain that makes you sleepy. Drinking coffee in the morning, when you’ll still be feeling the effects of your 40 winks, and in the afternoon when momentum is lagging, can help to give you a boost of energy just when you need it most.
Coffee can help your mind to be creative
There’s strong evidence to show that the alertness created by caffeine can help people to accomplish repetitive jobs. If you’re inputting numbers into a computer, collecting data or doing the same task again and again, a few cups of coffee could make a big difference to the quality of your work.
Now, however, there’s growing proof that coffee can also help you to be more creative. Research from MIT has shown that caffeine can help people be more creative in both individual and group settings. This could be great news for your productivity levels if you work in the media, arts or other creative industries.
It makes you move around
Unless you’re lucky enough to have regular cups of coffee delivered straight to your desk, there’s a good chance that your daily coffee habit helps you to stay active. Getting up from your desk and going to the break room, office kitchen or local coffee shop for a brew can help to stimulate your mind, get your blood pumping and give you an opportunity to socialise with colleagues. This light exercise and time away from your desk can do wonders for your motivation and energy levels, helping you to get your work done and to do it well.
Give your health a boost
Drinking coffee on a regular basis has been shown to have a number of health benefits. From helping your brain to work faster and improving memory to lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and type II diabetes, a daily cup of coffee can help to keep you in great shape.