I was trying to get some work done yesterday during my planning period. Instead, all I was doing was shaking myself and saying “Come on, Brad!” as my eyes rolled back in my head. I was so sleepy. So I made some coffee with caffeine.
I normally drink decaffeinated because caffeine can make my head hurt and can keep me from sleeping at night if I drink it too late in the afternoon. I’m also a little worried about building a tolerance and then feeling withdrawal if I should stop. But I’m noticing something about caffeine: it gives me amazing powers of concentration. When I drink caffeinated coffee, the rest of the world falls away while I focus every bit of my attention on the job at hand. Work, work, work, done! Then on to the next task. I couldn’t believe how much stuff I got done during my planning period.
So now I can’t decide. Are the risks of caffeine addiction, headaches, and sleeplessness worth the superhuman powers of concentration? I did feel very relaxed last night at home because so much of my day today was already in order. Peace of mind in exchange for physical pain?