Saturday, August 1, 2020

Caffeine Science vs Fatigue

interesting podcast discussion and links to articles and books

The science behind caffeine featuring Danielle Rath of (Brain Science #25) |> News and podcasts for developers |> Changelog

advice for strategic usage of caffeine

How to drink caffeine strategically with the 5 Levels of Fatigue | GEG Research and Consulting

5 Levels of Fatigue Archives | GEG Research and Consulting

"FATIGUE LEVEL 1: Dehydrated & Drowsy

At this level, you’re feeling a little drowsy, but not exhausted or overwhelmed.

SOLUTION = Do something Different.
Go for a walk. Switch tasks. Take a 5 min break.
Drink WATER. DO NOT drink any caffeine at this level.


At this level, “I’m too tired” becomes the excuse for action. You’re not exhausted and not just bored or drowsy. You’re just a little bit off, a little sluggish, a little lethargic. You’re “too tired”.

SOLUTION = A LITTLE sluggish means A LITTLE caffeine.
Look for caffeinated beverages with no more than 100 mg caffeine.
FATIGUE LEVEL 3: Stressed & Struggling
At this level, you’re starting to feel overwhelmed. You’re trying to wake up but you’re really struggling to stay focused and engaged. A walk and a cup of tea aren’t going to cut it here, but it’s still not worst-case scenario “energy emergency” quite yet.

SOLUTION = Several scientific studies and international organizations say you should have
no more than 200 mg caffeine at a time. So that’s what we’re looking for here.
FATIGUE LEVEL 4: Energy Emergency
At this level, we’re going to ignore health guidelines and go over that 200 mg caffeine per serving recommendation. This is an energy emergency. This is one step short of being a walking zombie. We’re talking just-trying-to-survive, counting-the-hours-before-I-can-go-home crisis.

SOLUTION = Choose a carbonated energy drink with more than 200 mg caffeine per can.
You can also pick an energy shot because shots have higher caffeine mg per oz than energy drinks. Energy drinks with sugar will give you an extra boost though you may crash after a few hours so ONLY pick drinks with more than 10 grams sugar if you absolutely need that much more help.

At this level, no amount of caffeine can save you.
This is your absolute breaking point. This is worst-case-scenario.

SOLUTION = Only sleep can save you now."

How to get more energy from your caffeine | GEG Research and Consulting

Saturday, July 11, 2020

book: Limitless by Jim Kwik: Learn FASTER

How to Learn FASTER - +1 | Optimize

FASTER = Forget + Act + State + Teach + Enter + Review.
"F is for Forget – The key to laser focus is to remove or forget that which distracts you. …
A is for Act – Traditional education has trained many people that learning is a passive experience. You sit quietly in a class, you don’t talk to your neighbor, and you consume the information. But learning is not a spectator sport. The human brain does not learn as much by consumption as it does creation. …
S is for State – All learning is state dependent. Your state is a current snapshot of your emotions. It is highly influenced by your thoughts (psychology) and the physical condition of your body (physiology). …
T is for Teach – If you want to cut your learning curve dramatically, learn with the intention of teaching the information to someone else. Think about it: If you know you have to give a presentation on what you learn, you will approach how you learn the topic with the intention of mastering it well enough to explain it to someone else. …
E is for Enter – What is the simplest and most powerful personal performance tool? Your calendar. We enter important things on our schedule. … Do you know what a lot of people don’t schedule? Their personal growth and development. If it’s not on your calendar, there’s a good chance it’s not getting done. …
R is for Review – One of the best ways to reduce the effects of the forgetting curve is to actively recall what you learned with spaced repetition.”
Jim Kwik | 5 Steps To A Limitless Brain and A Limitless Life

Limitless - Jim Kwik

Kwik Brain Starter Pack

Limitless BRAIN = Limitless LIFE (USE THIS IN YOUR LIFE!) | Jim Kwik - YouTube

Limitless - Jim Kwik (Mind Map Book Summary) - YouTube

Method of loci - Wikipedia

The method of loci (loci being Latin for "places") is a strategy of memory enhancement which uses visualizations of familiar spatial environments in order to enhance the recall of information. The method of loci is also known as the memory journeymemory palace, or mind palace technique

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Happiness vs Well Being; Hedonic vs Eudaimonic

What happiness is? Hedonic or Eudaimonic? - YouTube

Happiness or Well-being can be categorized as either be hedonic well-being or eudaimonic well-being.

Comparing Hedonic & Eudaimonic Views of Happiness - Video & Lesson Transcript |

“Eudaimonism, then, refers to a life dedicated to seeking meaning, engagement with the existential challenges of life, and the actualization of human potential, whereas hedonism refers to a life dedicated to seeking pleasure, happiness, and enjoyment.”

"hedonic treadmill"
accumulating more and more “stuff” (whether that’s the latest gadgets or Instagram likes), we often find ourselves working harder and harder but not getting any happier.

When we focus on living with more and more virtue, we ACTUALLY GET HAPPIER!

The hedonic treadmill, also known as hedonic adaptation, is the observed tendency of humans to quickly return to a relatively stable level of happiness despite major positive or negative events or life changes.

  1. Self-acceptance
  2. Personal growth
  3. Purpose in life
  4. Environmental mastery
  5. Autonomy
  6. Positive relations with others

Friday, May 29, 2020

World vs Mind

Pema Chödrön: This Lousy World - YouTube

Cover It All in Leather - +1 | Optimize

Chodrön uses the lessons of the Indian Buddhist monk Shantideva to make a very powerful analogy about moving through the world constantly pissed off and disappointed. …

[She says]: “We’re laughing, but that’s what we all do. That is how we approach things. We think, if we could just get rid of everything and cover it with leather, our pain would go away. Well, sure, because then it wouldn’t be cutting our feet anymore. It’s just logical, isn’t it? But it doesn’t make any sense, really. Shantideva said, ‘But if you simply wrap leather around your feet.’ In other words, if you put on shoes then you could walk across the boiling sand and the cut glass and the horns, and it wouldn’t bother you. So the analogy is, if you work with your mind, instead of trying to change everything on the outside, that’s how your temper will cool down.'”