2 years without coffee and counting….

March 17, 2016, was the day I quit coffee completely. Why? I was a caffeine addict and I am serious about the word, addict. Morning and afternoon was my dose when I started, but then as luck would have had it, early morning, breakfast, mid-morning, afternoon, late afternoon and during the evening I would be consuming coffee.

Worse, I graduated to black coffee so the caffeine kick was extra effective. Gradually the strong milk coffee consumption dwindled to nearly 80% of black coffee.

Life was tough indeed for a week after kicking the habit. I did not wean off gradually. In fact, it was a sudden decision. So much so that on the morning of the big day, I was enjoying my coffee not knowing what lay ahead for the day. Around 10:30, I decided enough was enough and in a flash announced to my friend that I was off it.

The week after, was indeed a living hell, as I had splitting headaches, I was fidgety and God knows what I was undergoing. But I used painkillers to curb the headaches and overcame that. Gradually I slipped back into normal mode. It wasn’t easy but at the same time, it wasn’t impossible too. It was a test of my will-power and my commitment to my friend. I just couldn’t let him and hence myself down.

All those who still are thinking of kicking the habit (be it tea, coffee or smoking, which thankfully I don’t), you can do it. It is just a decision that you need to make and STICK to it come what may. Yes, a week’s torture is what it will mean (maybe more) but always remember you can do it.

I did it and am off coffee for 2 years now. I am certain you can too.


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Personal Productivity

Productivity is the state or quality of being productive as per the dictionary.

I have always tried to organise the things on my mind such that I can accomplish maximum things.

I use a tool called Remember the Milk currently which may be a rudimentary task list organiser but the free version is good or so I felt after having tried a host of tools including Google Keep, the stock tasks tool in iPhone, Todoist etc. And the thoroughbred Gujju that I am, it is against the grain to pay for something.

I had heard a lot about David Allen and his book Getting Things Done, the GTD method etc. Finally got the book from Amazon and also laid my hands on the Audio book.

While it is early days for me (I am still at the second stage of organising), it took me quite some time to clear the first stage of the brain dump or capture. That itself is a big task as you dump everything that comes to your mind. It took me quite some time to do that and believe me I am still adding to it on a daily basis. Since this is the first brain dump, it is taking me sometime to finish stage 2 of organising. I am in parallel reading / listening to the book too.

Has it helped me so far? Yes. So many hidden thoughts are now out on paper / some medium. You realise there is so much in your mind that you need to finish.

I must also admit that somehow, the pen and paper works best for me when it comes to a daily basis. So, I may jot down everything in Evernote but finally, the tasks for each day are written in hand in my journal. It works for me but don’t know if it works for all. Secondly, I have been using idonethis.com since maybe 5 years or so (got in early and so am using it for free even now. It is now a paid app). Every single day, I have to jot down what I have completed. It is a good trip down memory lane once in a while no doubt but it helps me in a lot of other ways.

If you are reading this post, do share your thoughts / methods of keeping yourself most productive.

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