I used to take pride in not being dependent on any substance. I never smoked at all, or drank alcohol or caffeine regularly. I pitied those who became dependent on alcohol to have a good time, or caffeine to be productive.
Fast forward past college, living abroad for a number of years, grad school and nearly 5 years working in my field as a professional. Since starting my full-time job, I drink a cup of coffee more or less every morning. The days when I don’t drink coffee are few and far between, and when I don’t drink it, I miss it.
In part, it’s my routine when I arrive at the office and prepare a cup of hot, fragrant coffee. I enjoy it as I sort my emails and get my papers in order to tackle my to-do list for the day. Or I step out after checking my email and get some Starbucks coffee from down the street. I enjoy walking with coworkers and catching up during this short excursion.
I like how the caffeine in coffee boosts both my productivity and seemingly, my optimism early in the morning. After my cup of coffee, I can do anything. I can do everything. And I can do it well, early, and under budget. I am invincible and amazing. At least, that’s how I feel with the drug flowing through my veins.
And let’s be real: caffeine is a drug. It is not harmless. Wikipedia has the following to say about it:
“Caffeine is a central nervous system (CNS) stimulant of the methylxanthine class. It is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive drug. Unlike many other psychoactive substances, it is legal and unregulated in nearly all parts of the world.” (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffeine)
Despite its wide usage and popularity, caffeine is still a drug that people use to support their productivity and lifestyles. For me, it’s now a big part of my morning routine both at work and at home.
Do you drink coffee? Does it make you more productive? Are you addicted?