Do you experiment on your own body to be more productive?
Humans have tried everything to maximize our brain and body power - from diets to fasting to even micro dosing on LSD according to a new GQ article. Do you do experiments on your own body to be more productive? What are the results?
Yes, always open to it.
Growth Marketer | dansiepen.io
Yeah fasting and not eating in the mornings aside from a having a latte has really worked well for me! Have done it for the past 6 months and productivity in the mornings has been amazing! I used to eat oats/berries (awesome brekky) in the morning normally quite early (approx. 7am) and often found myself craving for more food or a snack at around the 10.30/11am timeslot, and about 2 hours later I'm then wanting to have a decent lunch. This is fine but for me personally, I wanted to eat with some freedom (i.e. higher carb meals). Now only eating really between the hours of 12pm - 8pm, I've certainly reaped the rewards of losing some weight and mornings have been super productive. It did take a little getting used to at first, but after a couple of weeks I felt great. It's not for everyone and best to research/seek GP guidance, but I'll personally never look back :)
I like making things
@abadesi there’s “intermittent fasting” and then there’s intermittent fasting. Simply skipping a meal occasionally falls in the former category, actually setting up designated eating- and fasting windows on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule (or some combination) is the latter. That’s where I’m at now after trying the former for some time without seeing much in the way of results.
Product & UX geek 🤵 Skill Monkey 🐱👤
Tried Intermittent Fasting with 8 hour and 6 hour eating windows for about two months and saw good results. I felt more awake in the mornings. Sadly, I couldn't eat bigger meals and hence, my total calorie count for the day suffered. Lost some muscle mass during the process so went back to regular 3-meals-a-day routine.
Things I have personally found to be good for me: 1. Fasting - not structured or whatever, but if I skip breakfast/lunch I tend to get much deeper into my work. 2. Taking a holiday. 3. I've tried modafinil, microdosing, adderall and the rest of the obvious nootropic-esque things - typically not worth it as you tend to borrow the next days' productivity. Your mileage may vary. 4. Sleeping at a consistent time
The question of what makes me more productive was one of my main inspirations to step into tech and create a new product to figure this out! 😻 I'm logging my inputs and outputs (the things that I do and how it makes me feel) on a daily bases now for two months and I already learned that: 1. I am more productive when I'm eating fish, protein bars and sweets. 2. Sleep duration has no significant impact on my productivity. Though I'm planning to add sleep disturbances into account and see if it changes anything 💤 3. My productivity is higher than average on days when I exercise. 4. As per health symptoms - stomach ache and digestive problems decrease productivity, though bloating and increased heart rate don't have any impact at all. 🤷♀️ 5. Being in a great mood leads to higher productivity (though this looks more like - correlation doesn't mean causation - kind of situation 😅)
@abadesi About those sweets - I presume it’s the dark chocolate that I take as a quick snack, in between my meals, that got sweets so high on the list. I can definitely relate to feeling sluggish after a slice of cake or…pretty much any other sweet 😅 My tracking days started with a Garmin watch and then I tried a variety of different apps to get the full picture, but one thing I’ve noticed when searching for the right tracking tool is that the majority of the data, they are gathering, aren’t actionable. What does a heart rate of 96 actually mean? Nothing until you can correlate it with your productivity. To get the full scope - there’s usually a mix of heart rate, sleep duration, food intake, etc. coming together. Currently experimenting with the interconnectedness of Sleep, Mood, Productivity, Health, Physical activity and Food and looking to answer questions like what food ingredients make me feel bloated, does skipping a meal cause a headache and how many hours of sleep I need to be most productive 🧐 Drop me a DM if you wish to try it out before it’ll be rolled out to the public 😇
Founder & CEO, Hustle Crew
entrepreneur / marketer
@abadesi It was honestly life changing seeing the effect small amounts of alcohol had on my sleep patterns. The oura ring is absolutely worth it. Too early to tell on the supplements, but i think so. Even if Google had your ring data, why is that so bad? They'd just use the data they have on you to show you ads/products more tailored to your preferences.
Investing at M31 Capital
Started taking up meditation at the start of this month and I'm happy to say that it's now a habit. I've just been using headspace, and I noticed mainly two effects 1) Focus is alot better 2) I'm alot happier/morning when I get up in the morning! Next month, I'm going to look into experimenting more regarding the use of tech (my screen time on my phone is 4 hours), and I'm ideally looking to find ways to lessen that.
Founder & CEO, Hustle Crew
@kaito_cunningham Nice hope the journey bears fruit! Starting my day with meditation helps me focus and stay positive, too. I notice the difference on mornings where I skip it. Reduced screen time is a big one, too. Do you track it on your smartphone? That has helped me keep mine down, I have timers that remind me when I've spent 30 mins on an app like Instagram so I know to put my phone down soon! or even turn it off.
Absolutely, but within the realm of things that I know won't cause any long term damage. I've found the following helps a lot: - Frequent intense workouts - 8 or more hours of sleep every night - Melatonin an hour before bed to make sure I stick to my bedtime - Lots of natural light - Making sure I am well fed on healthy unprocessed foods with low sugar - Staying hydrated - Caffeine, but not every day and never after 3pm - Minimal alcohol and almost never on weekdays
Executive Coach for tech leaders
I manage multiple chronic illnesses so hacking my body has been critical for productivity. These days I can do 6-8 productive hours/ day. I'm always tweaking but here's my current routine: Food - High fat/low carb - Intermittent fasting (16/8) - Matcha latte with MCT oil (no other caffeine) - High fat breakfast (fuels my day like nothing else!) - Track nutrition with Chronometer (helpful to track nutrients to make sure you get what you need) Physical - 10-30 minutes of barre (first thing) - Walk as much as possible (Easy when you live in a big city without a car!) - Let go of sleep anxiety and trust my body will get enough (critical for an insomniac!) Mind - Morning pages daily https://juliacameronlive.com/bas... - Ashwaganda before bed to calm mind and nervous system - Long meditative walks to clear my mind Bodies are all so different so it's well worth taking time to listen to what yours wants.
Business Development at Taplink
Two months ago I bumped into some topic about the importance of Vitamin D, I was surprised how important it is. I did some tests to evaluate the level of this Vitamin in my blood and of course it was too low. Since then, I've been taking 5000 IU of vitamin D daily and it worked for me, the greatest change is that I don't need an afternoon nap anymore. During the last 2 years, it was really hard for me to work at this time, I mean extremely hard because my eyes weren't even able to focus on the screen and my head was shaking from side to side. I even thought there were some troubles with my brain or cervical spine, but some tests showed it was ok. So if you feel weakness, drowsiness or something like that and nothing helps you - make sure your vitamin D levels stay in a healthy range, even if you're living in sunny climes.
Co-founder & CEO - Hashtechy.com
@abadesi I tried to stay awake till late for months to be more productive and tried to find ways how I can sleep less and use those hours as productive hours. Which did work for early few days but then didn't work after 1-2 week, the productivity reduced drastically. So The learning is body does need enough sleep depending your age group.
Filmmaker Developer Cyclist
6 hours sleep, intermittent fasting combined with a 75% Keto diet, boxing, yoga, running and being thankful and trying to find the best in every moment helped a lot within the last year. My resume is definitely to continue with this routine. I guess having a routine makes a huge difference ;)