Are you finding it a bit challenging to maintain your productivity and focus lately?
We've all been there, and it can feel like a monumental task to stay on top of our work and personal life, right? There’s a not-so-secret tool that's gaining traction in the world of productivity - microdosing.
What is microdosing?
It's the practice of taking a teeny-tiny amount of a psychedelic substance, usually LSD or psilocybin (magic mushrooms), enough to enhance your cognitive abilities but not to trip. Think of it like having your favourite morning coffee, but on a different level.
So how can this help with productivity and focus? Let's dive into it!
Elevates Creativity: One of the fascinating things about microdosing is its ability to stimulate creativity. No, it's not about seeing rainbow-coloured unicorns. Instead, it's about the unconventional connections our brain can make under its influence, potentially leading to innovative solutions and fresh perspectives.
Boosts Mood: Life is a rollercoaster, and our mood swings can seriously affect our productivity. Many people who microdose report a happier and more optimistic outlook, which naturally contributes to their motivation to work and get things done.
Improves Focus: Ever sat down to work only to find your mind wandering off to the next vacation or what's for dinner? Microdosing could be a game-changer here. It’s been reported to enhance concentration, allowing users to stay engrossed in their tasks for longer periods.
Promotes Open-Mindedness: Being open-minded is critical for learning and personal growth, which directly impacts our productivity. With microdosing, users often describe a heightened sense of curiosity and a willingness to challenge their own beliefs.
Enhances Mindfulness: Being present is not just for the yoga mat. It can profoundly affect our work, too! Microdosing is said to increase awareness of the here and now, making us more engaged in our tasks, leading to better productivity and focus.
Bear in mind, though, while these benefits sound enticing, microdosing does involve consuming substances that are, as of now, largely illegal. It's also not a magic bullet and won't replace good old-fashioned discipline and work ethic.
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- Kuypers KP, Ng L, Erritzoe D, et al. (2019). Microdosing psychedelics: More questions than answers? An overview and suggestions for future research. Journal of Psychopharmacology.