A couple of months ago I made this small change:
‘No coffee in meetings. I’ll only bring a glass of water into meetings.’
The rest of the day, as much coffee as I wanted.
At that time, I was drinking an average of 7 cups per day. Some days, it was 10.
(We have good coffee basically on tap at my office.)
I loved coffee. I was drinking it at that level for several years. And good coffee too; I make pour-overs at home. I visit a lot of cafes in my job with all kinds of single-origin, organic stuff.
But then I started to learn a bit more about caffeine, its effects, and dosages.
I started to see that I was probably having a bit too much.
The ‘meeting rule’ was simple. I average 1.5 meetings per day during the week.
Here’s the key: being allowed to drink as much coffee as I wanted to before or after meetings I didn’t feel like I was missing a thing.
Here’s what actually happened: the water tasted good. It was refreshing. My body needed it; it needed a break.
I didn’t know that would happen, but it did. Then, my body started to want more water, and less coffee. I started to feel better with more water. I started to become more aware of how often I was drinking coffee at other times. And, I started to notice the effects of coffee (elevated heart rate, mind working a bit too fast) after even just 1 cup.
I still drink coffee today, but, it’s 1 or 2 cups a day. Sometimes, that’s even a bit too much.
I still love it. I appreciate it more than ever before. I sip it slowly.
And that drastic reduction in the amount of coffee that I drink happened slowly, and organically, after just that 1 simple ‘rule’.
It was a rule that was easy to achieve. It was possible.
You can apply that to anything, not just coffee 🙂