I always face a quandry on long afternoons after a busy morning. To drink black tea and get more work done, or to stick it out and be able to fall asleep easily? Studies have shown that a nap is better than caffeine for productivity (Tufts Health and Nutrition newsletter), but sometimes a nap is not an option (and believe me–I take naps whenever and wherever I can). So if I’m working at the library, as I am now on Friday afternoon after teaching 4 hours straight, do I drink more tea with caffeine, or just sit and stare stupidly at my reading?
The solution is to do work that doesn’t require the intense concentration of reading. I was hoping to enjoy translating some Latin, but my homework for next week isn’t posted yet. I know because I have the site up and keep hitting refresh. Perhaps I could bring my knitting? Or I could write a rambling blog post… Too bad I can’t go into the cold room and take a nap.