Being a regular smoker can sometimes translate to low productivity. Besides being an often true stereotype, it is also somewhat disconcerting when you are not getting done what you really need to. Here are some tips on how to be a more productive smoker.

Make smoking a reward for productivity

It’s very easy to want to smoke anytime, but if you are serious about having some motivation it is important to exercise your will in terms of when you do it in relation to your responsibilities. Having a reward for accomplishing a task is a proven way to self-motivate. Example: For every hour I spend at yard work today I can take a 2 hit smoke break.

Use your caffeine wisely

If you drink coffee or tea, cola, energy drinks etc, try to time the consumption as before getting high as opposed to after. Give it a bit of time to kick in and kick start the brainpan before adding your favorite THC based consumable. If you don’t use caffeine, cool. Just take a brisk walk and smoke after that. You might be amazed at the result.

Pick strains that are more energizing than distracting

Keep in mind certain tasks are easier to do in certain states. Writing a research paper while completely loaded on a strong Indica strain…well for most it doesn’t go well. Look for an energizing Sativa that can help focus without shutting down your smart parts.

For that brainless labor, like sweating your butt off with that yard work, maybe an Indica is cool. Just dig in and do the stuff. But experiment with how much, as you can still end up going in for a glass of water and end up back on the Xbox instead.

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Limit your consumption if you have things to do

Yes, we all love to toke until we forget we are holding the bong, but limiting yourself to a hit or two and keeping a light, “taking the edge off” kind of buzz can be more conducive to productivity and staying on task. Are you more interested in maximum high at the given time or truly needing to get something accomplished? Be honest with yourself about over smoking. Not only is it diminished returns, but the cost is really not worth it in the long run.

No wake and bake

I know, you don’t want to hear this one, but hear me out. I’m not saying don’t smoke early in the day. For many, you really need it to get going and it can be part of a healthy routine. I myself am always looking for to the right combination of certain strains of Sativa with my coffee.

So here’s my take on two decades of personal experience (for science of course). I have found that if I have a cup of coffee or two, and just remain awake for a bit before my first hit I am much more likely to start off the day with the faculties and desire to be productive. Basically, I find that smoking too soon after waking, regardless of strain, limits the amount of active brainpower for the rest of the day. Experiment with it and please let us know in the comments what works for you!

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For a quick reset and refocus, the old standby of splashing cold water on the face works wonders! Especially in the summer or when drowsiness is kicking in, it really works as well as feels pretty intense while high. Give yourself a quick endorphin jolt!

That’s all I’ve got, let me know your thoughts!

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