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How To Overcome Laziness With Nootropics

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Oh procrastination… you killer of dreams you… 

No, wait. 

The dreams are still there… The deeds are the ones that dead. What a shame for your time.

I’ve always thought of time as the most valuable asset in the world. Many people seem to ignore this fact, with their Netflix shows, mindless Facebook scrolling and whatnot. 

Nootropics as a cure for procrastination

There are loads of other things you can do in a day and many dreams that could be pursued. All it takes is to discipline the “monkey mind” and take action.

Coffee does the trick for many, but it’s a bit overrated. Many people don’t really enjoy the jitters that it causes, and it doesn’t necessarily eliminate laziness. Indeed, it does make you alert and clearheaded. No doubt about that.

One other tool for motivation and productivity has been gaining popularity lately. The 2011 movie Limitless started the nootropics craze, and Modafinil came to be considered the closest thing to the real-life Limitless pill. 

Effects of Modafinil

Modafinil is regarded by scientists as “the world’s first safe smart drug”. Indeed, its low addictive potential, few side effects and incredible effectiveness have certainly justified its reputation.
Its most noticeable benefits include: 

Increased motivation
Improved focus
Stimulation
Wakefulness
Improved memory recall
Improved mood

Initially, it was developed to treat sleep-related issues such as narcolepsy or obstructive sleep apnea. Lately, it’s been gaining popularity as a cognitive enhancer. 

Personally, it has helped me keep track of my daily professional and personal goals. I’m talking work after I would come back from… work (i.e. working on my side gig), and exercising almost daily. “Mens sana in corpore sano” for the win. If you haven’t heard of the expression, I suggest you Google it.

Which other nootropics are effective for laziness?

While Modafinil is the most popular nootropic, there are a whole lot of others that are in use among nootropic users (or biohackers, as they say about themselves). Modafinil and other nootropics have gained huge popularity over the years precisely because of their combined effectiveness and safety.

Still, some do exhibit side effects, such as dehydration, anxiety, trouble sleeping at night or dizziness. Fortunately, with the right harm reduction practices, even those can be minimized. 

One such harm reduction practice is taking breaks as often as possible. That comes easy, as nootropics such as Modafinil, Noopept or Rhodiola Rosea aren’t addictive. As you may, or may not know, caffeine is.

The biohacking community

Using Modafinil periodically actually made me more productive and disciplined even during the days when I wouldn’t take it. It’s probably the thing that I’ve enjoyed the most about it. Somehow, I feel that it’s made me a better person.

There is a growing nootropic community comprised mostly of students, professionals and entrepreneurs who want to gain an edge in life. You will find many discussions on Reddit, Quora or Longecity. 

In fact, some of the people there are certified neurologists that understand the mechanism of action of said nootropics. They help people understand the science behind supplements and brain chemistry, thus allowing one to be better informed when talking with a doctor about this aspect.

Conclusion

While Modafinil is frowned upon by many, there are people in the medical community that think Modafinil and other nootropics have enough benefits to be taken into consideration for off-label use. On top of that, substances that fall in the “nootropics” category haven’t been shown to exhibit any danger in the long term if used responsibly.

After all, if it helps people enrich their lives through actively pursuing a successful career, a balanced diet and a healthy fitness program, then the good outweighs its defect of being a synthetic drug.


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