Almost any type of work in the modern era revolves around mental processes of some sort. Although there are still millions engaged in physical labor, artificial intelligence will put them out of a job more and more, which means the people using their brain will be the only ones left.
To take full advantage of this, it is important to dissect the mental processes and figure out which ones we need to improve in order to do better work. That’s where nootropics come in.
Nootropics are supplements that can improve mental performance and there is a long list of these options. You have probably heard of a few, but in this article we will focus on some of the specific nootropic options that can give you an increased creative output.
#1. Provigil – few drugs are as popular as the provigil nootropic (aka modafinil). Provigil was developed as a narcolepsy drug, but has grown in popularity for helping healthy adults to improve their concentration, focus, and wakefulness. For many people, provigil is an alternative to some of the amphetamine-based ADD medications.
What makes provigil so useful for creative types is the fact it can improve working memory. When we have a better working memory, we can combine various ideas more effectively and that usually leads to creative ideas. Artwork is a combination of multiple expressions and having a wide array of ideas, which can be combined, provides the best experience.
#2. Phenylpiracetam – as odd as the name might sound, this nootropic can help creative types for a number of reasons. For one, the racetam family of nootropics is well-studied and researched for the ability to improve verbal fluency and interact with regions of the brain designated for creativity.
In fact, phenylpiracetam can help users to drop into a flow state more readily. For many phenylpiracetam users, the fact it can help with concentration and creativity is a huge boon, but it is far different than most stimulants. Even though the benefits of phenylpiracetam can be stimulatory in nature, most often it is very different than caffeine and doesn’t lead to burnout as easily.
#3. Microdosing – finally, if you haven’t heard, microdosing psychedelics like LSD or mushrooms is becoming all the rage. Of course, we would never recommend you do anything illegal, but there are more scientific studies coming out every month that suggest these can be effective therapies and solutions.
Every time you get into a creative funk, it might be worthwhile to consider how you might use microdosing as a way of improving your mental performance, of adding to your abilities, and getting the most from creative work.