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Many of my entrepreneur friends have long been taking Modafinil, a nootropic drug that stimulates creativity, work flow and concentration.
It’s often referred to as the closest thing on the market to the drug based on the hollywood film Limitless – where the main character can access 100% of his brain power.
As most of my friends have had slightly different experiences with Modafinil, I wanted to write a few words on my own experiences.
Please note, I’m not endorsing Modafinil. I simply think more information out there around Modafinil, the better it is for people who are considering trying it.
My first time:
I got up bright and early, took my protein shake for breakfast as normal, waited 30 minutes and swallowed 200mg of Modafinil with my morning coffee.
It wasn’t long before I started to feel the effects. The first thing I noticed as I started with email, my regular morning routine, was no desire to delay responding to any emails.
You know the emails you get where you are unsure what to respond with or tell yourself “I’ll get on that later”? That never happened. I whizzed through 55 emails in one of my inboxes within 40 minutes.
So far, so good.
My productivity during the morning was off the charts, although I wished I could have turned my brain speed down by one notch.
It was kind of like thinking faster than you could process the information. Reading and typing were both faster than my average speeds.
At this stage I started to understand what others had told me; it’s better to have 2 or 3 big tasks scheduled instead of lot’s of little tasks, as I had been working on.
You tend to get sucked in on the task you are working on and as a result, the ability to move from one small task to the other was a little more troublesome than normal.
When you are focusing, the amount of focus is crazy high. Your in the zone and already a step ahead, which results in completing tasks quicker than you typically would.
Many reports online say you loose appetite and mine was not as high as it normally is after a heavy morning work session. I did eat as I wanted to eat and drink enough fluids throughout the day to minimise negative effects afterwords.
A few hours in, my hands we’re slightly damp and sweaty. I also found myself evaluating my health and mental state regularly. This was probably due to the fact it was my first time and I was a little nervous what was happening.
Looking back, 200mg was probably a little too much for my first try.
I had 3 calls scheduled in the afternoon and to be honest I was in no mood to take them. For me, I wanted to work on big solo tasks.
By mid afternoon I had accomplished what I would normally accomplish in 2 days. The slight jittery effects I had in the morning were waring off.
As I approached the end of the day it became clear the best thing about taking Modafinil was the ability to make decisions. I put nothing off all day; the best possible solution to the problem came to me instantly and I went with it.
It’s a great feeling to be able to make and run with decision quickly.
By 5pm I had a very slight headache, but this was probably due to being glued to my notebook screen for 9 hours straight.
After a bowl of noodles for dinner and getting ready for bed, I felt physically tired, yet my brain was still in working mode. It took me about 3 hours to get to sleep vs. my average 30 minutes, and as a result, this was the biggest drawback I had with Modafinil.
Since my first time experience detailed above, I have moved to taking 50mg (quarter of a tablet) when I take Modafinil (about twice a month). The effects and concentration levels are similar, yet are not as intense. I can also sleep better by reducing the dose.
1. Stay hydrated – I have some friends who set alarms to remind themselves they need to drink water as you really do get sucked into what you are working on. I drink heaps of water normally, do this is not much of a problem for me.
2. Plan when you are going to take it – I plan the day before I’m going to take Modafinil so I can:
a) Get up earlier than normal. The half-life of Modafinil is a monster 12-15 hours, so for me, the ealier I take it, the better.
b) Plan the projects I’m going to work on – Create an environment where I can focus on 2 or 3 big solo work projects. I also make sure I have no calls scheduled.
3. Eat breakfast before you take it. If you do lose your appetite, you’ll at least have a base in your stomach.
4. Remember no one really knows how Modafinil works. This is why I don’t take it daily.
If you have any specific questions regarding Modafinil, feel free to ask below and I’ll try my best to help.
Have you tried Modafinil before? If so, I’d love to hear your experiences below.
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