Overclocking Your Brain

“How are you able to work on coding chops after a full day of programming at work? I am mentally exhausted by the time I get home and just can’t get motivated to tackle something new.” …, or something like that, is what I’ve heard from several people recently.

My answer: drugs.

Well, not exactly. I’m certainly not doing anything illegal. But, I have found some legal “nutritional supplements” that help me shake off the mental fatigue that I frequently encounter after coding my brains out at work.

Acetylcholine

Before I go any further, I feel obligated to remind you that there are no magic bullets. There is no substitution for genuine curiosity and tenacity. But, there may be things that give you a little nudge every now and then…

Enter nootropics. For the past few months, I’ve experimented with different combinations and dosages of nootropics with noticeable effect. I go to work, write the best code I know how to write, come home, spend some quality time with my family, then get back to writing code and mastering my craft. On those nights that I can’t shake the mental fog with a cup of green tea, I’ll put a little Noopept under my tongue and off I go. No kidding, it is almost like starting the day over sometimes. If I wake up feeling mentally sluggish, I might mix some Oxiracetam and CDP Choline in a glass of water. And there are lots and lots of different products available.

Again, taking supplements and sitting in front of the TV isn’t going to help you. Drinking protein shakes and sitting on your butt won’t make you muscular, either. But, if you’re pushing the limits of your mental endurance, it might be worth your time to do some investigation–there is plenty of research data available for different nootropics.

One more thing. I’m not a doctor, or in any way qualified to give medical advice. If you decide to experiment with nootropics, you need to do your own research. It might also be wise to consult with a doctor to make sure there aren’t known interactions with any other medications you are taking.