Limitless: Taking smart pills for productivity and success experiment

Limitless: Taking smart pills for productivity and success experiment

Inspired by the movie “Limitless” where the protagonist takes a pill called NZT-48, which enhances his cognitive abilities to genius levels, the idea of using smart pills or “nootropics” for boosting productivity and achieving success has intrigued many. Here’s an experiment exploring the world of smart drugs, their effects, and whether they’re the secret to unlocking your brain’s potential.

What Are Nootropics or “Smart Pills”?

Nootropics, often termed “smart pills” or “cognitive enhancers”, are drugs or supplements that can boost brain performance. They come in both natural and synthetic forms and are taken to improve mental performance, including memory, creativity, and motivation.

The Experiment

Objective: To determine whether taking popular nootropic supplements can noticeably enhance productivity, cognitive function, and general well-being.

Duration: 30 days

Products Used:

  1. Modafinil – A drug originally designed for narcolepsy patients.
  2. Caffeine + L-Theanine – A common nootropic stack, combining the stimulation of caffeine with the calming effects of L-Theanine.
  3. Bacopa Monnieri – An ancient herb known for enhancing memory and focus.
  4. Alpha GPC – A choline compound said to boost cognitive function.

Procedure & Experience

Week 1: Modafinil

  • Days 1-7: Took a standard dose each morning.
  • Effects: Noticeable increase in focus and a feeling of wakefulness. However, had trouble sleeping on some nights.
  • Productivity Output: Completed tasks 25% faster than average. But the quality of work was comparable to non-Modafinil days.

Week 2: Caffeine + L-Theanine

  • Days 8-14: Consumed every morning.
  • Effects: The usual alertness from caffeine without the jitters, thanks to L-Theanine. Better mood and reduced stress.
  • Productivity Output: Worked for longer periods without feeling fatigued. Around a 20% increase in productivity.

Week 3: Bacopa Monnieri

  • Days 15-21: Taken as per recommended dosage.
  • Effects: Slight improvement in memory recall and verbal fluency. Effects were subtle.
  • Productivity Output: No significant changes. Similar output to a regular day.

Week 4: Alpha GPC

  • Days 22-30: Consumed each morning.
  • Effects: Enhanced focus and a mild mood boost. Some days felt overstimulated.
  • Productivity Output: 15% increased productivity. The quality of work showed slight improvement.


While there were noticeable changes in productivity and cognitive function during the experiment, it’s essential to remember that nootropics aren’t magic pills. Their effects vary from person to person. Moreover, the long-term effects of these substances aren’t thoroughly researched, so caution is advised.

The experiment showcased that while certain nootropics can enhance productivity and cognitive abilities in the short term, they don’t necessarily transform you into a genius. It’s equally important to maintain a healthy lifestyle, get adequate sleep, and eat a balanced diet for optimal brain function.


Before starting any supplement regimen, it’s vital to consult with a healthcare professional. The above experiment is a personal experience and may not reflect the effects others might experience. Always prioritize safety and make informed decisions.


This is a very old post, but these days I stick with tea, a little coffee, ritalin (less than 1 a day) and marijuana for creativity and writing. I sometimes take brain supplements or nootropics but I’m not convinced they do anything (or they make me feel bad).

  • be careful with anything containing huperzine A… it can make you manic and shouldn’t be taken daily.

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