I’ll cover cognitive brain enhancing nootropics, workouts, cold showers, and some unconventional approaches to being productive and writing all day long.
For most people, writing is a chore. I remember my first experience writing papers in college and I hated it. Back then, you couldn’t pay me to write such boring papers summarizing chapters.
- But now I write everyday and I know how to do it all day long if I have to. Writing all day long is the same as playing a video game all day long. You are using your fingers to type. I don’t play games anymore but I know that to always stay in shape you have to pay attention to your body.
1) Use Google Voice. At the end of the day when my hands are tired, I will switch to using Google’s “voice to text program.” This program is inside of Google docs and all you need is a microphone.
2) Get a distraction free device. I used the Pomera DM100 for 2 years. It comes with no internet. No email. No distractions. Just writing.
I now use a Samsung Chromebook for all my blogging. I switched because I need the ability to put up my posts quickly without having to transfer files.
Transfering files between the Pomera DM100 and a computer doesn’t take much time, but when you’ve got words and ideas falling out of your head it seems like forever.
3) The more you write the easier it gets. This whole article didn’t take me long. Maybe 20 minutes at most. The most time consuming part is making everything look “pretty.” I’ve got to make the text look bold and space it out so it’s readable.
4) Take a break often. This is obvious, but when you’re on a roll and you’ve got momentum it is damn hard to stop and even I don’t like to. So when I take a break it’s usually at the end of a long paragraph or sentence.
It’s accurate for what I need and I can just sit back in my chair and let Google type out what I’m saying. This is must have if you have momentum and ideas and words are pouring out of your head.
5) Lift weights. I do a lot of forearm training. Almost every other day. I hit the forearms hard because that helps me write a lot.
- In addition, lifting weights and going to the gym will ‘reset’ your brain. No matter how tired you were from writing, you will come back and be able to put out more words. As I’m typing this, I just got out of the gym and am sitting in a cafe with the wordpress editor open.
6) State control. Another reason I go to the gym is to train my state control. If you don’t know what state control is i’ll summerize: It’s the ability to channel an emotion you felt from a previous experience. A lot of people get good feelings when you make them remember the old days. It’s the same concept.
- When I go to the gym I go past all the numbers floating in my head. I never keep track of sets or reps I just go until my muscles are shaking.
When I get back from the gym and I’m tired and want to quit, I think back to the gym and how I went past my limits. This forces me to just keep going. Try it.
7) Ice water. When I was in college I suffered with some bad tendonitis in my forearms. I mean I couldn’t even lift a sack of groceries without pain. The only cure that relieved it was to dip my forearms in ice water for a few minutes.
After doing this, I could do normal things but eventually the pain would return.
- Cold showers are also an amazing cure if you’ve got some stiffness anywhere in your body. If you want to go deep, check out my 10-week review of the Wim Hof breathing course. You’ll be doing ice showers, yoga, and breathing.
When I do take a break and go to the restroom, I’ll run my hands under cold water and stretch them out.
8) Have a mission. When you have a mission in life, it will light a fire under your ass like nothing you’ve ever experienced. This can’t be put in a bottle. You will have to dig deep and make it happen.
9) Have a mantra. Mantras are powerful. Celebrities use them. Successful people use them. I use them. I have a few mantras that I tell myself. One is, “I’m going to write 1000 post and cringe at the aftermath.” All artists and muscians have work they don’t want to listen to. It’s a part of the game so I just embrace it.
- The next mantra I use is, “I’m going to do more in one day, than most do in a week. I’m going to do more in a week than most do in a month. I’m going to do more in a month than most do in a year.”
When I repeat these phrases I get hyped up and I want to do more.
10) Nootropics. (Consult your doctor before taking anything listed). There are several cognitive enhancing nootropics you can take. The ones I look out for are the ones with Vinpocetine. Vinpocetine is a chemical that is known to increase blood flow to the brain and used for enhancing memory.
Some people take what are known as nootropic “stack.” A very common stack is: Caffeine and L-Theanine. L-thenine is what you find in green tea. It’s known to take the edge off of caffeine and will give you energy minus the ‘jitters’ if you a prone to them.
Then there is Niacin. If first came across this when I tried opti-energy for the first time. Niacin in some people, will cause a ‘niacin flush’. This is because Niacin dialtes the blood vessels. Anytime you get blood flowing to the brain you will be much sharper. It’s a similar feeling to running which also increases blood flow.
- I’ve experimented with tons of brain enhancing nootropics. One thing I’ve learned is no matter what you buy, it’s hit or miss with these things. Some of these just gave me a headache. The only one’s I actually felt were the caffeine and Niacin.
11) No Porn. No games. These two things sap away your time and energy. Once you cut out the porn and games you will have more energy than you know what to do with. I would say that cutting porn is better than any cognitive brain enhancing nootropic I’ve ever taken.
12) Combine all these into your ‘productivity stack.’ Your productivity stack is like a nootropic stack, or a talent stack. If you notice, there’s not one single thing that I rely on to get stuff done.
It’s a combination. When you combine, state control + the gym + writing, you will be productive. If you combine, nootropics + working out + state control + no porn + having a mission, you will be unstoppable.
13) Don’t keep count of your words. When I go to the gym and someone asks me, “How many sets do you have left?” I always say, “Until I kill myself.” Cause that’s the mentality it takes to go past your limits.
Once you know what it feels like to go past your limits, then all you do is apply this to writing. When someone asks, “How many words did you write today?” I always say, “Until I can’t write anymore.” Who knows how many words I did yesterday. I’m willing to guess it was over 5,000.