Some people are naturally motivated.  They’re always on the go, up for new projects and seemingly full of energy.

Not everyone is so lucky.  Many people find themselves in a common scenario: you want to get your work done, but with no motivation to do so, procrastination rears its ugly head and to do lists end up incomplete.

Nootropics can provide a solution for people who find it hard to self-motivate naturally. Many people who have taken nootropics have reported increased levels of motivation and productivity.

Here’s a list of the best nootropics for motivation based on scientific evidence and anecdotal reports.

1. Noopept

We have discussed this nootropic in almost all aspects of neurotransmission. It continues to increase in popularity. It’s among the most popular nootropics at the time of writing this article.

Noopept has similar chemical components to the likes of piracetam; however, it’s not technically in the racetam family. It’s potent, and small doses work effectively.  This quality which makes it popular.



Noopept affects NDMA and AMPA receptors in the brain. It also boosts serotonin, acetylcholine, and dopamine.  Higher levels of dopamine have been shown to enhanced motivation and drive, while acetylcholine is essential for memory.  Serotonin is important in the regulation of sleep, mood, and appetite.

2. Phenylpiracetam

Russian scientists developed Phenylpiracetam in the 1980s. It was created to enhance motivation, physical strength, and energy. It was synthesized from piracetam, through the addition of a phenyl group to the piracetam molecule which makes it about 60 times stronger than piracetam.

Similar to other nootropics in the racetam family, there is only hazy understanding of how phenylpiracetam manages to cause its effects.  However, it is thought to increase the density of NDMA glutamate receptors in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is a section of the brain that plays an essential role in memory.



Phenylpiracetam is further thought to trigger nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the cortex and dopamine receptors in the striatum.

3. Armodafinil

Armodafinil is another eugeroic (promotes wakefulness) nootropic used to enhance and improve focus. It’s much newer than modafinil and users report that it’s even more powerful!

Armodafinil has one big advantage over modafinil, and that is its ability achieve longer lasting effects. A single dose early in the day, for instance, can keep you motivated and focused for the remainder of your waking hours.  Therefore, any nootropic user looking to sustain long bouts of focus and motivation should consider armodafinil.

Another essential aspect of armodafinil performance wise is that it is slightly more potent than modafinil.


Any nootropic user looking to sustain long bouts of focus and motivation should consider armodafinil.

4. Pramiracetam

This racetam is derived from the nootropic piracetam. It is about 30 times more potent than piracetam.

Pramiracetam works similarly to the other racetams. It influences glutamate and acetylcholine receptors by enhancing the reuptake and efficiency of their channels. Contrary to several other racetams, pramiracetam doesn’t affect the neurotransmitters dopamine or serotonin. Instead, it has an affinity for choline receptors in the hippocampus.



Benefits of Pramiracetam:

  • Enhanced Motivation
  • Improve Focus
  • Improved Learning
  • Memory
  • Enhanced Logical Thinking