You exercise your body to stay physically in shape, so why shouldn't you exercise your brain to stay mentally fit? With these daily exercises you will learn how to flex your mind, improve your creativity and boost your memory. As with any exercise, repetition is necessary for you to see improvement, so pick your favorite exercises from our daily suggestions and repeat them as desired. Try to do some mentalrobics every single day!
Before you start working on a problem, use this exercise to help focus your problem statement. The idea is to zoom out or zoom in and make the problem either more general or more specific. You may discover that the problem is bigger or smaller than you originally thought and this may give you an idea for a creative solution.
For example, suppose the problem is that you have a messy living room. To zoom out, you can ask yourself why questions.
"Why is my living room messy?"
Because I don't have the time to clean it.
"Why don't I have time to clean it?"
Because I am always at work.
"Why am I always at work?"
Because I don't have an assistant to help me finish on time.
In this scenario, we have determined that the problem may be bigger than a messy room. Even if you were to clean your living room, it would just get messy again because the larger problem has not been solved. If you hire an assistant, then you'll have more time at home, and thus more time to keep your living room tidy.
Now try zooming in on the problem. The easiest way to do this is to break the problem into subproblems.
For example, you may narrow the problem to, "My desk is messy" or even "My top left desk drawer is messy" You may find a solution to the smaller problem that you never would have thought of if you had stuck with the larger problem. An added benefit of zooming in is that smaller problems are easier to start and finish than very large problems, so you are more likely to complete them.
If you ever feel overwhelmed with a problem, try zooming in. If a problem keeps reoccurring, try zooming out.
verb :: To evade especially by a clever answer.
"He skillfully parried the question with a humorous remark."
Earlier we discussed the Link System for remembering lists. This is an extremely effective mnemonic system. Let's practice with this list of 20 words. You may think that it's impossible, in only a few minutes, to memorize a list of 20 words in order, but it's actually quite easy. In an earlier practice we gave you some sample visualizations to make, but it's actual more effective if you make your own, so we're going to leave you alone this time. Using the link system, spend at least 3 minutes visualizing these objects and you should have no problem remembering them.
Drums, Teeth, Belt, Rocket, Sports Car, Tennis Ball, Scissors, Pipe, Nail, Grass, Turtle, Wedding Ring, Earth, Dust, Bed, Plate, Candy, Light Bulb, Business Card, Computer
Now close your eyes and try to recall the entire list. See how easy it was? To prove the effectiveness of this technique, make up a different list and try to memorize it without using the link system. Do you see how hard it is without the link system?