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!
Have you ever had the feeling that your mind is too cluttered to concentrate on a particular task? If so, this little exercise will help clear out your thoughts.
Get a pad of paper and start writing down everything that is on your mind. Include everything that you need to do, everything that is bothering you, everything that worries you, anything you regret, wishes, hopes, etc. Put it all down on the paper. Don't stop until you can't think of anything else. This has the effect of clearing out your mental closet. With a list of everything that you are thinking about, you'll be able to set priorities and make quicker decisions. This will free you up to think creatively about something that you were previously unable to tackle.
For each of the following statements, come up with two plausible reasons why they are true. Now, come up with two plausible reasons why they are false.
1. Candy is bad for you.
2. In a tennis match, the taller player will win more often.
3. Global warming can be reversed.
You can repeat this exercise by using any subjective statement that you can find. This exercise will help you to see that many issues have different sides to them.
As we go about our daily business, we are constantly making decisions based on guesses and estimates. This exercise will help improve your ability to make educated guesses about time.
When you are estimating each answer, try to pay attention to how you are solving the problem. Are you guessing the whole number or are you trying to calculate it based on smaller guesses? Avoid using a calculator or pen and paper until after you have made your guestimate.
1. How much time per year do you spend on the Internet?
2. How much time per month do you spend in a car?
3. How long would it take you to count to a million?
4. If you were a bird, how long would it take you to fly to the North Pole?
5. How long does it take to fill up your bathtub?
With practice, you will get better and making estimates by making quick approximations and simplification.
Start a box or folder for clippings of interesting articles, pictures, or notes. Any time you see something in a magazine or newspaper that sparks your imagination, tear it out and put it in your box. If you can't tear it out, take a photo or make a little sketch and put that in your box instead.
Whenever you need inspiration for something, dig through your box of clippings for ideas that you can apply to your current project. If you have the space, you could pin the clippings up on the wall instead of storing them in a box. This way, you can be reminded of an idea whenever you walk by the wall.
From time to time, go through your clippings and get rid of ideas that are out of date or no longer interest you.
Look around and find an ordinary object nearby. Try to come up with a dozen different names for that object. Be creative and silly. For example a stapler may be a 'Metalbendulator'.