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!
Previously, we discussed how different environments can affect performance. This exercise will help you determine what types of things help or hinder your own creativity.
First, think about your current conceptual productivity and rank it on a scale of 1 to 10. This will serve as a benchmark to determine improvement in the future. Now, get a piece of paper and describe the most ideal environment that you can imagine. If you could design and build the perfect office or study, what would you do? Think about lighting, noise, temperature, access to materials, access to food, collaboration with friends and co-workers, communication, etc.
Once you are done, compare this perfect environment to the one in which you currently work. What small changes could you make to move your current space toward your ideal? Make these changes. Once you have used the new space for a while, rank your productivity again and see if it has improved.
If you work in a group, have everyone do this exercise (anonymously if desired) and see what the team has in common. If you implement these common requests, you'll be boosting the productivity of everyone involved.
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Naturally, people pay more attention to the things that interest them. If you like sports, you are going to remember teams and stats much more readily than someone who is not interested in sports. There are two ways to use this fact to your advantage when you need to remember something that is not interesting.
One way is to try to make the material more meaningful by looking for ways that it is similar to something that you enjoy.
Another way is to use rewards and punishments. For example, if you can recall 10 items from your flashcards or study for a full hour, you could reward yourself with a study break and a piece of candy. Some people may give themselves the reward even if they fail the task, so if you have trouble being honest with yourself ask someone to dispense the rewards for you.