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!
This little exercise will help you unleash your creativity. Pretend that you are in charge of coming up with a new superhero for a comic book. Take 5 minutes and come up with as many unique creative names as you can for this superhero. What is his or her super power?
How many did you get?
0-5 You need to practice.
5-10 Pretty good. Next time try for double.
11-20 Good job!
20+ You have an excellent imagination.
You can repeat this exercise as many times as you want with different products (try our Chocolate Cereal exercise). The more you practice the better you'll get.
These number exercises will help improve your concentration and mental endurance.
1. Recite all the numbers between 1 and 100 that contain the digit 3 (3, 13, 23...).
2. Count down from 200 by 7s (200, 193, 186...).
3. Recite the numbers by alternatly counting up by 2s and by 3s (2-3, 4-6, 6-9, 8-12...).
4. Try reciting a number series while writing down a different series. Pick any number series you want (up by 2s, down by 7s, every number containing 4s, etc.).
Feel free to modify these exercises and practice them to increase your ability.
Our attention is easily diverted by any number of distractions (a song on the radio, an overheard conversation, an itch, etc). The next time you need to concentrate on something, pay attention to what distracts you from your task. What types of things divert your attention? How does it feel to be distracted by something against your will?
If you become aware of which types of things can easily distract you, you can try to block them out when you need to concentrate. For example, you could turn off the radio if you are easily distracted by music.
One of the things you notice about creative people is that they are extremely prolific thinkers. They produce tons and tons of ideas both good and bad. A creative thinker is constantly rethinking and recombining ideas into different permutations.
To be a creative thinker, try to force relationships between seemingly unconnected ideas, and don't be afraid to record an idea that you're not sure is correct. You can always come back to it later and combine it with something else to get a new idea. Go for quantity in your ideas and try not to censor yourself.
Every brainstorm should have a large stack of paper and pens because one of the best ways to communicate your ideas in a Brainstorm is to be visual. Draw it, act it out, or make a little model out of pencils and rubber bands.
The more visual you can make your idea, the better you will be able to communicate it to the group, and the quicker they will be able to understand and build on it.
Another part of being visual is that all the ideas should be written where everyone can see them. A whiteboard or big sheet of paper works well for this. Write big so everyone can read the ideas. At the end of the brainstorm, you can have everyone use Post-its or colored markers to vote for their favorite ideas.