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!
verb :: To pretend incapacity so as to avoid work.
"The soldier was malingering because he didn't want to go into battle."
Your environment has a big impact upon your creative ability. If you work in a cubicle with perfectly white walls, boring furniture and elevator music, your creativity is probably going to be stifled.
Each person has his or her own particular environment that fosters performance. Some people do better in cold rooms, some in hot rooms. Some people like music, and others require silence. Some additional factors that affect performance are windows, lighting, color, decorations, food and drink, size of space, etc.
If you work in a group, try to be sensitive to the needs of your teammates. If you know that someone works best in silence, try to keep your music down (or use headphones). If some people work well on a sugar high, bring cookies and soda into your brainstorms. Simple changes around the office or classroom can have big effects on how people function in those spaces.
Many students study in bed before going to sleep. They may also study in bed at other times because it is a comfortable place. This should be avoided because it can interfere with good sleep. If you study in bed, then studying will become associated with your bed, and whenever you get into bed your mind will think about studying. An active mind can cause difficulty in falling to sleep, and sleep is very important, especially for students who rarely get an adequate amount of it. Additionally, there is not enough time for material that is learned immediately before going to sleep to sink into our minds; it is often forgotten by the time we wake up.
Another possibility is that sleep might become associated with studying. If this happens, whenever you sat down to study, regardless of the time or place, your mind will start to get sleepy. Obviously, this would limit the effectiveness of your studying!