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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!

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noun :: Plain to the understanding especially because of clarity and precision of presentation.

"Joe recited this couplet with such manifest pride and careful perspicuity, that I asked him if he had made it himself." --Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

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People are much better at remembering meaningful facts than random facts. This is because the mind takes advantage of all the pre-existing synapses that are already built up in the brain. If you are ever required to memorize facts for a test or meeting, you can improve your ability to remember the facts by organizing the data.

You could organize the material by category, alphabetically, chronologically, or by any other method that will help you group facts and give them some extra meaning. If you can, try to organize the material in several different ways. This will give your mind extra ways to retrieve the facts at a later time. For example, if you learn the names of the presidents of the United States in alphabetical and chronological order, you will have a much better chance at remembering them than if you learned them without any organization whatsoever.

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If you ever feel like your brain is cluttered because you have so many little tasks to do and you don't know what to do next, try this simple technique.

First, make a list of every single little thing that you need to do. Be sure that this list is complete and only contains the little things. Big projects should be left off the list. Now, start at the top of your list and complete each task one by one in a continuous unbroken stream of focused energy. By fusing all these small things into one single chunk of time you can quickly get everything done and out of your mind. This will allow you to focus your full attention on a bigger task, or to have a relaxing weekend knowing that all your chores are out of the way.

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When we are confronted with a problem, we typically look for a solution by thinking about past problems that we have encountered. Because a certain solution worked last time, we are confident that it is the best. This is uncreative thinking.

A creative thinker thinks about the problem from many different angles. This gives them a number of possible solutions to choose from, which helps them find a unique elegant solution.

The next time you are confronted with a problem (even a very tiny one), instead of jumping to the first obvious solution, take a step back and see if you can find several alternatives. At first this is going to be difficult to do, but with practice you will be able to come up with many alternative solutions to your daily problems.

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