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!
Motivation is the feeling that causes us to perform actions. Hunger motivates us to eat, boredom motivates us to play and loneliness motivates us to make friends. Without motivation of some sort, we wouldn't accomplish much.
Motivation can be described as either direct or indirect. Direct motivation is like hunger. The action that you perform (eating) directly satisfies the need (hunger). Indirect motivation is a little more complicated because there is something in between the action and the fulfilled need. For example, money may be an indirect motivation to work hard. Money by itself is useless unless you spend it on something, like your rent or mortgage. Having a place to live is the motivation to work hard and money sits in the middle as an indirect motivator.
Motivation can also be described in terms of intrinsic or extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is something that you do for no other reason than your own enjoyment. Reading a book or having a hobby are good examples. Extrinsic motivation uses rewards, such as money, to encourage you to do something that you may not want to do on your own. A combination of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation can be a powerful force. If you enjoy what you are doing and get rewarded for it, you are certainly going to keep doing it!
Intrinsic motivation and creativity are closely interrelated. If you don't enjoy what you are doing, your mind will not be in the right state to think creatively. Finding ways to turn dull tasks into interesting activities is an important skill to learn if you want to be creative in everything that you do. Our Mentalrobics activities can help you learn how to do this.
A verbal is a verb that is used as a noun, adjective or adverb. For example, the verb sing can be turned into a noun by adding -ing as in, "People enjoy my singing". There are three types of verbals.
We have just seen this type of verbal. These are constructed by adding -ing to a verb to turn it into a noun. Here are some more examples:
"I went fishing."
"I love reading what you write"
A participle is a verb that is used as an adjective. A present participle always ends in -ing but a past participle can have different endings (-ed, -en, -d, -t, -n). Here are a few examples:
"The crying baby was hungry."
"Bob crawled away from the broken toy."
An infinitive is an unconjugated verb with the word "to" in front of it. These can be used as nouns, adjectives or adverbs. Some examples:
"I waited for the weekend to arrive."
"He wants to fly."
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you walked in there? Have you ever forgotten to give someone a telephone message? Ever forgotten an errand that you needed to run? Everyone experiences absentmindedness on a regular basis. Absentmindedness is caused by the failure to pay attention to what you need to do. It is usually caused by one of three different scenarios.
1. The thing you need to do is part of a habit or routine such that it requires very little attention.
2. You are distracted by something that takes your attention away from the thing you need to do.
3. You are trying to do two things at the same time.
It is impossible to completely overcome absentmindedness, but you can take steps to reduce it, such as getting organized, keeping written notes, repeating what you need to do out loud, or using mnemonics such as the Loci System to better organize your ideas.