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!
One way to come up with new ideas or improve upon existing ideas is to elaborate on them. In fact, some people believe that all new ideas are elaborations of existing ideas. You should always be striving to improve your ideas and solutions by adding depth or detail. You can use the following nine different principles to help in your elaborations.
Can I put something in place of something else?
Can I combine two ideas into one?
How could I make something similar work?
Modify or Magnify
How can I alter or expand the use of this idea?
Put to other use
What other applications is this idea useful for?
What parts of the idea can I get rid of?
Rearrange or Reverse
How can I rearrange the components? What are some opposite ideas?
You can remember the above nine principles by using the acronym SCAMPER.
adjective :: Diligent in application or pursuit; constant, steady, and persevering in business, or in endeavors to effect an object; steadily industrious; assiduous
"She wondered what sort of herbs they were which the old man was so sedulous to gather." --Hawthorne, Nathaniel
Once you have gotten someone's name and made it meaningful, you can further improve your memory for names and faces by associating this name with the person's face.
To do this, you need to first focus on the person's face and find something distinctive about it. Maybe they have bright red hair or a big bushy mustache. Try to pick a feature that will not easily change (for example, don't pick lipstick color). Whatever it is, focusing on that distinctive feature will help imprint that person's face into your memory.
To link their name to their face, you can form a visual association with your substitute word and the distinctive feature. For example, to remember Mr. Pine, you might visualize a pine tree growing out of the bald spot on his head.
To remember a person's profession, try adding something to the association. For example, you could visualize a stethoscope around the neck of a doctor or you could visualize a dentist with huge oversized teeth.