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 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.
Some additional characteristics of each hemisphere:
Handles verbal tasks (reading, writing, talking)
Solves problems logically
Looks at differences
Prefers multiple choice tests
Likes to plan and structure information
Prefers analytical tasks
Looks for patterns or similarities
Is fluid and spontaneous
Acts upon hunches or guesses
Handles visual tasks (like drawing)
Prefers open-ended questions
Handles aesthetic appreciation
It is also important to make sure that you allow your mind to relax during these breaks. If you are too stressed out, your mind will not be able to get into a state where your unconscious can freely think about the problem.
Another emotional block is the inability to tolerate chaos or ambiguity. New ideas are by nature not perfect. They are going to be rough around the edges and may have conflicting points. Through an iterative refinement process, you will be able to resolve these ambiguities.
The lack of a challenge can also be an emotional block. If you are not challenged, then you are not going to be interested in the outcome and it is unlikely that you will be able to put a lot of creative energy into new and interesting ideas. Picking problems that interest you, or finding ways to add excitement to uninteresting problems will help.
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