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!
1. A red rose
2. Your father
3. A cow wearing pants
4. Elvis Presley
5. The world's biggest sandwich
Once you are done, grade yourself on how clear each object appeared in your mind (clear, vague, nothing). The next time you see one of these items, pay special attention to it and try to memorize its features, then repeat this exercise and see if you've improved.
There are some items in the list that you are certain to have never seen before. These are designed to flex your ability to put several memories together into one image.
Get a piece of paper and write down a one-sentence summary of your problem or project. Then write down a few related keywords. Review the problem in your mind for a few minutes and make a conscious request to yourself to think about this problem while you sleep. Now, forget about it and go to sleep. As soon as you awaken, look at the piece of paper and read the summary and keywords. Chances are, some interesting ideas will come to mind. Write these down and review them later. You may find that the answer to your problem has come to you in your sleep.
A pen and paper is all you really need for a task list, but many people prefer using their PDA because it can keep track of important information such as due-dates and priorities. The problem with PDAs is that they have tiny screens are often difficult to use.
A web-based task list is the best of both worlds. It's easy to use and is accessible from anywhere, even from your cellphone! Toodledo.com is probably the most fully functional web-based task manager out there. Give it a try (it's free).
Sit down and write a letter to yourself about the problem you are working on. Pretend that you are writing the letter to someone who knows nothing about the project; give a good description, including everything that you have done to date. Be as detailed as possible. Don't forget to mention any constraints that are imposed on the problem and what types of solutions are preferred. Then, give your subconscious a deadline. For example, you could write, "I expect a full report by the end of the week!" It may seem silly to write to yourself in this way, but give it a try. Now close up the letter and put it away.
Unbeknownst to you, your subconscious will continue to think about the problem. When the deadline approaches, open up the letter and read it. Chances are that by that point (or possibly earlier) you will have experienced a flash of insight that illuminates a potential solution.
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