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!
Suppose you have to do a few chores such as drop off the kids at school, go to the bank, and then do some grocery shopping. Try linking these items together in a little story: "I'm going to drop the kids off at the bank because they can crawl through the slot in the teller window and pick out the groceries from inside the vault."
The more unusual the story, the more likely you are to remember it!
With practice, it's possible to quickly remember at least a dozen items using this method, and it also gives you a chance to stretch your creativity by thinking up crazy stories.
Make it a policy in your home that meals are a social event. Remove the newspaper, turn off the television and give your family your undivided attention. If you live alone, invite a friend or neighbor over for dinner. Not only does this introduce some novelty into your day, but it also strengthens your relationships.
If you are at work, try to arrange a group lunch with coworkers or friends who work nearby. Eating lunch with coworkers in different departments is a great way to learn something new.
Over-learning is the idea behind flashcards, but it can be useful for more things than just your math quiz. Try something as simple as a list of items on a piece of paper that you carry with you. Read through the list several times a day while waiting for the elevator, at a stoplight, in line at a store, before going to sleep, etc. You will learn these items better and recall them more quickly.
Drums, Teeth, Belt, Rocket, Sports Car, Tennis Ball, Scissors, Pipe, Nail, Grass, Turtle, Wedding Ring, Earth, Dust, Bed, Plate, Candy, Light Bulb, Business Card, Computer
Now close your eyes and try to recall the entire list. See how easy it was? To prove the effectiveness of this technique, make up a different list and try to memorize it without using the link system. Do you see how hard it is without the link system?
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