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!
As we go about our daily business, we are constantly making decisions based on guesses and estimates. This exercise will help improve your ability to make educated guesses about time.
When you are estimating each answer, try to pay attention to how you are solving the problem. Are you guessing the whole number or are you trying to calculate it based on smaller guesses? Avoid using a calculator or pen and paper until after you have made your guestimate.
1. How much time per year do you spend on the Internet?
2. How much time per month do you spend in a car?
3. How long would it take you to count to a million?
4. If you were a bird, how long would it take you to fly to the North Pole?
5. How long does it take to fill up your bathtub?
With practice, you will get better and making estimates by making quick approximations and simplification.
Start a box or folder for clippings of interesting articles, pictures, or notes. Any time you see something in a magazine or newspaper that sparks your imagination, tear it out and put it in your box. If you can't tear it out, take a photo or make a little sketch and put that in your box instead.
Whenever you need inspiration for something, dig through your box of clippings for ideas that you can apply to your current project. If you have the space, you could pin the clippings up on the wall instead of storing them in a box. This way, you can be reminded of an idea whenever you walk by the wall.
From time to time, go through your clippings and get rid of ideas that are out of date or no longer interest you.
Look around and find an ordinary object nearby. Try to come up with a dozen different names for that object. Be creative and silly. For example a stapler may be a 'Metalbendulator'.
Sometimes, a creative idea is very similar to an existing idea, but has subtle differences. In order to express your idea, you'll need to be able to come up with words to describe these nuances.
This exercise will help. How many creative synonyms can you find for the following words? As you come up with each word, try to picture in your mind the small differences between the synonym and the original word.
Happy: Jolly (having a little more humor than happy), tickled pink (having a lot more humor than happy)... there are least 30 more synonyms for you to discover.
Red: Blood-red (darker red), magenta (a little purpler than red)...Try for 20 more similar colors.
Pick any word and repeat this exercise as many times as you wish.
This exercise will test your ability to recall and recreate sounds in your mind. This stretches the part of the brain where audio is stored. Close your eyes and try to hear the following sounds:
1. Opening a can of soda
2. A jackhammer
3. A bee buzzing around you head
4. A harmonica
5. Your best friend's voice
How well did you do at reproducing these sounds in your head? With practice you'll get better at imagining sounds.