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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!

Previously we learned how keeping a bug list can be a great way to discover unmet needs that you may want to solve. This exercise will help you get started on your very own bug list.

Get a piece of paper and a pencil. Spend 10 minutes writing down bugs that you notice in your daily life. If you are having difficulty getting started, go through your typical day starting from when you wake up and write down all the bugs that come to mind. Here are a few to get you started...

1. Alarm clocks don't work when the power goes out
2. Coffee takes too long to brew
3. Toothpaste tube is messy
4. Can't find car keys

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dis-coun-te-nance

verb :: To view or treat with disfavor.

"Several important considerations have been touched in the course of these papers, which discountenance the supposition that the operation of the federal government will by degrees prove fatal to the State governments." -- James Madison by Madison, James

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Once mastered, the Phonetic Mnemonic System is great for remembering things. It can be used exactly like the Link, Loci, or Peg systems to form visual associations. These associations work like a mental filing system for the information that you want to learn.

Additionally, it can be used with great success to remember numbers. We have already seen how you can use pegwords to remember numbers, and the phonetic system works in a similar way. It can actually be more efficient since a word can represent more than one digit.

Suppose that you are trying to remember the telephone number 756-1286. Using the phonetic system, we know that this number can be represented by the sounds c+l+ch + t+n+f+sh which you could remember by the words "clutch tuna fish." Similarly, you could remember the first few letters of pi (3.14159265) with the phrase "Mother day will buy any shawl."

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