Monday, July 28, 2014

Train your brain

Intelligence is not a fixed quantity. There are many ways to improve your mental horsepower. Brain is a muscle which you have to use to keep it active and feed to make it better.
Surround yourself with people whom you admire and who are smarter than you - something will get stuck on you too eventually.
Make a goal of learning something new every day - it might be reading a random wikipedia page during your break, watching a TED talk at lunchtime, reading a few pages before bed or even learn a few words of a foreign language every day.
 Expose yourself to new circumstances and new topics.
Keep your learning spontaneous and make it fun. Your ability to learn is much smaller when you are tense or pushing yourself too hard.
Another good trick is to keep a daily diary of what you have learnt or what you have taken interest in. That way you can keep track of what's been going on and refresh your memory later. By repeating and writing things down, they get set in your brain much better.
Explain it to others. Stick with your topic for as long as you can explain it to others. It's fairly easy to get new information, but the challenging part is to truly grasp it. You know that you have properly understood something, when you can explain and pass it on. Or as Einstein said - if you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
And take down-time - time for just thinking and processing what's been going on in your head. Meditate. It might take some practice to learn to concentrate on specific things or absolute silence, but your mind will be much more relaxed, peaceful and functional once you have mastered it.
Take interst in random new things. Even learning the functioning mechanisms of a fridge, an origami pattern or some calligraphy might end up being useful assets to your unique set of skills and competence. "You can't connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking back."
Or your daily brain-booster can even be as simple as playing a game - chess, sudoku, scrabble, memory games.. whatever works for you!
Instead of checking your social network feed 30 times a day or surfing for skateboarding kittens at 4chan, do yourself a favour and invest time in yourself
 by learning something.
Every day.
Make it a conscious habit.
Your future self will thank you for it.

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