Five Daily Hacks to Sharpen Your Mind

1. Take a walk.

Go and visit Nature.

Regular outdoor nature walks have been found to make you more creative, reduce stress, and improve your memory, your thinking skills, and your cognitive function.


2. Chew Gum.

Good gum chewing can strengthen your concentration on tasks that demand continuous visual monitoring. In Medical School, I learnt about the Trigeminal Nerve (the Fifth Cranial Nerve), a branch of which is sensitized by chewing; which in turn stimulates the part of the brain responsible for alertness. Hence, chewing gum increases our alertness and our attention span.


3. Do something for the first time.

Do some things at random. download Duolingo app and teach yourself a new language. It has been very helpful for me in learning Spanish.

Dabble through any preferable musical instrument with a guide from Youtube. If you don’t have your choice instrument, you can get the Walkband app. Many more instruments are also there. It’s also been very helpful to me.

These, and other similar daily randoms help you develop new neural pathways in your brain, which keeps you smarter.

4. Update your Journal.

Or start keeping one if you don’t have any. Punctuate some ten minutes of each day away to ponder on fresh ideas; then write them down in your journal. Quora has been an easy and great idea funnel for me. I’ve only gone to study up, consult my experiences, and then synthesize my new ideas into the answer am giving.

Sure I know am inches smarter than I was before. And tomorrow will be another great chance to do same.


5. Start a Challenge.

Perhaps a 30-day, or even a one-year challenge. Commit to something — anything worthwhile — for ten minutes. You may not only make a hobby of it, it could also become financially resourceful.

Set goals around it, and get a friend you can be accountable to. In the process, you stretch your comfort zone and grow.

Oops…. and I got three bonus hacks! Enjoy…

6. Join the Toastmasters Club.

Public speaking has been found to be the #1 human fear. Toastmasters is an international organisation that trains people in the art of public speaking, to help them learn how to communicate better, and express themselves in a more engaging way. You can find and join the club nearest to you.

7. Invest in your personal growth.

Read at least 1 good personal development article a day. Of course you’d already mentioned podcasts. Also add audio books. You’re a new Blink away from a smarter you. Am a witness myself. It’s a daily, 10–15 minute summary of some really cool PD books. Check it out. And commit to the lessons​ you learn. That’s when the growth happens.

8. Take a nap.

Yes. Naps are great too. Naps increase alertness and performance at work. It also clears your brain’s short-term memory storage and makes more space for new information, hence improving your learning capacity.

So much. It also relieves stress, etc.


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