There are several factors in life that can make you feel as dull as a brick.
And the sad thing is that by the time you realize it, it’s very hard to returned to that focused state you remember you once had. Repeating curriculum, long periods of inactivity due to illness or other reasons may render a person not entirely able to function the way he or she once did.
Thus the need is born – to keep your mind sharp at all times. This stimulates your creativity and allows you to be inspired more easily.
The Underlying Factors
Ever notice how as soon as you passed elementary school you stopped doing math by hand, and started using the calculator?
Suddenly, you never multiplied anything using your brain anymore, and the next time you actually tried (after several years, no less) you could barely remember how it was done, let alone manage to pull it off quickly.
Same thing happens in many other spheres of life – your brain stops to work at full power once you find quick workarounds.
Doing lots of menial tasks and having a gray and monotonous everyday schedule can contribute to that too. These are things you should avoid at all cost.
Some Useful Tips to Promote a Sharp Mind
Here are a few valuable tips you can use to keep your mind sharp all the time.
- Take Care of Your Body
Most of us don’t have the time, resources or good will to be health nuts, however there are some simple things nearly everyone can do to keep their body fit to a certain extent, which will help the mind as well.
Romans used to say that one should have a “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, and to keep up to that proverb you can do a few simple things – dedicate half an hour once or twice weekly for jogging, walk to work if that’s an option, or at least walk a mile every day, in whatever pace you want.
Reduce caffeine intake 4 to 5 hours before bed – this will make your sleep quite a lot healthier and will make you more productive in the morning.
- Read, Read, Read
A piece of advice you likely see quite too often.
It’s very likely that you’re already doing it, as you’re reading this article right now. But to keep up the good work, try finding lots of information and sifting through what might be relevant and interesting for you. Don’t be afraid to dig further into complex topics.
The other way is also an option – read less and more general information but for a variety of different topics. Once you explore lots of different things, you’ll be able to cross-reference and abstract them in your head, allowing for better creativity.
- Give Your Mind Some Rest from Time to Time
Leading psychologists suggest dedicating ten minutes per day to doing absolutely nothing.
That’s right, basically staring at the ceiling!
One might wonder what the purposes of that would be at first glance, but when you think about it , this is actually the most primitive form of meditation that anyone can do!
By doing this you’ll help prevent your mind from overloading.
- Find New Challenges, New Hobbies and New Tasks
An old proverb says that the mind is like the blade – it gets rusty if it’s not used. So to keep your mind from “catching rust” you’ll need to present it with a variety of new difficulties and challenges.
What better way to do that than to learn how to play an instrument for example? Or start a new hobby, like knitting, origami or any sort of applied art.
There are a plethora of tutorials and helpful communities online, and for most hobbies you’ll need to invest only a little money on the basic necessities you’ll need at first.
You can also find a pen pal to help you learn another language.
The opportunities are all around you!
In conclusion, following some kind of loose schedule can help direct your mind to becoming a more productive machine, or rather a furnace for new ideas and creations, making you a person who can derive inspiration from nearly everything around him.
Zohaib Akhlaq is the founder of HowEntrepreneur.com where he teach entrepreneurs and startup owners something new daily. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.
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