Mini Life Hacks' Awareness Challenge
How much of the world do you actually observe as it races by each day?
Many people don't understand the full benefit of exercising their brains. It's hard to conceive that your brain acts similar to a muscle and can become stronger with practice, but it is true. You have probably seen this, just don't recognize it. People who tell jokes or are quick with humor get quicker and better as they practice it in daily life. Fashion designers may have a better grasp of color differentiation than most folks since they practice it every day. Accountants remember numbers better, and so on.
Remembering things like events, items, meals, details and lists can all be practiced in the same way.
Despite the wives-tales, your brain is just as receptive to new information and knowledge when you get older as it is when you're young as long as you keep up the practice! The problem here is that we're often not presented with as many mental challenges as we grow older, nor do we remain quite as curious as we were when we were young. Keep up the curiosity!
MiniLifeHacks "Awareness Challenge"
I've created the Mini Life Hacks "Awareness Challenge" which is a simple widget that asks a simple question once a day. The questions are designed to be very particular and if you can answer it, you get the prize!
The prize is: The cranial workout you get regurgitating thoughts and experiences from the depths of your memory. This time spent can be considered a workout for your memory. Over time it will become easier to remember the types of details these questions encourage.
To get you started I've outlined how a question should be pondered here. Some questions will be easier than others, and you can learn something about yourself by observing the way your memory of this event formulates in your head.
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
Example of ponderance and consideration:
- Did you visualize the cereal in the bowl at your place at the table this morning? If so, you might be a visual learner and it would behoove you to try to visualize events when attempting to remember certain things.
- Did you remember hearing the crunching when you ate? If so, you're probably an audible learner and could help yourself to remember things by trying to remember what people said, or what music or noise was in the air at a given time.
- Did you first remember feeling the crunching of the cereal in your jaw? If so, remembering events could be easier for you if you focus on tactile stimuli surrounding it. What bowl did I use, what spoon... etc.
- You get the picture. Just be sure to observe yourself on a daily basis. This will give you a lot of insight as far as the best methods for you to approach many different tasks.
When attempting to come up with an answer for these questions it's important to immerse yourself in whatever experience is necessary to recall the appropriate information. For the cereal example, ask yourself: Where was I when I ate it? Was there a particular bite I enjoyed? What items were on the table next to my bowl? What color bowl was it? Which way was the cereal box oriented in the cupboard? Try to recall objects and events on all sides of the item in question, both in time and in space.
If you're not able to get it right away, don't get frustrated. Frustration can cause a mental block and it's just not healthy. Try to keep up a good relationship with yourself and enjoy the questions!