How To Keep Your Mind Strong and Memory Sharp

The mind is such an amazing thing. It’s much like any other muscle in your body and never stops changing but if you don’t exercise it, just like any muscle, it will get weaker and cease to function. Today much of what previous generations minds were used for is done by computers. That’s great right? It lets us do a lot more important things with our minds since we can let the computers do all the leg work but that legwork, mathematics, problem solving, visual stuff that the computers do for us exercises a different part of our minds than other things and if we don’t do those menial things every once in a while we’ll forget how. Here are some things you can do to keep the old noggin ticking nice and strong.

What’s The Password?

We can’t let convenience take away things that make us stronger. One of those things that most people let computers do that they shouldn’t is remember passwords. You have a password for everything you hit on the Internet now and I agree, having 30,000 passwords rattling around up in your mind takes some effort to keep track of. I’m here to tell you that that effort is worth it.

Passwords are one little part of our world that you’re better off keeping to yourself. First of all, remembering your passwords, not writing them down or letting your browser remember them for you will keep your identity and Online information safe. Browsers are not 100% secure and neither are computers or networks in general. If you’re password is saved out there, there is a chance someone could get at it.

Of course the point of this post is about keeping the mind sharp and remember those passwords, yes each and every one of them, will do just that.

What’s Cookin’?

Another place that small detail matters is in the kitchen. Recipes are much tougher than a password because you don’t just have to remember a single work on individual characters but you have to remember ingredients, measurements of those ingredients, sequence of action and past experience. No matter how detailed a recipe, you will have your own experience with it in your own kitchen, your altitude and technique.

Instead of reading your favorite recipe each time, try to remember them. I’m not saying remember every recipe you have but just the ones you cook most often. I decided a few years ago that I was tired of having to read the recipe off the back of the chocolate chips every time I made cookies, so I made a point to memorize the recipe. I’m a tad heavier now…but I haven’t forgotten that recipe!

What’s New?

Memorizing things you do often is great. It can save you time and exercise your mind. But memorizing the same old thing can get old and your mind needs more than that. You wouldn’t exercise just one of your biceps would you? Learning something new will really stretch your mind and give you a feeling of accomplishment like nothing else. I’m not talking about simply learning a new fact of the day, I’m talking about learning a new language or complete new way of doing something. Learn a new spoken language or exercise one you learned and have forgotten. Learn something intense, interesting and exciting. Have fun and exercise that mind of yours.

I love learning new things and finding new ways to exercise my mind. How do you exercise yours?

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» Finance Plan GuruNo Gravatar said: { Jul 8, 2011 - 10:07:49 }

Going off of your cooking example, I think it is important to practice trades that can never be perfected. It keeps our mind sharp as you make connections and progress with your own style and learning over an extended amount of time. As for memorization, I try to keep from reliance on a calendar and keep scheduled payments and expenses from straying far from my thoughts in planning.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

That is an excellent point! Things that continue to change no matter how much we work on memorizing them keep our brain on it’s to speak (that’s an image for ya huh?)

I try to do all my schedules by memory too. I write them down to help train my brain, but don’t rely on my notes if I can help it.

» KrantcentsNo Gravatar said: { Jul 8, 2011 - 02:07:16 }

One of the things I use to keep me sharp is reading a great deal in varied subjects. I read mysteries, business articles and of course blogs. I am taking a math class this summer to get a supplemental credential and next year I will learn Spanish. Playing games

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Learning a new language twists your brain in so many ways, it’s probably one of the best things you can do to sharpen your mind.

» Ash @ Sterling EffortNo Gravatar said: { Jul 9, 2011 - 07:07:51 }

I was talking about this to a couple of friends only yesterday. I think learning stuff is important, even if you can’t see a practical use for that information. For example, I take an interest in particle physics. I have absolutely no practical use for that knowledge but still somehow feel that it helps me in a deeper way than just providing enjoyment.

Our brains are generalizing machines. You learn how to open a door, you can open all doors. This is true even though the doors you use tomorrow may be completely different to the ones you used today. Our brains use our vast stores of information and generalize it to allow us to create new ideas, solve problems and think in different ways. If we don’t spend time feeding our brains with facts, challenges and concepts, how can we expect to generate creative ideas or solve problems?

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

Ash you are one smart fella 🙂 that door opening analogy is perfect – thats exactly what I was trying to get at in this post. Keep feeding that brain!

» Super FrugaletteNo Gravatar said: { Jul 14, 2011 - 09:07:03 }

I have also considered memorizing recipes. However, I have decided that perhaps next year, I will memorize other things pertaining to food such as which temperature meats of various categories need to be to be considered safe to eat.

Jesse MichelsenNo Gravatar Reply:

That’s important info to know too and would definitely put your brain through a workout. Let me know how it goes!

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