Seven Habits that Improve Thinking
Here are a
few habits to build into your working and/or thinking schedule:
lighter meals in the morning and during the working hours.
how to breathe more efficiently.
Interrupt yourself to take breaks in the middle of your work.
outside as often as possible, regardless of the weather.
5. Spend 5
minutes at least twice a day staring at the sky, at wildlife, or at
Make sure you get proper sleep on a regular schedule.
sure you are physically active for at least 20 minutes each work day.
take a closer look at these necessary habits.
meals have a smaller impact on the body's resources. Heavy meals
slow us down while the body diverts resources to digestion.
Lighter does not mean unsatisfying or low fat. Simply eat a
reasonable amount of food to provide your body with protein and energy.
Eat smaller amounts more often, if necessary, but don't try to start
your work day with a huge and heavy meal. At the same time, don't
try to starve yourself if you want your brain to function freely and
is essential to life, and effective breathing is essential to good
physical and mental health. Want to get the most out of your brain? Then
breathe deeply, and breathe often. Sounds almost like a joke, doesn't
it? But I'm not laughing. Start the work day with some deep
need to spend money on expensive videos or books on the subject, just
breathe. Pick a place that is comfortable and safe, and ventilated
with free-flowing fresh air. Practice breathing in, pulling the
air into your lungs, using your gut to help pull it in, and keep
inhaling until you think you can't get any more air into your lungs.
Force a little more in, anyway. Now let it out, all of it, until
you are forcing even the last bit of air out of the deepest, lowest
recesses of your lungs. Push it all out. Now inhale again,
deeper and deeper, and deeper, well beyond what you think you can
possibly take in. And now force it all out again. All of it,
well past the point of any automatic exhale. Keep going until all the air is forced
this process 8 or 10 times. You may feel light-headed as fresh
oxygen rushes into your blood. If so, then return to normal
breathing for a couple of minutes. Then repeat the process.
Do at least 4 sets of these simple exercises at the start of your day.
And don't stop there. Become conscious of how you breathe all day.
Make it a point to breathe in deeply every few minutes, and to force out
all the stale air that tends to build up in your lungs with shallow
breathing exercises will add oxygen to your blood, improving the
function of all vital organs, including the brain. You will become
more alert, improving your ability to think clearly. You will feel
better physically. You will find it easier to move around and to
move more quickly. You will have more energy, and a fresher outlook
on life. One of the best tonics one can take each day for better health is
Interrupting oneself in the middle of important thinking to take a break
is vital to successful problem-solving. Jump up from your desk
(save your work, if you are doing something important on the computer),
and walk to the other end of the office, house or building. You
need not spend a long time away from your work, just walk quickly to get
a drink, use the restroom, or to look out the window. The brain
needs to step away from even the most important problem-solving or
creative thinking, in order to gain a new perspective.
outside, or at least leave the inner offices, if you are forced to stay
indoors. Outside is best of all. Make sure you don't lock
yourself out, if you are going out in cold weather without a coat.
Think only about what you see and feel around you, and not about the
work that still needs to be done.
time, twice a day, staring into the sky and thinking about what you see,
or what you know is there. It doesn't matter if the sky is filled
with clouds, leaves, stars or seagulls and sunshine. An
alternative is to study wildlife (including inner city sparrows or
ants), or to gaze at moving water in a fountain, at the beach, or
wherever. Allow your mind to soak up life itself and the world God
has given us.
Sleep. We are all
different in our requirements for sleep. But if you are not
sleeping properly, you won't be able to think clearly, truly efficiently
during your working hours. If you feel groggy, tired and out of
touch all day, you are not getting the sleep you need. Getting too
much sleep also slows us down. But make sure you get at least 7 or
8 hours of sleep every night. And whatever your work schedule,
make sure you sleep the same hours each night or day. Constantly
changing the times of rest and sleep will keep your body confused, and
this will drain the brain's own resources — resources you want and need
for optimum performance and effective thinking. Be more creative
in your problem solving by getting proper sleep.
activity in human health is not an option. Just as deep-breathing
helps, so also physical activity helps to keep the blood in good
circulation, and all the organs in top shape. Walking is a great
exercise. Walk briskly, even from room to room. Use the
steps whenever possible. Flex hands and fingers at every
opportunity. Standing all day? Rise up on your toes, over
and over, to pump the calf muscles and ankles. Use and move every
joint in your body. Rotate your neck, raise your shoulders, move
novels and movies, high-powered thinkers (executives and entrepreneurs)
often engage in physically demanding sports or recreation. This is
based, somewhat, on fact, as many of the most successful men and women
understand the link between physical activity and sharp minds.
Even those who aren't aware of the link benefit from the activity.
A healthy, active body feeds the brain with oxygen and nutrients
necessary to productive thinking. And discipline of the body
carries over into a well-ordered mind.
Make Sharp Thinking a Regular Habit
you do in this life, learn not to go along half awake, only half aware
of your circumstances and the world around you. Think about life,
about your own needs, the needs of others, the problems facing our
world. Turn the radio or TV off, and just think about things while
you drive to work or to the house. Don't let yourself be bombarded
all day by the noise of other people's ideas, opinions and activity.
yourself exercises to perform with your mind. Like puzzles?
Solve some. Think about how to build a house in a desert with only
a hammer and a knife for tools. Thinks about how to provide water
to the arid regions of the world. Think about how to make paint
from berries and mud, or how to build a chair, make a super-light car
for the general population, or how to provide all children with an
education, with decent clothes and with good food. Solve some
problems. Create something completely new. Use your mind.
mental challenges will help you in your own work, no matter how
unrelated the ideas may seem at first. Your mind is not tired of
thinking, no matter how old you are. If anything, your mind craves
a real challenge, a new goal, an opportunity to go all out. There
is no problem on this earth that a human mind cannot solve. We are
problem-solving creatures. That's what we do. That is our
gift from the Creator. And when we engage in solving problems, we
grow as human beings.