On this site we talk a lot about getting stronger, building up your muscles and overall just getting in better shape.
What tends to happen with myself and a lot of others is that we get so caught up in putting in work on those parts where we can actually see results (the body) and kind of forget about the other things.
Well I finally realized this, some years ago and made the effort to be putting in more focus on developing my thinking muscles a long with my biceps (not usually at the same time).
If this reminds you of yourself and want to try and make some time to develop your thinking skills a little better than I’ve put together a list here in this article for you to see what worked for me.
Before I present this list, I just want to say I’m not a licensed in anything medical in no way, shape or form.
Everything I’m presenting here is what has worked for me, so I just wanted to point that out so please only take this as just me telling you of things I’ve done and not to use anything I say here as any sort of cure or fix for anything because I’m in no way qualified to tell anyone that.
Now that we got that out of the way let’s get into the good stuff.
Swap Out Your Music For Audio Courses, Podcasts Or Audiobooks.
There are tons of audio courses out there that you can find for almost anything, like how to learn marketing or learn another language.
Some you can find for free with other being paid courses for places such as udemy.
There are also lots of podcasts that you can listen to that can be very similar in terms of learning but can have a more fun approach to them, instead of a teaching course.
Most of these you can usually find for free, just search itunes or stitcher to see what podcasts are available in the area you’re looking for.
A third thing can be an audiobook, such as an actual book on tape pretty much. It doesn’t have to be focusing teaching you anything, rather just telling a story just like a regular book.
Audio Vs Reading: Wouldn’t Actual Seeing & Reading The Material Be Better Than Listening To It?
For the most part yes but, myself like a lot of people vary rarely have time to sit down and just do something as simple as reading a book.
Our time is invested in other things, such as work, kids and all kinds of other things that grab up your time during the day.
This is where the audio part allows us to be able to actually starting learning some of this stuff that we usually wouldn’t have the time to do.
This can be from listening to it on your commute, when working out/running, or maybe at work even if you’re allowed to.
With most of these we’re already listening to something like the radio or music so swapping out those for something that will get your mind actually thinking should be an easy switch.
Use Games & Tasks To Get Your Mind Working
This can be something like a crossword puzzle or a rubiks cube but nowadays most of us don’t carry around a newspaper and I’m not sure when the last time I actually seen a rubiks cube was.
These were just something to give you an idea of what I mean by games or tasks.
Nowadays, we have plenty of stuff that falls in this type of category but it can be all digital based like through an app on our phone or on a website. Some of these are actually pretty fun like the app words with friends.
Try To Reduce The Amount Of Time You Watch T.V
When I’m watching T.V, there isn’t much going on in my head. I’m like a zombie just zoned into whatever it is I’m watching.
If you can replace this with reading, that would be ideal because you’re still relaxing in a sort but it’s got more going on in your brain.
The good thing here is that most of the stuff that comes on television is actually created off of books so you get the benefit of not having to wait for it to come out.
This is the only thing that I do, the only exception would be trying to learn a skill.
For example, when I created this website, I had zero idea what I was doing and it really made think on how to do certain things.
Was it stressful? Absolutely, but I learned a new skill and built something out of it.
I will add to this list, as I come across new things that maybe be of interest for you guys.
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