Enhancing your memory tricks? So what types of exercises benefit your brain? Research shows that when it comes to keeping your mind sharp, exercising your body as well as your mind and sticking to healthy habits is the ideal formula. A study published in July 2019 in The Journal of the American Medical Association followed 196,383 participants age 60 and older who did not have cognitive impairment or dementia when they joined the study and tracked data for eight years on factors such as current smoking status, regular physical activity, healthy diet, and moderate alcohol consumption. They found that a healthy lifestyle was associated with a lower dementia risk among participants, regardless of genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Generally, it’s just a matter of deciding to do something good. Develop the habit of finding a good deed to do each day. Set aims and goals and follow through with them to attain them. By setting goals and gradually working to attain them, you will grow mentally. At the end of each day, write down five things for which you are thankful. It looks simple, but it’s a game changer. Finishing your day on a good note will confirm that you look back on it with a sense of achievement and contentment, making it easier for you to get up and go to work the next morning.

Heavy crossword players show the same rate of cognitive decline as people who do few crossword puzzles. Think of this: You can’t get rid of radio static by turning up the volume. Many people raise the volume because their listening has become “detuned” — a little fuzzy. Matching TV volume to a conversational level can help you catch every word when talking with others.

When it comes to learning new information, it’s, again, all about repetition — an exercise that is doubly important for business leaders. There’s a relational cost to forgetting the name of a regional manager or the family structure of a potential client. Filing details fast can save you in the long run. Use these tactics to practice: Look up new people you meet online. Seeing their names in different contexts can help you commit them to memory. Ask a lot of questions in conversations, even if you might have already learned the answer to a question in your online research. The repetition of information will help it stand out in your mind later on. When meeting new clients or job candidates specifically, regroup with your internal team to consolidate details. Run through the list of people you connected with and confirm your data against the group’s. What other people remember can help spark your own recall. See additional details at Neuroscientia.

Multiple Simultaneous Attention is the ability to multitask with success. It is the ability to move attention and effort back and forth between two or more activities when engaged in them at the same time. It makes demands on sustained attention, response inhibition and speed of information processing, and also requires planning and strategy. Working Memory refers to the ability to remember instructions or keep information in the mind long enough to perform tasks. We use simple working memory when we look at a phone number and keep it in mind while we dial it. Working memory is the sketch pad of the mind where we put things to think about and manipulate.