If You Only Had 15 Minutes to Sharpen Your Mind Every Day, This Is What You Can Do

How to sharpen your mind and tune up your brain

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Illustration: Davide Abbati

Switch up what you read, watch or listen

New or different content will stimulate underused brain areas, making them easier to activate again in future, and helping to increase your overall cognitive skills.

Tune-up your learning

Read a different article every day about a topic you are curious about. You can spend 5 to 10 minutes reading what you find.

Practice a hobby

If you’re into arts and crafts, painting, writing, journaling, deep reading or any personal hobby, practising your hobby for even 10 minutes a day can improve your cognitive functions since most parts of your brain will be used in the process. The key here is to practice every day.

Practice metacognition

Spend 5 minutes every day on daily life introspection. You can do this first thing the morning or just before you go to bed. Meta-cognition is “thinking about your thinking” or becoming “aware of your awareness”.

Write frequently

Writing is thinking. Anything that engaged your brain more can help you improve your cognition. “Writing is thinking. To write well is to think clearly. That’s why it’s so hard,” David McCullough once said.

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