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Work-out for the grey cells

The ability of controlling our attention is the basis for concentrated working. Not only your muscles, also your brain profits from regular training, because concentration can be learned. Concentration exercises are only leading to success, if they are made regularly. These little work-outs will help you, to master the next meeting or the full work sheet.

 

Exercise 1: Relaxing your back and neck

 

Sit on the front edge of your office chair with your back straight. Fold the hands behind your back and carefully pull up your arms behind the back. Relax shoulders and neck, breath in and out deeply and hold this position for some time.

 

Exercise 2: Simply don’t do anything for some time

 

Concentrate for one minute on an object, e.g. a picture or a plant, keep quiet. This exercise serves focussing your attention and concentrating on one single matter.

 

 

 

 

Exercise 3: Finding characters

 

For this exercise simply identify character combinations in a longer newspaper article, e.g. “ch“, “ie“ or “et“. Now count these combinations. For simplification at the beginning mark the characters with a pen, later on counting takes place with the eyes only. The degree of difficulty of the training can be increased by always shorter time settings and always more character combinations. This exercise improves the speed of information processing.

 

 




Exercise 4: Writing backwards

 

Write a word backwards in cursive script. With this exercise you improve the interaction of the left (logic) and right (creative) hemisphere.

 

 

Exercise 5: Word-in-word search

 

What words are contained in the word table water filter? Create new words from the characters contained in it. Besides table, water and filter also words less apparent as e.g. ear or litre and many other words are contained in this term. This exercise can be repeated with any other word. The more characters and the more vocals, the easier it gets. This exercise gets more difficult, if you do not write the starting term down.

 

Concentration exercise 6: Colour salad

 

This exercise helps to train the interaction of right and left hemisphere. The result: your powers of recall increases. Do not read the words (yellow, violet, orange etc.), but say the colours loudly in which the word is written (green, red, blue, etc.). Quickly say all colour names one after the other, without thinking about it. You will notice that this is not as simply as it may sound.

 

 

YELLOW VIOLET ORANGE BLACK RED GREEN
BLUE BLACK YELLOW VIOLET BLUE
GREEN
BLACK RED YELLOW ORANGE YELLOW
BLUE
VIOLET BLUE YELLOW GREEN BLACK RED