One of the things I did prior to AMP (and have started to do again) is to try to stretch my brain in ways which are different than what I encounter at my job. In the past I have periodically read brain-teasers or thought exercises, but this time I went a different route.
I am not sure how I was turned on to this site, but somehow I ended up at Lumosity. They have a free trial to let you explore the site and their games, which gives you a good sense of how their ‘brain training’ actually works. I am not sure I completely buy their propaganda, but I can tell you that it is both:
a) a diversion (i.e fun) and
b) a boost in confidence about your mental acuity (through improvements seen in the games)
Clearly a big jump in one’s improvement is due to practice and a deeper understanding of how the games are structured. However, I found a few games very interesting. One was the fast-food name/order matching game, which attacks one of my weaknesses – name recall. I found that after focusing on that game, I was more apt to actively attempt to remember someone’s name when I meet them, and therefore have a higher probability of remembering the name.
Again, I am not completely sold on ‘brain training’, but I think it does have some positive benefits. Give it a try and see what you think.