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How can varying my daily routine benefit my brain?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
One good suggestion for improving your brain function in everyday life: Get out of that rut. At work, many people follow the same routine every day: Get coffee, sit down, check eBay, get more coffee, return e-mails, take bathroom break, do paperwork, call client, grab lunch, get yelled at by boss, and so on.

Of course, only your boss can tell you how to do your job, but I'd like to suggest that you switch up the order every once in a while.

Following the same routine every day will not stimulate your hippocampus-the part of the brain most responsible for memory. To keep your mind active, simply try to vary your routine at work or at home. Start with calls to your client, or write your report first instead of last. Whatever your normal routine is, change the order.

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