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Top CEO Shares 3 Daily Exercises That Help Rewire His Brain for Success

Sanjiv Das, the chief executive officer of Caliber Home Loans,


Sanjiv Das

Sanjiv Das is the CEO of Caliber Home Loans, one of the largest housing specialty firms. From 2008 to 2013, he was the CEO of CitiMortgage. Prior to joining Caliber, he served as Executive Vice President, Global Financial Solutions at First Data Corporation. As the CEO of one of the largest housing specialty firms, much of my day is spent reviewing economic data and financial reports. Yet even though I have a mathematical bent, I know what’s most important to my firm: Making sure the minds of my employees stay in top shape. Researchers have found that improving brain structure and cognitive function can help you perform better at work. And you can actually engage in brain exercises to make your mind more agile. For example, every morning during my commute, I try to recall and say aloud a list of my most important tasks, so that I can maintain focus on them throughout the day. If you want to enhance your mental capacity, it can be difficult to know which brain exercises to adopt. Thankfully, the experts at the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas came up with a useful exercise. They call it the “2 + 5 + 7 = Improved Brain Health.” It’s not a scientific formula, but more of a mental mnemonic, which you can remember to practice every day to help you boost your brain capacity. Including this exercise into my daily routine — and encouraging employees to do the same — has helped significantly, and hopefully it can for you, too.

Here’s how 2 + 5 + 7 works:

  • 2 x Daily: Engage in "expansive thinking"
  • 5 x Daily: Take a brain break for three to five minutes
  • 7 x daily: Practice "innovative problem-solving"
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