# Start Your Day With Math

## Extolling the virtues of 30 minutes of math every morning

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Every morning before I start work I tackle a math problem. I schedule 30 minutes to solve this problem, and if I don’t succeed I stick with it the next morning and subsequent mornings until I have solved it and I am ready to move on to the next.

Why do I do this? Well, because I enjoy it, but also because it offers me these very important benefits:

- Solving math problems trains your brain to be organized, logical and systematic, which is incredibly important in order to be successful in the most chaotic situations in work and life
- Solving math problems exercises a muscle in your brain where you can relate seemingly separate concepts and see important connections between them. This is also another critically important transferable problem-solving skill.
- You can learn math more effectively through solving problems. Your learning is more likely to stay in your brain because you found it useful in a specific situation.
- Successfully solving a problem generates an endorphin hit and provides you with a confidence to start your day. The impact of this on your daily performance should not be underestimated. Think about it as a sparring session before the real deal.

I get these problems from various sources, but mostly from math exams written for high school students. As a trained mathematician, I take on some of the most challenging problems, but the benefits are available to everyone as long as they choose a level of difficulty that suits their current level of experience and knowledge.

## Where to source interesting math problems

Your source will depend on your current level of knowledge and interest in math. Examination questions at various stages of high school will provide a challenge for a wide range of abilities — it’s just a matter of working out a level where you are comfortable to start. Here are a few things to consider:

- Avoid multi-choice math problems in favor of problems where you need to fully write your solutions. Multi-choice problems are really just a cost-efficient way of testing skills, and can often be solved by process of…