Tips and Tricks for Becoming Ambidextrous - Your Ambidexterity Training ProgramBy Adam Sinicki
When I first wrote my article on how to become ambidextrous, I had no idea what a huge impact it was going to have. While it was something I was interested, and had wanted to learn for a while, I had never expected quite the success that came from the article - and it wasn't long before it had really exploded and even found its way onto Wired (through some kind of feed granted but still!). Over the course of a few days I was making over $100 in AdSense revenue, and I shot to the top of the search engines. It was a pretty big reaction! What this told me was that there is definitely a niche here for people who want to become ambidextrous, the only mystery is why it took me this long to get my ass in gear and write another article.
Anyway, several years on and I'm still labouring away at it.. I'm not perfect yet but I've continued to improve and I'm pleased with the results. Other people have also apparently had success since reading my article which is something I'm incredibly proud of (you're welcome). Over this time I've of course picked up a few more helpful strategies to help you practice ambidexterity. Here are a few pointers.
Tricks to Help You Become Ambidextrous
Things to LearnLearning certain abilities can be very helpful for those who want to become ambidextrous, and for example the best example is to learn to play the piano or play the drums. This not only helps you to use both hands, but it also forces you to 'split your brain' in that you will be learning different tempos and rhythms and doing both at the same time.
Likewise you should try learning any other activities that require you to use both hands - if that's boxing, typing or conducting and orchestra it will help. Learning new skills is highly recommended anyway, so think of some things that will challenge you.
Final TipsThe problem for many people trying to become ambidextrous is simply the challenge of remembering to use their left hand that often. They tend to forget and to use their right hand again as soon as they slip back into old habits. The one way you're going to combat this problem is by using your left hand for 'stints' as recommended above. You're not trying to integrate it into your daily lifestyle right away, rather you are trying to gradually train yourself up in various left handed activities as part of a training program - a few hours of left handed cards a week, a couple of sentences written each night etc, and a couple of activities such as brushing your teeth or using the mouse.
This will then make it easier for you to start to integrating the left-handedism into your life, and the better you become the more you'll remember and the less it will matter. At the same time though you can also remind yourself by wearing one glove Michael Jackson style when you're around the house. If it's thick and woolly it'll stop you doing things with that hand and you'll be forced to turn left handed. Or you can achieve something similar with a weighted wrist band etc.
One more tip - buy left handed items. That means buying left handed scissors, a left handed mouse, a left handed mouse etc. Then throw out your good ones and you'll be forced to do at least those things left handed. You should also change your settings on your computer and your games consoles.
These tips will all help you to become ambidextrous and the rest my son is up to you. Now you know what you have to do it's just a matter of sticking at it and not giving up. Don't expect to see results over night, and enjoy the ride in the meantime. And check back here for more tips and information soon (and that app I promised you...).