What are those things that i should do everyday to become smarter
This questions comes to every individual’s mind while he/she analyzing themselves and comparing to more smarter people. Nowadays everyone want to get smarter, however many people believe that intelligence is limited to those with high I.Q.s.
“By the way, intelligence to me isn’t just being book-smart or having a college degree; it’s trusting your gut instincts, being intuitive, thinking outside the box, and sometimes just realizing that things need to change and being smart enough to change it.” – Tabatha Coffey
- Consume less and produce more – Stop reading random articles, go write something. Practice the 80/20 rule.
20% of your time = Consume
80% of your time = Produce
- Watch less TV – TV is EVIL and it kills our creativity.
- Go out for a walk – If you are stuck with a problem, go out for a walk. Talk to the trees, they know the answer (JK)
- Hang out with people who are smarter than you – Remember that quote? You are average of 5 people that you hang out with the most (something like that)
- Practice intentional reading – Only read something if you are looking for an answer. No more reading just because you saw something in your Facebook newsfeed.
- Practice your craft daily – Whatever you are good at, do more of it.
- Start a side hustle – See if you can generate some passive income. It’s a great way to improve your business skills.
- Sleep – Sleeping well is a great way to recharge and it keeps our brain sharp. (Confession – I struggle with this one all the time)
- Learn a new skill – Maybe a new language or pick up a new hobby.
- Answer questions on Quora – There are so many “hidden” benefits of this. e.g.
- You get to help others
- You get to share personal stories
- You get to produce content
- Practice speaking loudly: The world is full of chaos and day by day it is becoming hard to make people notice you. And if they don’t notice then you don’t exist.That’s why it’s a good idea to practice speaking loudly. Make room in your daily routine and scream your inner thoughts. Believe me, it adds.
- Know your surrounding: Collect information about everything, when the street beside your office was inaugurated, what is the name of the tree that you cross everyday in your neighborhood, what is the major chemical in the paint on your office building. There is no limit. People seems to have more trust on people who know little details about their surroundings. Besides, you can amaze people every now and then.
- Watch Interviews: People who are successful have their own views on life and its challenges. It provides a great insight about the way of life, the struggle handling and the feel when finally, one has won. It not only inspiring also deeply educational.
- Solve mathematical problems: Give your neurons some exercise. What better way to sharpen them than math.
There are thousands of easy to hard mathematical problems around the internet. You can find hundreds in Quora. You can also watch the videos of Numberphile. They are passionate, transparent and magnificently beautiful.
- Learn a history fact: Don’t believe anyone who says that history is waste of time. It is one of the most fertile source of knowledge. No other sector of information can provide you with insight on human psychology, culture, geography, biology, business, dynamics of market and many more.
- Read Philosophy: Not just randomly, read them with routine, passion and patience. It will provide motivation to you, meaning to your work, compassion to your sufferings, support to your failure, attitude in your appearance. You will understand the source of flaws in your nature, your limitations and be able to design your way out of them.
- Sing a song: Sing out loud, it has both physical and psychological benefits.
It increases your tone, smoother your voice increase your confidence. It improves your heart condition and gives a psychological boost to fight all the mental menaces.
- Outdoor Jogging: Run, from all your drawbacks, tiredness, depression, anxieties. Run in the morning close to nature. Let your sweats wash your unsmartness.
- Breath: In the movie “Karate Kid 2” there is a great line
When you feel life out of focus always return to the basic of life – Breathing
That’s true for every case. Breath through your life, breath in happiness breath out sadness.
Ted Talk: Watch a Ted talk daily. There is a lot that you can learn from smart people who have brilliant ideas and discoveries to share. There are talks that range between 5–20 minutes so choose one everyday. By the end of the month, you would have benefited more.
Research: Get into the habit of finding out about stuff on your own. Research extensively on the internet about topics that interest you and about how stuff works. You can use Google Scholar for authentic information. Learn something new everyday, dedicate at least 30 mins to it. Also, share your knowledge and teach it to others as you learn more by doing/execution/implementation.
Reading: As always mentioned, reading is important and healthy for your aging brain. Whether it is a book, newspaper article or articles online, for instance, Huffington Post, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest & Narrative Magazine, Success Magazine, New York Times, Time Magazine, make it a daily habit. Furthermore, look up new words in the dictionary. Download a good dictionary app and it would be less time-consuming to find the meaning of unfamiliar words/expressions. Oprah Winfrey once mentioned that she always preferred reading a book than watching TV.
Language: You can use the Duolingo or Babbel apps to get started. It gets you acquainted with different people, cultures and words. It opens your mind to new experiences. It also helps enhance your communication skills.
Online Courses: This is another way of learning about topics and developing your skills. You can browse through courses and enroll in one that interests you then move on to the next. Websites such as, Coursera, Alison, MIT open courses & Khan Academy are excellent for this purpose. Apps like Curiosity and Blinkist are also helpful in this regard. Curiosity sends 5 articles daily, related to different subjects. In Blinkist, you get to read a few chapters from a non-fiction book everyday!
- People: Go out, hang out with people. Hang out with those who are smarter. Be open to meeting new people. Get to know others. Every person is coming from a different background, perspective and experiences. You can learn a lot from them.
- Reduce social media usage: Just like TV, limit the amount of time using social media. That time can better be spent watching a Ted talk or reading.