Do you ever wonder how some of the smart people you know seem to get smarter every day? I have, and I decided to explore the habits these people have that continue to increase their knowledge. Here are some of the ways I’ve found to help make you smarter.
Learn something new.
There are so many great tools for learning – the internet and library are great free resources. You can learn new life skills, increase your business knowledge, and build your career skills. Read articles online, read a book, or just get out and experience something new. Nourish your brain every day by learning something new!
Tune into podcasts.
Podcasts are quick, convenient and can help pass the time on your commute, walk or workout. Some great ones the “smart” people recommend are TED Talks, Planet Money, The Tim Ferriss Show, among many others. I’ve found that listening to podcasts on topics that I find most interesting increases my understanding and awareness on things like career growth, investing, and happiness. Entrepreneur.com provided a great list of podcasts geared to those who want to start their own business, but are actually good for anyone wanting to learn something new.
Reflect on your day.
Writing isn’t just for school. Smart people take a few minutes every day to write. They reflect on their accomplishments, goals, and things they are grateful for. Get a journal and commit to writing down a few things every day that make the day remarkable.
Smart people know their limits. Healthy emotional and physical boundaries improve your personal and professional success and ability to grow. Don’t worry about disappointing others by saying “no” when necessary.
Get enough sleep.
Ensuring you get enough sleep every night will make you more productive, innovative, and focused on a daily basis. Additionally, sleep makes you healthier and less stressed. When you provide your body with the rest it needs you enable it to work smarter, not harder and longer.
Socialize with smart people.
Smart people are willing to learn from other smart people. They share their experiences and knowledge enabling both to grow and learn.
Getting in a workout on a consistent basis and staying active improves mood, cognitive skills, visual recognition, and decision making. Exercise also provides an outlet for stress, and helps improve memory by helping develop neural connection [source]
Do nothing and meditate.
Allowing your brain and body some downtime is an essential part of maintaining your health. When you can allow your mind to rest and take downtime from mental stimulation, you end up making smarter decisions. Sit silently or take a walk, solitude is essential to your happiness.
Smart people are able to adopt habits that not only make them smarter, but allow them to be more successful in their career and life. These habits help advance you in life by creating a solid foundation to improve and become the best version of yourself. Routines are great, it’s what my life it all about; but learning, exploring, and experimenting make you think and expand your knowledge all the time.