A fast everyday guide to become smarter

Socrates once said, “The more I learn, the less I realize I know.” An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

Make a “What I Did” list.

Write down what you did today. It boosts your productivity or else it will remain blank, and self guilt will kick in. Play a mind trick to fool your brain.

Hang out with people smarter than you.

“Tell me who your friends are and I’ll tell you who you are.”

Watch TED talks and TED-Ed.

TED talk’s format is on average 18 minutes long. Sufficient enough to be thoughtful but short enough to hold human’s attention. Animated series often help to grasp challenging concepts.

Learn a language.

A language should not be automatically associated with Japanese or Spanish. Think globally and out of the box. With no programming, there is no life to modern generation. Tackle Java or vanilla JavaScript for front-end web development or Python.

Play smart games.

Chess is nice. It has endless benefits. Because it requires fast problem solving abilities, good chess players have exceptional memory performance. It teaches you planning and foresight. Also, it helps to prevent Alzheimer’s as we age because chess gives the brain a highly needed workout to keep it fit.

Read non-fiction.

Knowledge and power are synonymous. Non-fiction offers a wide variety of information and increases your grammatical and spelling skills and conversational abilities. The key part here is to find something you’re interested in. Be it Greek mythology or artificial intelligence or methods of torture. It can be everything and anything.

“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”

Cut down on social media.

Toss away Instagram or Twitter or Facebook. No one is interested in your ex’s sister’s wedding. Most people use social media subconsciously. You delay on important things, like taking a shower because you are mindlessly surfing for funny videos. Anything can be a distraction if you allow it to be. Mobile apps should be deleted first, so you won’t be pressured to press on that Facebook icon. Substitute the saved time with productive activities, such as enrolling in a Tango class, going on a hike, starting a blog, or catching up with a friend over bubble tea.

Research.

Ask the right questions to not remain ignorant. If you are particularly interested in physics, innovations, or history of alcoholic beverages, pursue it. Don’t stop and keep creating new knowledge.

Keep up with current events.

It is an eye opening experience. Don’t live in a bubble and remain excessively absorbed in oneself.

Listen to podcasts or audiobooks.

Use your multi tasking skills. Turn on a podcast while walking to a math class or mopping the kitchen floor. You will become a better listener and gain a greater appreciation for stories. Speed listening is also acceptable, normal, and practical.