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25 daily habits that will make you smarter

1. Come up with 10 ideas every day.

© Corbis Think about how to reduce poverty, how to solve a daily problem you have, interesting
movie ideas, or anything. It doesn't matter what subject your ideas fall into, as long as you're
working your brain and your idea muscles. Your list might even lead to a new startup idea or
writing subject. —Claudia Azula Altucher
2. Read the newspaper.

© Brent Lewin/Bloomberg It will help you become more aware of the important things
happening around the word. You'll learn to form your own opinions and connect the dots
between seemingly unrelated things. You'll also have a lot more to talk about at parties or with
friends. —Manas J Saloi
3. Play devil's advocate.

They will help you understand how other people form arguments and express their opinions. Read a chapter in a fiction or nonfiction book. If you're feeling stuck. . Repeat this every day. —Peter DePaulo 4. and you'll become much better at thinking outside the box. Try to support it with evidence. try reading and critically evaluating the editorial section of papers. and be open to the idea that new evidence will change your opinion.© REX Features Take something you recently learned and generate a unique opinion on it that wouldn't immediately come to mind.

whether on your daily commute or while you're waiting in line. . Instead of watching TV. from politics to psychology. You can always find pockets of time to read. Goodreads is a great way to keep track of everything you read and to also find a community of other readers. Fiction books are great for understanding characters and getting absorbed into another perspective. while non-fiction books are great for introducing you to new topics. —Claudia Azula Altucher 5.© Brendon Thorne/Bloomberg Aim to read a book a week. watch educational videos.

You can also find good ones on Youtube's channel SmarterEveryDay. educational videos on Khan Academy or watch TED talks. the information is often presented in a digestible. it's more fun to watch things about a subject you love than to read about it. In videos. You can find fun. memorable way. —Hendrik Sleeckx 6. Subscribe to feeds of interesting information.© Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg Sometimes. and you can learn a lot from other people's experiences. so you can be assured they'll stick. .

For example. . —Saurabh Shah 7. You can also follow email newsletters. subscribe to the "I F-----. if you want to keep up with the latest news in science and technology. Check in with your favorite knowledge sources. so you'll always learn something new when you look at your newsfeed or dashboard.Love Science" page on Facebook. such as Cal Newport's Study Hacks and Today I Found Out.© Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg Follow interesting voices on Facebook and Twitter.

This is an extremely easy habit. —Manas J Saloi 8. and then try to get through them before going to sleep at night.© Corbis Every day. Try using Pocket to save articles for later reading. scroll through Quora. Stack Overflow. so all you have to do is follow the ones who write about topics interesting to you. or any other sources that satiate your hunger for knowledge. specialty blogs. because other users are curating the content for you. Share what you learn with other people. .

it means you've definitely mastered the concept. when you can explain ideas to someone else. You can even share what you learn without directly talking to someone. Make two "To Do" lists: one of work-related skills you want to learn now. Also. .© Provided by Business Insider If you find someone to debate and analyze ideas with. and another of things you want to achieve in the future. you can add to each other's knowledge and gain new perspectives. Many people like to start blogs so they can engage others in online dialogue. —Mike Xie 9.

© SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg Google Docs is a convenient way to keep track of your lists. and then work on them each day. —Manas J Saloi 10. . For both. compile sources that will teach you these skills. For example. you can think about long-term goals. Write down the small steps you need to take to reach that goal. your first list might suggest you learn something new in Python one day or that you try using MongoDB another day. Write an "I Did" list. decide what you want to learn. For your second list. such as whether you want to go into marketing or architecture. whether it's by reading the experts in those fields or taking classes at a local college. if you work in a computer-science related field.

© REX Features At the end of each day. —Claudia Azula Altucher 11. especially if you're feeling discouraged. It will also help you reflect on how productive you were and how you can re-structure your to-do lists for the next day. Start a "Stop Doing" list. . This will help you feel better about all the things you accomplished. write down what you completed.

" —Shane Parrish 12. As Warren Buffett says. Break old habits. "The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful say 'no' to almost everything. and make time for new. better ones. . Write down what you learn. take note of the mindless ways you spend your time.© REX Features To clear out the mental clutter.

Stimulate your mind.© REX Features You can start a blog or use an app like Inkpad to help you keep track of everything you learn. —Manas J Saloi 13. You will want to learn more if you know that at the end of the day you'll have to write about it. . Not only will this be a great way to keep a record of everything you're doing. but it's also a good source of motivation to keep you accountable.

. Take online courses. It's also a great way to think through difficult decisions or process new information. —Rick Bruno 14.© Corbis Going on a daily run is a great way to get your brain flowing and to keep your mental health in shape.

Make sure you don't overload yourself. .© Provided by Business Insider Check out this list of the most popular online courses for professionals. Talk to someone you find interesting. —Manas J Saloi 15. so you know you will be doing something every day. whether it's listening to a lecture or working on an assignment. commit to one to two and truly focus on them. The syllabus will also keep you on track.

Hang out with people who are smarter than you.© Corbis Even if they're strangers. don't be afraid to approach them. you learn the most from people you barely know. Ask about their interests and how they discovered them. — Manas J Saloi 16. Oftentimes. .

you should strive to have a coffee date or walk with someone who inspires you. Always be humble and willing to learn. Every day. —Manas J Saloi 17. Ask as many questions as possible. If you are always around people who are more knowledgeable than you. you'll have no choice but to learn more. . Follow your questions.© Corbis Spend as much time as you can with smart people.

Follow up — pursue your curiosity and find the answer to your question. . don't just let the moment pass. — Mike Xie 18.© Corbis If you see or hear about something cool. Use a word-of-the-day app.

You can use LiveMocha. or DuoLingo. which can help you in competitive tests like the SAT or GRE. Every day. Basuu. . or even just sound more eloquent in daily interactions. —Manas J Saloi 17. You can also try to learn new vocabulary in a different language. try to add five to 10 more words to the foreign language you are trying to pursue. Follow your questions.© Chris Jackson/Getty Images You will increase your vocabulary.

— Mike Xie 18. . Follow up — pursue your curiosity and find the answer to your question. don't just let the moment pass.© Corbis If you see or hear about something cool. Use a word-of-the-day app.

—Manas J Saloi 21. Every day. try to add five to 10 more words to the foreign language you are trying to pursue. which can help you in competitive tests like the SAT or GRE. Play "smart" games. or even just sound more eloquent in daily interactions. You can use LiveMocha. or DuoLingo. Basuu. You can also try to learn new vocabulary in a different language. .© Chris Jackson/Getty Images You will increase your vocabulary.

and Doors. expand your mind. —Saurabh Shah 22. . play Scrabble without a dictionary. You can also solve puzzles via games like Sudoku. 2048. For example. like chess and Scrabble.© Provided by Business Insider Some games. Challenge yourself when you play them. Set aside some time to do nothing.

. Adopt a productive hobby. —Claudia Azula Altucher 23.© Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg Oftentimes. sitting in silence can help you get inspiration and reflect on your day.

you may try to play a new piece of music every day. Apply what you learn. or learn a new computer skill. —Mayank Rajput 24. write a few more pages in your novel. you can actively learn more just from doing. from knitting to fly fishing. read a physics textbook.© REX Features If you have something you can work on every day. For instance. .

. make sure you are using that skill in your life as often as possible.© Corbis If you recently learned a new coding skill or how to play an instrument. Learning by doing is one of the most effective ways to become smarter. — Himanshu Pal 25. Exercise and eat a healthy diet.

" —Janne Piiroinen . and avoid alcohol and heavy meals that will make you sluggish. Great thinkers like Mahatma Gandhi and Charles Darwin were famous for their long walks. the better your performance.© Matthew Mead/AP Photo Opt for brain foods to fuel your thinking. "The more blood flowing into your brain. take a walk. When your energy dips.

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