Mind / Body

7 small things you can do every day to get smarter

Intelligence is not something fixed. It is a work in progress. There are loads of things that can be done to increase your level of smartness.

While it may have a lot to do with the natural gift from God, a person can always exercise their mind to be sharper and smarter. Read further to find out what these things are.


Every time you take an online break, it doesn’t mean that your only options are social networking sites (whether it’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest etc). The web offers more options than you may know for being more productive and make better use of your online time. These include logging into learning resource centers such as listening to intriguing TED talks and taking up online courses. Even playing word and puzzle games can be good for the brain.


It is healthy for your brain to write.  It doesn’t have to be too intuitive to take up hours of your day. No one’s going to judge your work or give you points on it. All you have to do is write down what you have learned. Optimum word count is 400 words. This will help you reflect on your day’s daily productivity as well.


It is common practice for people to make “to do lists”. That is important for your daily productivity. Know that confidence and happiness is extremely important for your optimum intelligence to be at its best. Along with making a to-do list, get into the habit of making a “did” list. In this, you will list down all the things you have accomplished during the day. This will make you feel good about yourself.


Who said learning and being intelligent can’t be fun? Learning can be a fun and intuitive process, one you can actually look forward to. Playing games like puzzles, chess, Go, Connect 4, battleship, scrabble are great for your intelligence building. Look for similar games on your phone. A great puzzle game you can try is “unblock me free” available easily on the android Store.


While this may not be as much of a shocker, it is a great tip agreed by all. Opinions vary about the quality of the read, but there seems to be a consensus that quantity matters. You may develop a daily newspaper reading habit, or go on your inclination towards fiction or non-fiction; it’s all good as long as you read.


Albert Einstein said “if you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. This makes a lot of sense if you ponder over it. You may read something and you think you understand it fully, but to be sure about your concept the best way is to explain it to others. No matter how difficult the concept, if you can put it simply and make the other person understand, it’ll help you understand what you have really think you have learned and save it to your memory forever.


It is always good to take a downtime from mental stimulation. There is various ways to make room for your inner voice. You can stay in your room, draw your blinds, set a comfortable room temperature and just relax and listen to your inner voice. It doesn’t have to be like this, you can also think to yourself while running. The important thing is to do it.

Faryal Panhwar

Faryal is currently a second year M.B.B.S student at Ziauddin University. She is an active participate in the Model UN where her passion for debate has received her several delegate awards. Seeking to discover the writer in herself Faryal is now working as a freelance writer for HTV.