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3 Ways to Train Your Brain to be Smarter

You go to a gym to train your muscles, you run or hike to build your endurance but what can you do to train your brain? Training your brain will not only speed up your memory recall, it will also help you learn faster. There is, after all, only a limited number of hours in the day.

1. You are the company you keep
Each and every one of us is the average of the 5 people we spend the most time with, according to the business philosopher Jim Rohn at least. It is no coincidence that high achieving people tend to ‘flock together’. Obviously, peer groups tend to have similar interests and like to discuss topics freely and without objections. By associating yourself with intelligent people you will indirectly develop your own. So, as cold as it might sound, you might want to think again about the friends you spend most of your time with. 

2. Get enough shut-eye
Any lack of rest, relaxation and/or excessive stress can seriously reduce the efficiency of your brain function. The human brain requires a large amount of energy to function. If you are constantly exhausted your mind won’t be able to learn and improve. Some studies also show that a lack of sleep can reduce your IQ. So make sure you get enough shut-eye!

3. Read, read, read!
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise but don’t underestimate the power of reading. Reading exposes you to new ideas and can influence and improve your mind. Being well-read not only improves your general knowledge making you more capable of holding interesting conversations. It expands your communication skills and develops your analytical skills. The best bit is you don’t need to stick to ‘dry’ scientific tomes. Books like Lord of the Rings or Moby Dick will do the trick. 

How to Deal With Information Overload

Up until recently, there was no such thing as information overload, but with 24 hour news cycles, blogs, social networks, viral videos and more, it’s hard not to have your mind bogged down with news, messages, trivia and the like.

If you find yourself losing productivity because you are too distracted with information overload, this infographic can help. It has interesting statistics on the problem which would only add to the issue were it not for the number of tips the infographic provides to help you cut through the distractions so you can better prioritise and focus on what you need to do during the day.

As a blogger, I can’t take advantage of most of these tips because my job largely depends on staying up-to-date on news and social media, but I can still see how useful these tips would be if I was doing practically any other job.