The Secret Habits That Will Make You a Smarter Worker

4 Tricks To Make You a Smarter Worker
Last week, we covered some of the best habits to make you smarter for our friends over at Camille Styles. Now, we're sharing it with you.
“Motivation is what gets you started, but habits are what keep you going.” My mother hit me with this pointer on the phone last week during our regular call on my commute to work, proving yet again that moms really do know best. That catchphrase stuck with me throughout my day, leading me to consider my own habits and how they’ve played a role in my personal and professional life.

It comes down to this: the biggest misconception about success is that what you did yesterday will help you succeed tomorrow. We need a solid foundation to improve, but to truly become the best version of yourself, you need to keep innovating. It’s a bit of catch-22 — habits give you direction, but when routines become habitual? Not always a great thing. The key to propelling forward is to continue learning, exploring, experimenting, and, you know, letting your brain just think. Freely without constraints. Push yourself by developing these nine simple habits that don’t feel habitual at all.

1. Tune into podcasts

Does your commute to and from work feel like a complete waste of valuable time? It doesn’t have to be. Podcasts are all the rage right now, and for good reason: they deliver a quick dose of knowledge in a convenient way on a variety of topics. So, stop calling Mom and instead try these nine podcasts to help jumpstart a smarter commute today.

2. Keep a journal

Turns out journaling isn’t just for waxing poetic about your 8th-grade crushes or high-school nemesis. Taking a few minutes each day to reflect in writing has been proven to boost your brainpower. Grab a journal (or plain old composition notebook) and start tracking the following each day:
  • What you did or accomplished today
  • What you hope to accomplish tomorrow/this week
  • What you need to do less of this week/month
Reflecting on each month’s goals and accomplishments and writing a quick recap summary can improve happiness, confidence, and overall intelligence.

3. Replace Netflix with online learning

Every break you take doesn’t have to involve checking social media or binging on Game of Thrones. The internet is also filled with awesome online learning tools. My current go-to is Skillshare because I can learn fun lifestyle skills or business skills that might, you know, help me increase my salary down the road. It’s a win-win if you can nourish your brain and advance your career at the same time.

4. Say no

You can’t boost your personal or professional well-being if you’re a “Yes Woman.” Creating healthy emotional and physical boundaries gives mentally strong people the room they need to grow. Even when they may disappoint others, smart women are still willing to say no as necessary.
Read all the other pointers over on Camille Styles.
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What are some of the work habits you've implemented? 
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