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6 Hobbies that will help you become smarter at work

Jackie Jacobsen No Comments

We all participate in some type of hobby that we enjoy doing. There are some hobbies that are beneficial in helping us to become smarter and will benefit us in our work practices. There are many different hobbies one can partake in, but there are six that are shown to be helpful in increasing ones intellect, which can transfer over and improve the efficiency within our everyday work tasks and/or responsibilities.

1. Learning how to code

Within every job today there is some digital component involved and it is for this that learning how to code can give one a significant edge in the work place. Some of the most basic codes are known as HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). By learning this it will help those to understand web design, social media, and product development. It is very easy to find lessons online in how to do this, all you will need is a computer and access to internet. One resource you can try out is a webpage known as Codecademy.

2. Learning a new language

There is no such thing as knowing too many languages, especially if you are a frequent traveler. By learning new languages it can benefit by making communication in foreign and local lands easier. It has also shown that learning adownload (9) language can help improve brain power and slow brain aging. These benefits can help in the workplace by being able to be more alert as well as being able to communicate to a wider range of clientele, employees, business partners, and etc. from different cultures.

3. Blogging

The more you write the better your communication will become. One way to do this is through a blog, which as we know is a regularly updated website or web page, typically one run by an individual or small group, that is written in an informal or conversational style. By learning how to articulate your thoughts effectively on paper (and online) can help communication skills become stronger overall. Blogging also helps you to become more proficient in how to use your grammar and vocabulary as well as assist you in understanding your own specific writing style. For online blogging it provides an easy forum for feedback and can help you continue in consistently growing as a writer based on how others perceive your work overall.

4. Reading

No matter what kind of book your reading whether it is Harry Potter or the Hunger games it is proven that reading can help reduce stress, which in return helps you to feel better about yourself. Reading can also increase all three types of intelligence including crystallized, fluid, and emotional. That increase within those types of intelligence can help with problem solving, being able to put different pieces of knowledge together to better navigate everyday life, to detect patterns, understand processes, and being able to accurately interpret and respond to others feelings. In the work setting these different skills translate into better understanding how to make things happen and better managerial skills.

5. Work out your brain

By participating in activities such as Sudoku, puzzles, riddles, board games, video games, card games, and etc. it increases ones neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is what encompasses a wide variety of changes in neural pathways and synapses that is basically the ability of the brain to reorganize itself. Also the nerve cells respond in new ways that increases neuroplasticity, which allows us more ability to see things from different points-of-view and understand cause and effect of behaviors and emotions. With this it helps us become aware of new patterns and cognitive abilities are improved. Also increased amount of neuroplasticity can help prevent certain conditions such as being less prone to anxiety and depression while learning faster and memorizing more. download (12)

6. Meditate

Studies imply that we can control our own brain waves and be able to feel whenever we want to through meditating. Meditation can be used to relax in your personal life, but it can also be a benefit in your professional life. For example meditating can make you feel more powerful right before a negotiation, be more confident when asking for a raise, or being more convincing during a sales call. The general idea of meditating is that the brain can develop further and you can make that development on purpose. To add to that different activities stimulate different areas of your brain, so you can work on becoming proficient at your strengths as well as improving your weaknesses. Also meditating is a benefit because it focuses on self-improvement of the brain. This is a good idea and/or practice for anyone who feels they are at professional peak, are ambitious professionals, and of course entrepreneurs who are looking to maximize their potential.

 

Sources: Entrepreneur and StyleFox

 

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How to Talk to a Graphic Designer?

Margie Davis 2 comments

It’s all about communicating effectively. Avoid poor outcomes that arise from poor communication skills. Save time & unnecessary headaches.

When talking about designs, it is particularly hard due to the creative process involved. So to prevent misunderstanding, conflicts and overall frustration realize that as the client, you are just as responsible as the designer for the final product, so stick to useful feedback.

Early and Often Feedback

Nothing is more frustrating for designers (and most people) than asking for a completely different concept when the project is nearing its end. Make sure you make all your corrections frequently and as early as possible, enabling the designer to go back to the drawing table with a clear direction. Also make sure you go over all the corrections in order to eliminate implicit approvals. Although possibly tedious at first, in the end, it will save time.

Avoid Vagueness

Don’t say you don’t like something and leave it at that. Either explain why you don’t like it, or make a suggestion on how you think it would be better. “It looks a little off…” means absolutely nothing because the criticism isn’t clear, and neither is the direction.

Improvements vs. Mistakes

Although designers are expected to have thick skin to withstand criticism, using tact to communicate is still more efficient than being harsh. Instead of saying “This font is ugly”, try “I would like to use a different font here”. A good relationship will always elicit a better result.

Let the Designer be the Designer

It’s only natural to have suggestions; however, there is also a possibility that the designer has already considered it. Ask your designer the reasoning behind their choices and it will allow you to see what your designer is thinking, as well as the limitations of your project. Next time you receive a proposal that is not aligned with your original vision, don’t discard it immediately, take the time to evaluate the designed fully before making corrections.

 

Sources: Entrepreneur.com 

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