How to be Smarter: Even if you are getting accolades from others, you are not truly winning (in athletics, exams, or the rat race) if you spend the whole time wishing you were quitting. How to be Prettier: If you go clothes shopping and accidentally buy too many things, when you get home put most of the bags away. Then each week, you can choose one or two items that you bought to take out and wear, but the rest have to stay put away. By metering out when you get the new clothes, the rush of shopping stays with you longer (bonus: you also usually become more skilled at integrating items into your wardrobe--instead of putting all the pieces you bought together as just one new outfit, you are forced to think outside the box to wear the new pieces with your old ones).
How to be (less) Awkward: During a manicure, once the nail technician starts applying polish, you won't be able to use your hands. So before she starts applying polish, turn to a really big article in the magazine you are reading so you have something to read the whole time without needing to flip the page with wet nails.