How to be Smarter: Sometimes announcing publicly your goal can help you stay more motivated to reach it. A simple way to do this is to write your objective down and put it on the refrigerator of your house. Then looking at the refrigerator serves as both a reminder to you to stay on-track, and is a public way to announce your determined intentions to reach your goal (even if the public knowing about your goal is just your roommates and your dog).
How to be Prettier: In colder months, I like wearing tall, calf- or knee-high socks–they tuck perfectly under boots, and they keep my legs warmer than ankle-high socks. (And I almost always buy them in fun holiday colors–no one else will see them, and it makes me happy to take off my boots and see bright red socks).
How to be (less) Awkward: No need to waste paper–you can play MASH online now ;).