27 useful life skills you can learn in less than five minutes
Skill 1: Change a tire or jumpstart a car
We've all been there at least once in our lives. Why not learn how to change a car tire or how to jumpstart a car, so next time, you don't have to wait half an hour for Roadside Assistance. You'll be amazed at how good it feels to be self-sufficient.
Skill 2: Speed Reading
Speed reading is the ability to read with your eyes only and not use your inner voice while you read. It's a little hard to master at first, but once you learn it's a great skill to have.
Skill 3: Enable Undo Send in Gmail
If you've ever sent out an email that you with a spelling error or maybe you even sent it to the wrong person and wished that you can recall that email, now you can with Gmail. Enable Undo Send in Gmail to recall emails from the world wide interwebs.
Skill 4: Use a fire extinguisher
Any skill that could save the lives of loves ones is valuable. If you have a fire extinguisher but don't know how to use it, what's the point of having it in the first place? The worst time to learn this new skill would be when you're under the pressure of a real fire situation. Learn the basics in just a few minutes and be prepared.
Skill 5: Survive in a rip current
If you live in Australia, or any coastal town or plan on travelling to one, you should definitely know this one! You just need to sit down and watch one episode of Bondi Rescue, to know that rips are really dangerous and you can get into a lot of trouble in a very short amount of time. Without our awesome lifeguards, many lives would have been lost to rips that all too often drag unsuspecting victims out to sea. Fight against it and it's a no-win situation. Here's two good articles on How to spot a rip and How to survive a rip tide.
Skill 6: Righty Tighty Lefty Loosey
My Dad taught me this one and it's one of those skills that has just stayed with me throughout my life and that I actually use a lot more than I thought I would. Righty Tighty, Lefty Loosey is a great way to remember which way to turn bolts and screws to either loosen (loosey) or tighten (tighty) them.
Skill 7: Pack a suitcase
Are you the person that shoves everything into your suitcase the night before you leave? Or do you take your time to pack and ensure that you're going to be able to fit everything in and even prepare for having room for bringing back presents and travel keepsakes when you come home? If you're the former, learn to pack your suitcase right and it will make your holiday or travel plans less stressed and hey, who doesn't want to buy more stuff that you don't need when traveling!
Skill 8: Shortcuts on your macOS or Windows 10
It's incredibly useful to learn the shortcut keys on Windows 10 or macOS. Sometimes we get so caught up with working and just doing everyday life things that we forget to stop, take a moment and think if there's a more efficient and quicker way to get the job done. Here's some cool shortcuts that you might not know about for your macOS and Windows 10.
Skill 9: Fold a T-shirt
Skill 10: Master a really yummy sauce recipe that goes with everything
Skill 11: Time Management
Skill 12: Goal Setting
Skill 13: Use Google to fix computer problems
Skill 14: Oragami
Skill 15: Invest in shares
Skill 16: Stack a Dishwasher
Skill 17: Deeply Relax or Focus
Skill 18: Draw your favorite animal or cartoon character
Skill 19: Learn Sign Language
Skill 20: Say "hello" 30 languages
Skill 21: Emergency First Aid
Skill 22: Save someone that's choking
Skill 23: Solve a rubik's cube
Skill 24: Tie a bow tie or neck tie (or why not both)
Whether you're female or male, this is a good skill to have. If you're a male, you probably should know it, it comes in handy when you're getting married, or are best man at your friend's weddings. As a female, you might have sons or husbands who need the help and mastering the perfect neck tie or bow tie.
Skill 25: Dress for your Body Type
I'm a big believer in wear whatever you want to wear. My five year old son regularly gets around in the weirdest outfits, boots, dress-ups and I couldn't care less, I love that he's different and I love that people dress differently too. But I must say, when I started looking into dressing for my body type, it helped me understand what clothes made me look frumpy and what clothes made me look not. Most days, I don't care if I look frumpy, but it's the days when I'm going to party and I want to look good that I utilize this skill set.
Skill 26: Sabre a Champagne Bottle
Because it's just plain cool.
Skill 27: Make an open fire
There's something to be said about someone that can still make an open fire even though we probably haven't really had to do this for quite a long time now. Bonus points if you cook something on it too.