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7 Best Websites To Upgrade Your Skills If You’re Busy

7 Best Websites To Upgrade Your Skills If You’re Busy

We get it. You want to continue to learn and develop your skills, but you just can’t seem to find the time to fit it into your busy schedule.

No matter what stage you are at in your career, upgrading your skills is one of the most important things you can do to get ahead in life. Whether this means adding a foreign language or a software skill to your resume, we’ve got you covered.

In this post, we’ll share with you the 7 best websites to upgrade your skills if you’re busy. You can get started today!

1. Khan Academy

Skills: Mathematics, Science, High school topics

If you’re in high school, university, or simply just want to brush up on the topics you learned in the past, Khan Academy is one of the best resources to check out. Most of the courses are taught by Salman Khan, who was recognized by Bill Gates as one of his favorite teachers online. This is why hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of students around the world can thank Khan Academy for getting them through high school and college.

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    2. Audible

    Skills: General audiobooks

    Acquired by Amazon, Audible operates the largest audiobook library in the world. With over 180,000 audio titles available today, you can find just about any book of your choosing.

    Whether you’re driving to work, doing the laundry, or riding the metro, Audible will read your book for you without any hassle. If you’re especially keen on going through more books faster, then you can increase the speed of the books being read to you by 1.5x or even 2x.

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      3. Rype

      Skills: Foreign language (Spanish)

      Rype is your 24/7 personal language coach, offering unlimited private language lessons with native-speaking professionals 24/7. If you’ve ever thought that you were too busy to learn a new language, you can rid of that limiting belief today!

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      The best part is that you can get started for free and try it out for yourself before you decide if it’s right for you.

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        4. Go High Brow

        Skills: General

        Do you have 5 minutes a day to learn something new?

        Go High Brow offers daily, 5-minute courses for you to learn any skill, like business, marketing, history, technology, etc. All you have to do is sign up and they will send you an email daily with a new episode.

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          5. OneMonth

          Skills: Programming, design, marketing

          Similar to Go High Brow, OneMonth offers courses on programming, business, and marketing, except instead of 5 minutes a day, OneMonth helps you learn the skill in one month. A slightly different approach, but a great tool for busy individuals nonetheless!

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            6. Duolingo

            Skills: Foreign languages

            Duolingo brings a unique, gamified approach to learning a language. By allowing you to upgrade to new levels and rewarding you with points, it’s a fun way to develop your foreign language skills. It’s worth noting that Duolingo has its limitations, since it can’t help you with your speaking skills. Nevertheless, it’s a great way to dip your feet into the pool if you’re just getting started with learning a new language.

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              7. theSkimm

              Skills: Current events, news

              Praised by Oprah herself, theSkimm helps you learn about what’s happening around the world (according to your interests) by sending you news summary right to your inbox. If you don’t have time to scour the web or wait through commercials on TV, then theSkimm is a great resource to sign up for.

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                What’s your favorite resource?

                Was there a particular tool or resource that stood out for you? Which one will you try out today to upgrade your skills in less time? Let us know in the comments!

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                Last Updated on August 29, 2018

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

                Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

                Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

                Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

                1. 750words

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                  750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

                  750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

                  750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

                  2. Ohlife

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                    Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

                    Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

                    3. Oneword

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                      OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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                      Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

                      4. Penzu

                        Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

                        With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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                        5. Evernote

                        Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

                        Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

                        For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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