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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 February 15, 2019

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                Joe’s Goals

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                  Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                  Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                  Daytum

                    Daytum

                    is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                    Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                    Excel or Numbers

                      If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                      What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                      Evernote

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                        I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                        Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                        Access or Bento

                          If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                          Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                          You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                          Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                          All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                          Conclusion

                          I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                          What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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