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30 Best Websites to Upgrade Your Mind

30 Best Websites to Upgrade Your Mind

Looking to learn new things this year? You can forget about overpriced institutions and traditional curriculums. The future of learning is online, where you can learn new things anytime, anywhere.

Whether your desire is to become the next big business leader, learn a new language, or hack the world of traveling, we’ve collected the best websites to learn new things online.

Enjoy!

Business

1. CreativeLIVE

Take free creative classes from the world’s top experts. Learn new things from business, photography, marketing, negotiation, and more.

2. Investopedia

Investopedia is the ultimate resource for understanding finance, trading stocks, market analysis, and free trading simulators.

3. Bigger Pockets

Bigger Pockets is the premiere social network for learning and understanding everything there is about real estate investing.

4. Mixergy

Leading show for entrepreneurs bringing on top business leaders to hear their story. Host Andrew Warner digs deep to give you the nitty gritty details of what it actually takes to build a thriving business.

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5. General Assembly

Online and in-person classes to learn coding, marketing, business, and more.

6. Skillshare

Online classes and projects that unlock your creativity for $10/month.

Foreign Languages

7. Duolingo

Learn a language for free.

8. Memrise

Use flashcards to learn vocabulary.

9. Rype

Your personal trainer for languages. Get unlimited 1-on-1 private language lessons online from the top professional teachers around the world. First 14 days are free.

Academics

10. Khan Academy

Khan Academy hosts over 1,500+ videos lessons covering everything from basic arithmetic and algebra to differential equations, physics, chemistry, biology, and finance.

11. iTunesU

Hundreds of universities — including Stanford, Yale and MIT — distribute lectures, slide shows, PDFs, films, and exhibit tours and audiobooks through iTunes U. The science section alone contains content on topics including agriculture, astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, and geography.

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12. EdX

Free online courses from the world’s best universities. Includes MIT, Harvard, and Berkeley.

Technology

13. Treehouse

Treehouse offers lessons to learn basic HTML, coding apps, building websites, and much more.

14. Udacity

Earn a Nanodegree recognized by industry leaders and gain access to top courses online.

15. Coursera

Take free online classes from 120+ top universities and educational organizations. Includes Stanford, Yale, and Princeton.

16. Lynda

Lynda is a LinkedIn company that offers courses to learn new things such as software, creative, and business skills. Start today and get 30 days free of 1000s of courses!

17. Codeacademy

Learn to code interactively for free. With a community over 25 million, Codecademy proves to be a powerful platform to learn multiple languages of code.

18. One Month

One month offers personalized coding lessons on various topics that are designed to be completed in 30 days.

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Health & Fitness

19. Calm

Calmness on demand. Get guided meditation practice in less than 10 minutes.

20. Bodybuilding

Workout, nutrition, and fitness tips by health experts online.

21. Livestrong

Online magazine that shares great tips on how to be healthier and stronger.

Travel

22. Nomadicmatt

Learn how to travel the world for $50 USD a day using tips from a world nomad.

23. Matador Network

Online travel magazine that shares stories, tips, and deals on traveling smarter.

24. Lonely Planet

City guides, tips, and community for travellers around the world.

25. Wandering Trader

Advice on travel and making money online through trading.

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General

26. TED

Find carefully curated educational videos from the world’s leaders.

27. Scribd

Netflix for books. Download as many books as you want online for $8.99/month.

28. Chesscademy

Learn how to play chess for free and challenge others to play for free.

29. Biography

Learn the history and lives of the world’s most influential leaders.

30. Blinkist

Books summarized by real humans to save you time.

Over To You

What are some of the best websites you’ve used to learn new things? We’d love to hear it below and please share this around to your friends. It could change their lives.

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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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