There’s a certain feeling of accomplishment when we learn something new, complete a new task, or teach ourselves to do something. Many times we even want to learn and do more; there’s just not enough time - not enough time to complete trainings, go to college, or even take classes. Thankfully, with today’s level of technology, there is a surplus of new, innovative, fast, and inexpensive alternatives to the hundreds or thousands of dollars these things would cost you anyway. To get you started, take a look at these 7 websites you can use to learn something new in just 30 minutes or less.
Calm - Meditation. Calm is an instructional site that is focused around the art of meditation. These calming, almost tranquil videos feature step-by-step guides to functional and effective types of meditation. The best part is that these videos vary in difficulty and experience level, so even the most novice of meditation seekers can find something to suit their needs and get them started.
Instructables - Varies. When people come together collectively, great things can happen. Instructables is a prime example of this. It is an online community of people who share step-by-step guides and how-to articles on everything from food to technology to crafts, and everything in between. All of these articles are written in the same, well-illustrated format for easy following and interpretation. PDFs are also available for downloading and printing to make things even easier.
Khan Academy - Academics. Khan Academy helps to break down common school subjects into easy-to-learn concepts that you’ll be able to comprehend in just a short time. This website, created by Salman Khan, includes a wide variety of subjects, including algebra, intro to programming, music, computer animation, and more. There’s no cost for this site (donations are encouraged, but not required), and there is no limit as to how many topics you can learn.
Lynda - Software, Marketing, Design, Business. This is a great resource for anyone in business, as this website has thousands of educational videos that teach many important business skills and tools. You don’t have to worry that the videos are teaching incorrect lessons, either, as they are all created by professionals and experts in the trade. Lynda is free to try for 10-days, until users decide if they want to continue to have access to these helpful videos to grow their businesses.
MonkeySee - Varies. Watch. Learn. Do. That’s the motto of MonkeySee. MonkeySee captures and shares the skill and knowledge of the world’s greatest experts and professionals. It has even been referred to as “the leading creator of expert-driven video content.” This website offers a variety of videos by instructors, sharing their how-to videos. They are typically about 10 minutes long, and if the instructor needs more than 10 minutes, they break their videos up into smaller segments so that the viewer can follow along more easily. In addition, most of the videos come with printable transcripts so you can take them on the go.
Skillshare - Varies. For just $10 a month, you can use this site to learn a new creative skill every single day, in the areas of business, culinary, design, crafts, film, music, photography, technology, writing, lifestyle, fashion, gaming, software, marketing, and more. Skillshare offers over 7,000 on-demand, bite-sized classes, taught by leading experts and professionals. Skillshare is a jack of all trades - literally!
Stephanie Mialki is a mommy of two under two, a fitness enthusiast, and a digital marketing guru. She spends all of her spare time….oh wait, what spare time? She has a passion for business building and has successfully assisted more than 20 entrepreneurs start their own companies.