3 Great Skills You Can Learn This Year

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People across the world wake up on the 1st January, ready to start their new year with all intentions of the resolutions that they made the night before. But most new year’s resolutions go out the window in the first couple of days. Coming up with random promises to drink less, exercise more, or whatever else you might choose is never that effective and you won’t stick to it unless you’re really dedicated. Instead of coming up with a resolution for the sake of it, why not make the effort to do something worthwhile this year instead. Here are some great new skills you could learn this year.


Repair Things

Being able to make basic repairs around the house is a great skill to have because it saves you time and money, not to mention it’s a fun hobby to have. You can start small with things like fixing a leaking tap, change the fuse in a plug, or make basic repairs on your car. Fixing things around the house might sound daunting, especially if you’re a DIY novice, but there are so many great Youtube tutorials to walk you through it and once you get started, you’ll find it’s a lot easier than you thought it would be. Once you’ve mastered all of those basic repairs, you can go for something a bit more advanced. Before you know it, you’ll be a DIY expert and you’ll never have to pay people to fix things for you again.


Learn A Language

Most people spend years learning languages at school but if you asked them now, they wouldn’t be able to speak a word. It’s not because learning languages is impossibly hard, it’s because the way that you learn at school isn’t always the most effective. But now there are lots of alternative learning methods like Rapidly Fluent that people have found a lot more success in. They offer a different way of teaching you a new language that promises results in weeks, not years. Learning a language is such a great skill which will be useful when you’re on holiday and it’s a great thing to put on your resume when you’re looking for jobs.


Learn An Instrument

Playing an instrument is a great hobby that you can do instead of going out partying or watching the TV all the time. There are so many places to find free lessons online for pretty much any instrument. Youtube tutorials are the best way to get the same lessons you’d usually have to pay a professional teacher for. If you’re not very musically minded at all, start out with something simple like a ukulele. Once you’ve mastered that, you can graduate to something a bit more advanced like the guitar. There are also great sites that teach you music theory for free as well so you can understand how to put songs together as well.


Ditch all of those pointless new year’s resolutions this time around and pick something that you can actually stick to like learning one of these great skills.

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