19 useful things to learn in 2019
2019, for me, is all about becoming the better version of myself.
I want to learn new things, improve my skills, go further in my career, work hard and set myself up for future years.
Some of my goals for the year include learning how to play an instrument, learning how to make videos and how to do basic DIY. A healthy mix of fun and practical skills!
Keep reading for 19 ideas of things you could learn in 2019…
1) How to practice self care
This is one of the most important things I’ve learned in the past couple of years. The most important person in your life is you, and you should treat yourself that way.
Self care can encompass mental, physical and emotional.
Don’t neglect your own needs and don’t be afraid to put yourself first.
2) Basic sewing skills
This is a skill that I feel is lacking in our generation. Generations before us would mend or alter clothes, rather than slinging them to the back of the wardrobe and going out to buy another one. But cheap, fast fashion is so damaging for the environment, and we, as a society, really should be putting more thought into how our choices are affecting the world.
Anyway, basic sewing is not a difficult skill to learn, and if you could repair your clothes, such as sewing on a button or fixing a hem, instead of replacing them, not only would this save you money but it would also be more eco friendly.
3) How to build habits
Creating a new habit sounds simple enough, but getting it to stick is difficult. Learning how to form a new habit is a skill that will help you throughout life.
4) How to film and edit videos
This is a big one for me this year, as I would love to start a Youtube channel. I have very limited video experience though so I know it’s going to be a huge learning curve.
In today’s world, video content is so hugely popular, and important! For businesses especially.
It’s a skill that I think would also benefit my CV (I work in marketing).
Whether you are going to be using video production skills at work or in your personal life, spending a few hours learning how to film and edit better will not be a waste of time!
5) Car maintenance
If you don’t have a car, you can probably skip this one! If you do, you probably shouldn’t!
I’ve recently learnt the hard way the importance of car maintenance. I’ve had countless minor problems with my car over the last 12 months that I’ve had to learn a lot just to keep my car going! (Will 2019 be the year I finally buy a new car? Haha)
Learning how to fill your windscreen washer, engine oil, check your tyre pressure and tread, engine coolant, how to change bulbs and window wipers, what the warning lights on your dashboard mean and getting regular services done on your car will make the world of difference, and keep your car much healthier!
6) How to manage your finances
This is so, so important. And the earlier you learn this, the easier it will be.
Learning how borrowing and debt works, where your money is coming from and where it goes, how to save money and how to get a good credit score is something you should definitely spend some time getting your head around.
7) How to make natural cleaning products
Another thing that’s firmly on my list for this year.
Natural cleaning products are often cheaper, better for you, your home and the environment. And they’re not difficult to make so there’s no excuse to keep buying toxic chemicals! I just need to learn…
There are a whole host of benefits of meditation, including improved focus, better mental health, increased creativity and lower stress.
But it’s not a skill that will come naturally to most of us, and it takes practise to calm our minds and focus thoughts.
9) Public speaking skills
You never know when you’ll need this one! It’s one of those things that will improve with preparation and practice, but you can definitely learn what makes for a good public speaker - what to do and what not to do.
10) Basic self defence skills
I would like to learn how to defend myself in certain situations. I think it would help me to feel more confident and safer in general.
11) How to study effectively
Studying smarter instead of harder is an incredibly useful skill that will without a doubt help to boost your grades.
12) Basic DIY skills
Knowing how to hang a photo frame, paint a wall, fix a hole in the wall, or unclog a drain are skills that will definitely come in handy.
Not only will they save you a bit of cash by knowing how to do those things yourself, but it also means you won’t have to phone someone to help every time something goes wrong in your home.
13) How to read labels on food packaging
Now, hear me out.
Since going vegetarian and then vegan, I’ve HAD to learn how to read ingredients and nutritional information on food packaging, to make sure I was eating the right stuff.
Before this, I had NO clue. I thought I did, but wow I’ve learnt a lot.
It’s been shocking to learn how food you think is healthy actually isn’t, the amount of food that contains palm oil, where food comes from, the amount of E numbers etc in certain products.
Learning how to read food packaging, what things mean, what to look out for is definitely a useful life skill.
14) How to manage social media
I’m sure the vast majority of us here have at least one social media channel. Some of us who blog or use it for business will want to manage platforms with more intent though. Do you know how to create an effective social media strategy? Why not spend an afternoon reading up on the topic?
15) How to use the Microsoft suite
If you’re ever planning on going into an office job, this will be invaluable.
Knowing basic level Word, Excel and Powerpoint are a must. But why not boost your skills and learn more advanced formulas on Excel to create an impressive spreadsheet, or learn how to make a beautiful Powerpoint, or learn how macros work in Word?
16) Deep Work
Deep Work is all about focusing at the task at hand and working without distraction to boost productivity. Cal Newport is the man behind this idea, and he has written a bestselling book on the topic: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
17) How to play an instrument
This is high up on my to do list for 2019. Last year I bought a ukulele, and this year I’m determined to learn how to play the thing!
I’m going to be learning with the excellent online ukulele course my friends have put together! If you’re thinking of learning how to play ukulele, then definitely check Mugstop Cafe out - you can get your first 5 lessons free!
18) Basic HTML and CSS code
This is a skill I learnt back when I was blogging on Blogger because I desperately wanted to customise my site but didn’t have the money to buy a fancy theme. I didn’t realise quite how much learning how to read and write basic code would help me out though, especially with part of my job involving managing the website!
19) How to use Photoshop
Knowing how to edit photos well is a really useful skill. Plus, you never know when you might need to put your friend’s face on Meghan Markle’s body and stick on a potato to celebrate her engagement. And no I’m not joking.
I am a big advocate for learning new things and I hope this post has given you some inspiration. Learning new skills can help improve your life, increase your self esteem, enhance career prospects and opens your mind.
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