10 Independent Living Skills You Can Easily Teach Yourself
I too often find myself wondering how other people seem to have life all figured out. Social media shows us a carefully crafted highlights reel of the wonderful lives all our friends and acquaintances are having, from the great food they cooked last night, to the fantastic promotion they just got at work (forgetting to mention the extra hours and responsibility said promotion entails).
It must be pretty obvious by now that the people around us lead average, regular lives just like us, but - just as the news shows us all the negativity happening in the world around us, and forgets to mention all the wonderful people and selfless acts that are happening on a daily basis - so too people prefer to present a bright, colorful view of their world to others.
If you're really interested in bettering your life, start by working on improving skills that will help you on your path to success - at home as well as at work. This list of independent living skills will help keep your brain active and even give you a leg up in the professional world. These skills will help you stand out from the crowd, enabling you to achieve more and impress those in your personal and business circles. All the skills highlighted today can easily be self-taught online.
Learn to negotiate like a pro
Strong negotiation skills can be extremely valuable in everyday life. From negotiating with your cellphone carrier, insurance providers, and especially when it comes to real estate - in fact, just about every major purchase you will make in your life - negotiating well will help you save a lot of money in the long term.
In the professional world negotiation skills are especially valuable. Not only will being able to negotiate a pay raise and increased benefits help you in the short term, great negotiation skills are a must for anyone with aspirations to upper level management.
Relationships also benefit greatly from negotiating with your partner. If done well, just about any altercation can be solved with some smooth negotiation tactics. If you know how to frame a solution in a way that both you and your partner can accept, then everyone wins, and fights are avoided.
Negotiating is a fine art which can be perfected with practise and technique, just like any other skill. Here are a few resources that will help you on your way:
Basic first aid
Learning even the most basic first aid can make the difference between life and death. Many incidents have been survived because bystanders knew basic first aid, and were able to provide the injured with enough treatment that they could make it to emergency rooms or until responders could arrive. CPR and the Heimlich maneuver are easy to learn, and require no tools. Treating bleeding wounds and burns will help in a myriad of situations. Sometimes, even if a person has not suffered a life-threatening injury, they can succumb to shock, so learn to diagnose and treat that as well. These five areas of knowledge should be enough for you to provide basic care, and can all be learned easily through reading or watching videos.
The hardware of computers and electronics
With technology being integral to our daily lives, and with quite a bit of home business being dependent on computers and electronics, knowing how to fix them when they break is necessary to keep the gears turning. Knowing how to fix a balky computer and swap out a power source will save time and money, and get you back in action quickly. The same goes for printers, fax machines, and routers. Diagnostic tools and diagrams can be found online, while soldering irons and tools can be found at hardware stores.
Some PC repair resources to learn how to fix your computer:
IFixIt - A community of people that help each other repair things
How to service your own computer
Much like property maintenance, basic repair is a set of skills that can save you a ton of money, and even make you a little extra on the side. This is not as specific a field as computer hardware, but more of a general skill that ranges from knowing how to seamlessly patch drywall to how to change the oil in your car. There will always be skills that will require specialized tools and are best left to the professionals, but knowing how to turn a wrench can save you time and money. If you are able to master some skills, you can help out friends and neighbors, making a little extra cash on the side, or even turn it in to your own business. There are plenty of DIY sites, blogs, and books that can teach you how to repair almost anything you own.
Aside from being the way to a man’s heart, it’s also a way to impress friends and family, as well as to save money. A meal cooked from scratch will inherently be better than produced and packaged foods, as the artificial flavorings and preservatives will not be added, and you'll know exactly which ingredients are being used. Many packaged foods are laden with salt, while meals from fast food eateries bring an even greater number of nutritional concerns. On top of all this, knowing how to put together a complete, home-cooked meal is sure to endear you to friends, as well as to impress co-workers or potential clients if you entertain them. Your best bet is to find recipes, and start trying them out.