Most useful skills, such as learning a new language or mastering the art of cooking, can’t be conquered in a day.
However, there are several important life skills you can pick up almost instantly. Here are some of the best responses, with a few of our own thrown in.
“Chew gum when you’re approaching a situation that would make you nervous, like public speaking or bungee jumping. If we are eating, something in our brain reasons, I would not be eating if I were in danger. So I’m not in danger.’”
Learn how to speed read:
“The first thing you need to do is eliminate the voice inside your head. Read with your eyes. Whatever you do don’t use the voice inside your head. As you learn to do this part go ahead and read word by word and go over the lines with your finger. Just work on eliminating the voice. Why? You cannot say words nearly as fast as you can comprehend them, Since you’re reading with your eyes, try reading two or three words at a time, and then move up once you get comfortable.”
Remove tourists from vacation photos:
“Set your camera on a tripod. Take a picture about every 10 seconds until you have about 15 shots. Open all the images in Photoshop by going to File > Scripts > Statistics. Choose: ‘median’ and select the files you took. Photoshop finds what’s different in the photos and simply removes it.”
Identify the freshest strawberries:
“Smell them. If they smell like strawberries, buy them; they will taste divine. If they look gorgeous but have no smell, they will have no taste. Simple and foolproof.”
Save time with computer shortcuts:
When using Chrome on a Mac, ⌘+a selects all; ⌘+c copies; ⌘+x cuts; and ⌘+v pastes. You can also use ⌘+n to open a new window and ⌘+t to open a new tab. See a more comprehensive list of shortcuts.