Everybody is busy. Between work, family, and trying to get a decent amount of sleep at night, there never seems to be enough time in the day to do anything new. Without knowing it, we seem to fall into the same old routine can’t get out of it.
But what if we could learn something entirely new in only ten minutes? Doing so could teach you a new trick, life hack, or even a different hobby while also allowing you to maintain that everyday routine of yours.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 things you can learn to do in 10 minutes that will improve the productivity in your life, while also teaching you something that may be completely different from your everyday life.
1. Efficiently Packing A Suitcase
The days of sitting on your suitcase to get it to close are gone. Packing a suitcase is a lot easier when you go about it in a practical manner. This video shares tips and tricks of packing from those who probably do it the most out of anyone – flight attendants.
Their tips include everything from only bringing 2/3 of what you think you need to stuffing undergarments in your shoes to help keep their form while freeing up space.
2. Basic Table Manners
If you’re placing silverware on a table and you don’t know what goes where, use this trick I learned:
On your LEFT (four letters), put the things that are four-lettered: Fork
On your RIGHT (five letters), put the things that are five-lettered: Spoon, Knife, Glass
For more specific tables manners, (i.e. where the bread plate goes) watch this short video.
3. Learning To Meditate
If you incorporate just 10 minutes of meditating into your daily routine, you’re giving yourself the chance to be less stressed and more relaxed. Meditating really isn’t that hard, and you don’t need anything but an open mind.
There are several videos out there of professionals who help you clear your mind via some encouraging words and relaxing music, so give it a try. Go to YouTube and search “meditation for beginners”, or just watch this video we picked out:
4. Memorize Things 10x Faster
This video compares two different ways you can go about memorizing things: verbally and visually. It gives you a fun test to see which technique works better when you’re trying to memorize things. Spoiler alert: Visual memory works far better than verbal memory.
It suggests trying to memorize things by giving them a visual, or even a story. Having something in your imagination to associate them with will be more effective than just creating acronyms.
5. How To Tie A Knot
You probably know how to tie a shoe, but there are way more knots out there in the world besides the bunny loop. Learning these knots is essential for outdoor activities such as fishing or rock climbing, but they can also be used in more mundane situations such as tying a needle and thread.
This 2-minute video tutorial shows how you can easily learn to tie five different knots.
6. Perfectly Fold A T-Shirt
There are plenty of ways to fold t-shirts, but the way that’s being demonstrated in this video not only will take less than 10 minutes – it’ll take less than 10 seconds.
By pinching the shirt and folding through, you are guaranteed a perfect fold every time. Refer to the video for a full tutorial:
7. How To Tie A Tie
Even if you don’t wear a tie daily, this skill is worth learning for special occasions or for helping men tie their ties. Of course, there are various knots that you can use to tie ties, but for this video, we went with the classic Windsor knot.
It’s a 5-minute tutorial that goes at a pace slow enough for someone who is tying a tie to go along with:
8. How To Speed Read
When we have to read something and just don’t have the time, learning these key techniques for speed reading — while still fully obtaining the information — can come in handy.
This video gives five different methods for speed reading, including how to skim correctly and associating what you’re reading with things that you’re interested in.
9. Basic Self-Defense Techniques
Knowing very basic self-defense techniques could potentially save your life. There are obviously various levels of self-defense training that you can learn, but at the most basic, there are easy techniques you can keep in mind if you’re ever in a harmful situation.
This 7-minute video gives three ways to defend yourself from an attacker. Learning these and even sharing them with others can be very important and even save your life.
10. Learn Your Love Language
There’s definitely some truth to the idea that everybody loves differently. This thought was discussed in a book by relationship counselor Gary Chapman, The Five Love Languages: How To Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.
In this book, Chapman basically says that everybody has a different way of loving someone, aka their own “love language.” There are five possible languages you can fall under, and whichever one you most closely identify with is not the way that you give love, but how you prefer to receive it.
The 5 different love languages are:
- Words of Affirmation
- Acts of Service
- Receiving Gifts
- Quality Time
- Physical Touch
Here is a quick introductory video:
Want to know what your love language is? Take the free 10-minute, 30-question test here.