While some skills can take ages to perfect and practise, others can be learnt and mastered within a short period of time, given that an ample amount of time is dedicated to the said skill. Here are some skills users on Quora suggested, that can be mastered within a week.
1. Learning the location of every country in the world
Geography isn’t a strong point for anyone and pointing out the location of small and lesser known places is often a challenge. As impossible as it may seem, you can memorise where each and every country is, by studying an atlas and then giving yourself practice sessions by pointing them out on a map.
There are several apps that have map quizzes with touch interfaces, in case you’re too lazy to pick up world maps from the stationary store.
Tip: Start with larger continents and countries like Africa, Canada, Asia and the United States.
2. Scuba diving
Most places that offer scuba diving courses estimate the beginners course to be 5 days or less (if you choose the intensive option). However, you do have to meet some prerequisites before enrolling. You have to be able to swim for 200 yards, be physically fit and have a clearance certificate from your physician.
The scuba diving course involves theory as well as open water dives, which will be part of your assessment.
It may seem easy, but it requires constant practice to master it in a duration of 7 days.
Here are some tips from an expert on getting it right:
– Use spherical objects or balls (no innuendo here) that do not bounce a lot and are not very heavy.
– Focus on the rhythm and the gentle, consistent muscle motion.
– Toss the ball up at a 60 degree angle so your arm does not have to stretch too far out to catch it.
4. Being ambidextrous
Most of us are only able to use either our left or right hands. Being ambidextrous means one can be adept at using both hands for any given task.
As advised by a user on Quora, a beginner should spend the first two days drawing circles with a line crossed over it with their non-dominant hand. This should be followed by ‘Z’ in upper case on the third day and ‘y’ in lower case on the fourth day. On the rest of the days practise the other alphabets along with short and basic sentences.
Set aside at least 2 hours a day, with breaks in between, to practise these exercises.
5. The alphabets of American Sign Language
American Sign Language is hard to master but if you practise the alphabets everyday, it’s pretty easy to make up short sentences and phrases.
6. Solving the Rubik’s Cube
There are several algorithms available online and the secret to remember the sequences to solve the cube requires memory and constant practice.
Why depend on your mother or tailor to stitch up your damaged fabrics when you can learn it in a week? Simple stitches with a needle and thread can be used for mending rips in the fabric, while a sewing machine can be used for making clothes. Sewing a pillowcase is easy to learn especially if you have a sewing machine.
Although it might come across as unimpressive, this is a life skill you won’t forget.
The Japanese art of folding paper can create some fantastic shapes and designs that resemble objects from everyday life. The most simple are the paper boat and the crane, while more complicated ones are flowers and dragons.
Start with square pieces of paper and follow the instructions, that can be found on multiple websites, on folding. Mastering the simpler techniques take up to a week, but hey, you’re making 3D art.
9. Baking bread
Bread is made from a few ingredients which are not hard to find, and no, you do not require any fancy equipment. While your first few attempts might be a little disastrous because of baking time, temperature and the fermentation of the yeast, you will slowly understand what went wrong through trial and error.
There’s nothing better than warm bread from the oven and some butter.
10. Different cuts of vegetables
Chopping vegetables is easy, but did you know there are different cuts of vegetables according to the shape in which are?
From attending culinary school, I can say it’s hard to get it right unless you practise and waste a lot of vegetables in the process.
11. Cool knots for tying a tie
Forget the single knot and the Windsor tie, did you know there are other knots that are so unconventional, they’d grab everyone’s attention.
Here’s a tutorial on how to tie the Merovingian knot