16 incredibly useful websites that could change your life in 2016

Useful websites for New Years

Are you ready to make 2016 your best year ever? These useful websites will help you reach your goals.

A new year, a new start! Making New Years resolutions is easy–the hard part is sticking with them. We’ve put together a list of our picks for the most useful websites that will get you one step closer to your goals and help you fulfil your resolutions. Whether you want to learn a new skill, start eating better, or simplify your life, one of these useful websites is sure to help you make 2016 your best year yet.

1. Duolingo

Struggling with learning a language? Head over to Duolingo, where you’ll find gamified learning resources for dozens of languages. It’s fun, it works, and best of all, it’s free!

2. CodeAcademy

If you’ve ever thought about learning to code but just never got started on it, CodeAcademy is the kick in the pants you need. The site teaches you languages such as Python, HTML, and JavaScript through free, interactive lessons.

3. TED

TED talks are all about exploring ideas and learning new things. These videos feature experienced speakers who share their knowledge on just about any topic imaginable. Here are 25 of our favorite TED talks to get you started.

4. Coursera

Ready to continue your education? Coursera offers free online course from the world’s top universities, in fields ranging from the humanities to the sciences.

5. Instructables

Forget Pinterest, Instructables is the go-to site for do-it-yourselfers. Get in on the DIY fun with detailed instructions that will turn your crafty ideas into reality. It’s free, and has instructables for just about any kind of project you can dream up.

6. Wolfram | Alpha

Wikipedia lovers, it’s time to take the next step. Wolfram|Alpha is where you can “compute whatever can be computed about anything.” The huge database of knowledge lets you dive into tons of topics. Trust us, you’ll be calculating all night.

7. What should I read next?

So many books to choose from, so little time. What should I read next? helps narrow your choices by recommending books related to the ones you love most.

8. L-Mail

L-Mail is a handy site that lets you send mail from the internet. Overseas mail can arrive quicker, and you can avoid having to stop at the post.

9. MyFridgeFood

Fridge full of food, but no idea how to combine them into an edible meal? At MyFridgeFood, you can tick your available ingredients and find out what you can make with them. The site also suggests meals that need additional ingredients, if you’re up for a trip to the shop.

10. Cold Turkey

Working on a computer takes a lot of self-discipline. If you’re easily distracted while trying to write a paper or get work done online, Cold Turkey can help by blocking any offending websites. No more Facebook or cat videos—until you finish your work, anyway.

11. CVMaker

Your resume or CV needs to be top-notch if you’re going to land your dream job. CVMaker helps you build the perfect resume with its selection of professional-looking templates.

12. Cheatography

Cheatography may sound sketchy, but it’s the perfect place to go for helpful “cheat sheets” for studying and learning. Create your own quick reference sheets or browse the uploads for any topic you might need a refresher in.

13. ManualsLib

Looking to declutter your home? It’s time to clear out that drawer stuffed with manuals from every device you’ve owned since the 80s. You can find just about any manual that you might need at ManualsLib.

14. Password Generator

Online security is more important than ever. Password Generator generates a random, secure password for any account. Just click and copy.

15. Down for everyone or just me

Is a website not working for you? Find out if it’s down for everyone, or just you.

16. Calculator

Hey, we’re not all math whizzes. Get a little help with Calculator, which has a variety of different calculator types to help you figure out everything from fractions to unit conversions.

What have we missed? Tell us about your favorite useful websites that help you get the most of out life. In the meantime, be sure to check out our top picks for the best weird websites, especially if your resolution is to enjoy the little things in life.

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9 replies

  1. I haven’t seen cold turkey but I think if you combine that is with Dr Wicked’s write or die and you’d be unstoppable 🙂

  2. Well, I’ve been inspired to trash my collection of manuals. Checked them on the website first of course. Good riddance.

  3. Duolingo rocks. Just start with one lesson daily and quickly you will go to 2, 3, 4 lessons.
    Works for me!

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