Lifehack’s Should-Know-How List

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Few things ignite my anxiety more than articles like Lifehack’s 54 Things Everyone Needs to Know How to Do. As if I needed more things to worry about.

Scanning the first 10, I’m at about 30%. (Man, I make a killer fried egg.)

Looking through the full list, I pull in a (better, but still failing) score of 51%.

They lost me at “should.” Should. Should. Should. It’s a dirty 6-letter word. Can’t you just feel your chest tighten when you hear that word? I should have kept going when I saw this article. #1 should be: Know how to take advice articles with a grain of salt.

And it’s not an exhaustive list. I mean, I can think of a few 100 more things that I do know how to do that aren’t on that list, so maybe this list isn’t really that fair.

After taking a cleansing breath and committing to NEVER doing a search that leads me to an article like this again, I can see that there are some good points here – and some items have been on my list for years. Thanks for the reminder, Lifehack.

Now, the tricky part: Not just jumping into action to conquer the remaining 49% of the list like it’s my day job. So, I’ll pick three for 2015: Learn CPR, Know how to roast a turkey and Learn how to sew (using my still-in-the-box Singer).

How about you?

Please send me a message if you’ve mastered 100% of the list. Maybe I can just hang around you all the time and save myself from figuring out my 49%.

Check out my short version of the list below – or go to lifehack.com for the full article.

1. You should know how to start a fire without matches.
2. You should know basic survival skills.
3. You should know how to grow your own vegetables.
4. You should know how to swim.
5. You should know how to change a tire.
6. You should know how to jump start a car.
7. You should know how to code.
8. You should know how to build a website.
9. You should know how to think critically and question the status quo.
10. You should know how to cook an egg (correctly!)
11. You should know how to perform CPR.
12. You should know how to manage your time.
13. You should know how to dress properly.
14. You should know how to approach and meet new people.
15. You should know how to lift your own weight.
16. You should know how to remember peoples’ names.
17. You should know how to give a toast in front of lots of people.
18. You should know how to negotiate.
19. You should know how to detect a lie.
20. You should know how to shut up and listen genuinely.
21. You should know how to tell a good story.
22. You should know how to defend yourself against single and multiple assailants.
23. You should know how to use a credit card correctly.
24. You should know how to invest in the stock market.
25. You should know how to speak at least one or two languages besides English.
26. You should know how to make money (without a job).
27. You should know how to manage your personal finances.
28. You should know how to draw.
29. You should know how to be a respectful house guest.
30. You should know how to keep your computer secure.
31. You should know how to navigate with a map and compass (without a GPS).
32. You should know how to sew.
33. You should know how to travel hack.
34. You should know how to buy a car without getting ripped off.
35. You should know how to be happy.
36. You should know how to fix a bike flat.
37. You should know how to have a conversation with someone of any age.
38. You should know how to drive a manual transmission vehicle.
39. You should know how to back up your data.
40. You should know how to say “I’m sorry” and “I was wrong.”
41. You should know how to sing or play an instrument.
42. You should know how to ask for help.
43. You should know how the basics of how to repair a car.
44. You should know how to control your temper.
45. You should know how to show gratitude, write a thank you note.
46. You should know how to parallel park.
47. You should know how to write professionally.
48. You should know how to perform basic first aid.
49. You should know how to give a compliment.
50. You should know the correct way to respond to criticism.
51. You should know how to put together a basic emergency preparedness kit.
52. You should know how to prepare and roast a turkey or chicken.
53. You should know how to use Google efficiently.
54. You should know how to crowd-source opinions from your Facebook friends…Where do you think I got most of the ideas for this article?

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