There is no doubt that internet has changed our life and websites have become a magnificent source for information and knowledge.
There was a time when to know about a simple fact, people had to visit a library and search their an appropriate book or paper.
Information was scarce in those times. Keeping a collection of books was a matter of luxury then.
But time has changed. Today, we are living in an information abundance age.
You are just a few clicks away if you want to know any fact.
Search in Google, visit a website and you will get to know more information than you thought.
Today, there exist billions of websites on the internet. Almost on every topic, there are several websites.
The world population today is approximately 7.8 billion people.
And there are 2 billion websites on the internet.
That means for every 7 people, there is a website.
Consider also the fact that more than half of the world population does not have access to the internet.
Naturally, with so much information flowing, it’s hard to decide from where to learn or get information.
Most of the time, we do not think about this. Because Google’s algorithm is doing the job.
You search something and Google is showing you what it thinks are the best websites regarding your searched topic.
This seems fine. But it also has a inherent limitation.
Most of the time, you don’t have control over what, how, and from where you want to consume information.
Search engine companies and advertisement companies are selecting on behalf of you.
And because there are so many sources to know particular information, we hardly bother over what could be the best or most trustable source.
But more choices are not always good.
As Barry Schwartz, the author of the bestselling book ‘The Paradox of Choice’ said-
“The assumption is that if choice is good, more choice is better. That’s not necessarily true.”
Therefore, it is good to have some trustable sources to gather correct information and knowledge.
So I have decided to share some of my favorite websites on the internet that I think are most useful.
The websites are not just for a particular category. I have tried to list various sites for various needs.
Most importantly, you perhaps already know about the most popular websites, so I am going to talk about sites that are lesser-known but extremely beneficial-
Here are some of my favorites-
Have you tried different note-taking, to-do lists, and project management apps or websites and still not satisfied with them?
I have tried at least 50 apps for the aforementioned reasons but for some reason stopped using them after a certain time.
Then, I found Notion and everything changed. It’s like a paradigm shift.
You can do note-taking, to-do lists, journal writing, keeping track of something, project management, and there are many more things in Notion.
It has an inbuilt Wikipedia, so to know the information you don’t have to get out of Notion. There are so many things I can’t even list here.
Just check out Notion, I guaruntee you will love it.
Thankfully, it is free for personal use and if you sign up with your academic e-mail, you can use it free forever (as long as the academic e-mail remains).
This is a completely different website that deals with self-reflection.
When I first time wished to use it, I thought there is nothing special about this website.
But after answering the questions they asked (on their website) and their analysis, I felt clearer and better.
If you want to have some idea about how rational you are, what according to you is your ideal life, how your worldviews are, etc you should check out this site.
This might seem hard to believe that a website can tell you much about your life but just give it a try. You might like it.
Do you love watching documentaries?
Even if you don’t , you should watch sometimes.
It takes months and years of effort to make a good documentary. And they are one of the best ways to get reliable knowledge.
What if there could be a video streaming platform dedicated to documentaries?
Yes, curiositystream does exactly that.
Whether you want to watch a fascinating science documentary or about ancient history, people, or philosophy, Curiositystream has its all.
You can watch documentaries in 4K.
It is just like Netflix and Amazon Prime but only with quality documentaries.
People who love to learn new things and explore more would love this website.
And it is way cheaper than Netflix. Less than 1500 rupees in a year. I have subscribed to it since 2019.
Try it out. Then let me know what you feel.
Do you often remain confused about which book to read next?
If yes, then you will find this website very helpful.
Not only that, but this site will also show you what the world’s most successful people have read and recommend others to read.
Isn’t it cool?
Once you visit this website, you will have so many choices of books to read. You will know a great bunch of books. Check this out.
Literaturandlatte is a software company that offers two useful software. One is Scapple and another is Scrivener.
If you are someone who loves to write down your ideas and then ponder about them then there is a special software that can help you.
It’s called Scapple. It is like a mind map software but you can do more than just mind map.
You can connect your thoughts the way you like. For example, I read a book and then jot down my thoughts on Scapple and then connect them like mind mapping.
It is super useful. There is a 30-day free trial, so you can try it before considering buying the software (it costs only 1300 for a lifetime).
Or if you love to write and want a software just like Microsoft word but with more tools and power to help you, then check out Scrivener.
This is a learning website. There is an instructor and you have to enroll in a course.
You might say why I am not talking about Coursers, Udemy, or skillshare. They are also similar websites.
People already know about skillshare or Coursera (or udemy) but perhaps not many people know about Masterclass.
And Masterclass is different then other learning websites.
Whereas skillshare or Coursera focuses more on hard skills like online marketing, video editing, coding, etc.
Masterclass is for people who are looking for personal development, and that means you won’t get any certificate after completing the course.
And Masterclass is way more expensive then skillshare or coursera.
Then why one would like to learn at Masterclass?
Because you can learn from the best in the field. You can learn what goes in the mind of a world class person and his/her tactics, habits,etc.
I love writing, so I am planning to take a course at Masterclass to learn from Malcolm Gladwell.
Malcolm Gladwell is a magnificent author of this generation and has written multiple bestselling books.
Taking a course in Masterclass is more like a great experience for a lifetime than just learning a particular skill.
If you love Science, then you can learn from Chris Hadfield, Neil deGrasse Tyson, etc. If you love cooking you can learn from Gordon Ramsay.
These people are experts in their field and you can learn about them and how they think.
It’s worth giving a try to learn at Masterclass.
Do you read plenty of articles on the internet and wish if you could all the important articles somewhere?
Pardon me for the fact that I could not choose one.
I like both. Basically, both pocket and Instapaper does the same thing.
You can save important articles/videos using them, you can highlight articles and add comments, and then you can read or listen to those articles whenever you want.
I found them extremely useful. I read a good number of articles on the internet and save the most important ones so that I can read them again later.
If you are already using then let me know your experience.
If you are not using then start using by downloading the app in your mobile and also adding the extension in your chrome browser.
These are my favorite websites which I find most useful.
The Internet can help you grow tremendously if you know the most effective platforms.
I am sure I have missed many websites that you know are excellent for personal growth.
Do let me know in the comment section about your favorite websites on the Internet.
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Have a productive week. Until next time