I hope I didn't mislead anyone with the rather oxymoronic title, but if you're reading this, my intentions in capturing your attention were successful. Recently, I've been searching for ways to decompress and venture away from work during breaks and free time in a productive and educational activity. Naturally, these breaks are quite brief, and therefore, most activities are far too long to fit these time slots. I began to grow very sick of simply staring at a web page, so I decided to go on a hunt, and locate some productive and fun ways to just kill a few minutes.
1. Sporcle - If you haven't visited this website, chances are you'll fall prey to its one-of-a-kind educational and competitive allure. Sporcle is an excellent way to spend a five-minute break, and you'll ALWAYS learn something from these fun and random quizzes!
2. Search for Things on Craigslist/eBay - I can't remember the last time a day went by where I didn't think of something I needed or wanted. It seems we are always shopping, and the truth is (sadly), we are! No one is immune to it, that's just part of the culture! Craigslist and eBay have a surfeit of cheap stuff, and you're almost guaranteed to find some impressive deals and fine merchandise.
3. Study Vocabulary - You'll be amazed at how useful an expansive and elaborate vocabulary is for nearly all facets of professional and social life. A strong vocabulary is an excellent attribute, and is sure to benefit you in more ways than you ever imagined possible. Take quizzes, make quizzes, or just browse through an online dictionary or thesaurus.
4. Create Your Own Website/Portfolio - This is useful to just about anyone, and can help spread the word about a product you're interested in propagating, or simply getting your name out there. Write a blog, upload interesting content, and show people why your website is awesome!
5. Keep a Journal - Have you ever read an autobiography? You can bet that most people who have written million-dollar autobiographies kept extensive and detailed journals outlining their experiences, ruminations etc etc. Yours could be next. If you're not interested in the fame, or are just uninterested in writing an autobiography, make your journal yours, and take some time to reflect on your experiences, feelings, and changes. It'll make you a better person, and you'll witness a remarkable change in your outlook on life.
To be continued...
Graduate student, writer, insurance producer, runner.