Surprisingly, it is pretty simple for us, the internet-savvy age, to get myopic with the medium. Even though there is much to see, do, and learn on the internet, most of us find ourselves returning to the same monotony again and again.
This blog will discuss how you can convert that passive, Facebook-consuming energy into something more productive. So close that Facebook tab and examine the following suggestions to get the most out of the internet and feel more productive. There’s a lot more to the internet than narcissistic escapism.
#1 — Learn Something New
It’s never too late to learn something new. And no skill is ever wasted. Coursera and MIT OpenCourseWare, for example, are beautiful pieces of knowledge, offering free courses on a wide range of topics and skill areas.
If you don’t want to take a course, go to websites like;
- Quora: A fun discussion forum.
- LifeHacker: A package of advice on how to get things done.
- StumbleUpon: Good recommendations on websites based on your interests.
- HowStuffWorks: To learn a little bit more about the world around you.
- Duolingo: A fun web app for learning the basics of a new language.
- Wikipedia: Learning anything new keeps the mind engaged and energized.
#2 — Develop World Views & Different Opinions
The only thing that is worse than having no opinions has useless ones. Subscribing to appropriate YouTube channels can help you learn about various worldviews and perspectives, which will improve your social quotient.
If you like to read instead, my top recommendations are;
- FastCompany: I read their articles, case studies, and blogs frequently.
- Entrepreneur: For some inspiring stories.
- Goodreads: To get book recommendations for the next excellent read.
#3 — Make a Plan
Attempt to manage your life rather than just wasting time on the internet. To begin, consider organizing your computer files (remember that stack of photos you’ve wanted to sort? Begin there). You might wish to empty your inboxes now and again. Respond to all of the emails you’ve been putting off and get them out of the way. It’s nice to wake up with an empty inbox (or a relatively empty one, too).
Another helpful thing to do is utilize part of your free internet time to organize your finances, pay your bills, and research your investments. If this last paragraph piqued your interest, check out Investopedia for some helpful hints and lessons on personal finance and investing.
#4 — Bring Your Personal And Professional Lives Up To Date
Make use of your leisure time to reconnect with family and friends. Instead of sending a text message, make a Skype call. A hearty chat with a close buddy can sometimes be all you need to feel accomplished.
Even if you adore your job, it’s a good idea to regularly update your résumé (or a professional profile on sites like LinkedIn). At times, it’s an excellent personal development check. Allow this exercise to serve as a reminder to keep your abilities up to date and stay productive.
#5 — Choose A New Fun App
In the world of Android and iOS, one can always turn to an app to make their lives easier. I enjoy checking Google Play for the latest productivity applications and games on most idle Sundays when I am too bored of scrolling through someone’s social status. I’ve discovered a variety of applications and chrome extensions that have helped me manage and inform my work and personal lives in various ways.
#6 — Take A Virtual Trip Around The World On Your Computer
Google Street View is a fantastic app that allows you to take a brief tour of any location in the globe from the comfort of your sofa. It’s a terrific tool for researching holiday spots or simply taking a break from the monotony of it all, in my opinion.
#7 — Shop Wisely
I’m a big internet shopper, and I find it highly convenient (especially for high-involvement things) because I don’t have many helpful advisors in my physical location. The concept of internet coupons has been a fresh discovery for me. Some of them might genuinely assist you in finding reasonable prices and discounts on products across several websites. Look for a couponing service that operates in your area and shop wisely online.
If you’re not ready to hand over your credit card information just yet, online shopping might at least help you narrow down your options. These days, that’s how I think of window shopping.