The internet can be a place full of learnings, distractions, and mystery. You can do a million things on the internet, and it all boils down to your interests and preferences. But there are some days when we have absolutely no idea what to do on the internet. We have the tab opened, but we take forever to search.
If you also get what we call the “browser’s block,” this article can help.
Here are some of the best ways to use the internet.
Learn a new skill
You’re never too old to learn something new. And learning something new never goes wasted. There are a bunch of websites out there, like Coursera and MIT Open Course Ware that offer free courses on a plethora of skills and topics.
If not for skills, spend time on sites like Quora, LifeHacker, and StumbleUpon. On these sites, you can get engaged in fun discussions, learn life hacks, develop your personality, or just learn about things and increase your general knowledge.
Learning something new keeps you energized and excited. It also increases your self-esteem and helps you become more self-confident.
Fuel your opinions and views
Being a person without opinions is bad, but what’s worse is being someone with pointless opinions. Amp up your social quotients by juicing up on perspectives and worldviews. You can do this by subscribing to YouTube channels or catching up with some inspirational TEDTalks.
If you prefer reading instead, go for sites like FastCompany, Entrepreneur, Forbes, and Goodreads. If you’re a listener, there are a bunch of podcasts out there on platforms like YouTube and Spotify.
Instead of wasting your time on the internet watching random “Friends” episodes, try to organize your life. For starters, organize your computer files. Does your desktop look filled with docs, images, folders, and whatnot? Sort them into specific folders.
You may also want to empty your email inbox. If there are some emails that need to be answered, answer them. It’s always annoying waking up to a clunky inbox with a dozen unanswered emails. Another productive thing you can do on the internet is to organize your finances, pay your bills, and look into your investments. If you’re not sure where to get started with investments, check out Investopedia for some excellent tips.
Update your life
Use your free time to get in touch with your friends and family. Make them a video call instead of dropping a text message. Sometimes, a hearty conversation with your loved ones is all you need to get back on track.
And even if you’re in love with your job and have no plans of changing it, it doesn’t hurt to update your resume and LinkedIn profile once in a while. It’s a good exercise to remind you to get updated on skills and remain productive.
If you’re a seasoned online shopper, shopping online can be a great way to spend some time on the internet. But if you shop regularly, you’ll agree that getting some free discount coupons doesn’t hurt. Some websites where you can get amazing coupon deals are CupoNation and Cupondunia. Some couponing sites are region-specific, so make sure to find some providers around your geography.
Find a new app
Apps make our lives easier, and it’s okay to be lazy once in a while. On Sundays, you could explore the app store and look for the latest apps and games. You’ll be surprised to find that there are so many apps that’ll make both your personal and professional like a bit easier and organized.
Get a virtual assistant
Do you often forget to answer emails, pick up milk, pay bills, and other day-to-day tasks? Well, a virtual assistant could be a great option. There are a lot of time management apps out there that you can program to do small things for you. These apps can help you remember small details in your life that you’re otherwise likely to forget.
Take a world tour
Thanks to Google Earth, you can travel the world while lying on your couch. It allows you to get a satellite view of any place in this world. Some cities also have a 3D map, so you can actually get “in.” One of the most fun features of Google Earth is Google Street View. It gives you a first-person walkthrough of a location, and it makes you feel like you’re actually at the place.
The internet is not about being productive all the time. It’s a fun place, and you should use it for your entertainment. Let’s discuss some ways you can have fun on the internet.
Watch TV shows and movies
There are tons of websites and platforms out there where you can watch your favorite TV shows and movies – Hulu, Netflix, and BlipTV, to name some. If you’re into shorter formats, YouTube is the ideal pick. You can use YouTube to find a video about absolutely anything.
Whether you’re into history, music, gaming, or motivation, you’ll find the content of all types on YouTube. So, if you’re looking for entertainment, the internet offers a plethora of options to choose from.
Play online games
If you’re not a gamer but want to kill some time playing light-hearted games, check out sites like addictingames.com and virtualnes.com. These sites have both single-player and multiplayer online games that are meant for novice gamers. On these sites, you’ll find games of all kinds ranging from puzzle to sports.
Find what your stuff is worth
Sites like eBay help you find the value of almost anything. You can use eBay auctions option to find the value of anything that was sold on eBay in the last 90 days. It’s a fun way to find out the worth of your stuff, and it’s a good estimate to have in case you’re planning to sell off your things.
Find what you want to see
You hover over to search engines when you have something in your mind. But what if you want to use the internet, but you’re not sure what to search for? Here’s where sites like “stumbleupon.com” come into play. It is a discovery engine that recommends web content. It allows users to discover and rate web pages and videos to help others find the best content as per their interests.
See how stuff works
For curious people, there’s a site that has a suite of explanations of how certain things actually work. “howstuffworks.com” is a subsidiary of Discovery Communications. It has information regarding how things – car engines, stem cells, search engines, etc. – work.
Listen to music
If you have no idea what to do on the internet, head to Spotify, and listen to your favorite songs. Listening to music has a lot of benefits, and they’re a great time killer too. So, create a playlist of your favorite songs and play it loud when you’re bored.
It’s better to use the internet for self-development and learning new things. But it doesn’t always have to be about productivity. You can have cheat days and do stuff you enjoy. Listen to music, watch your favorite movies, or play games online – there’s so much to do on the internet.