Talking Points
April 2024

How to “Take Five” When Working

Studies show that to remain productive, we need to take brief breaks from our work projects. But what can you actually do with 5 minutes of free time? Checking your email counts as work. Scouring social media seems a little mundane. We’ve got a better idea. Check out the websites below. You’ll be way more entertained and ready to resume work when you’re done.

Apartment Therapy
If you’re into home decor or DIY projects, you might be spending more than 5 minutes on this site. Why? Because there’s all kinds of amazing visual and written content here. It features handy tips and helpful articles on just about everything from redoing staircases to making that awkward space above your fridge more usable. Be sure to check out the “before and after” series, the “small spaces” series, and the home and apartment tours.

Mental Floss
A quick word of warning, you might find Mental Floss to be a little addicting. This online magazine has articles on a very broad range of subjects. The articles are thoroughly researched, well written, and typically cover topics that seldom get discussed at the kitchen table or water cooler. For example, in their “Big Questions” section, they take on such curious contemplations as why shells sound like the ocean and why yawns are contagious.

Is it possible to surf the internet without too much paddling? You bet it is. Just visit Mix. Formerly known as “StumbleUpon,” Mix is a site that lets you select your favorite interests and then serves up random news and features that match your choices. You can also share the articles, photos, and videos you discover with friends and coworkers. It’s a convenient way to entertain yourself by telling the web to surprise you.

Based on The 27 Best Websites for Wasting Time on the Internet in 2019 by Lindsay Kolowich.

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