4 better ways to waste time

What? Better ways to waste time? Nobody wants to waste time! The thing is, everybody does, and everybody needs quick breaks from work to help refresh. So how can you take breaks without wasting time? Here are five great ways to utilize quick work breaks to get ahead:


The Khan Academy is a great way to tap into free, quick introductory courses to help you learn new info and expand your horizons. If you’re looking for something with a little more depth, you can check out Yale Open Courses. Even when you watch and learn things that have nothing to do with your chosen field, you never know what skills or knowledge you might acquire that can be applied to your chosen field. And no matter what, it is more productive than playing Candy Crush or watching videos of cats stealing dog beds.


Whether you are relaxed by just staring into space or by practicing things more traditionally viewed as meditation, the centering influence of a meditative minute can really help you power through the day. It won’t be as educating as the above option, but it may be way more refreshing and calming. Either way, it is – again – better than surfing YouTube or trolling Facebook feeds.

Plan dinner.

Check out neat dinner ideas online. When you take the time to plan a dinner in advance, you’ll probably end up being able to come up with healthier concoctions that are still super-tasty. Or, if you’re not a good cook, you can always start by watching cooking videos to learn a thing or two about it. Planning dinner can be a double escape, both because you get to take a break from work and because you get to fantasize about your end-of-the-day rest and relaxation.

Learn the constellations.

Obviously, this is a lot more relevant and engaging if you work nightshift. If you’re an overnighter, quick breaks at work can be a great time to learn about the night sky. There are some great websites that will help you track the constellations visible in your part of the globe and also tell you a bit about the myths behind each constellation.

Watch TED.

TED talks are just about the right length for a work break. They aren’t quite the same as Khan Academy or other educational talks, because they also range into motivating and inspirational talks.

Can Akdeniz

Can Akdeniz is the author of seven books and founder of Business Hacker, a popular business blog. His books such as Go Nuts, Cool Boss, Happy Company and MBA 2.0 have changed how people think about business, productivity and work.