You have to treat the internet like any other important asset, such as time. Unfortunately, the sheer size of the internet means that it inevitably impacts upon any free hours you might have. If you have been spending much of your time using the internet to scroll social media and watch videos on YouTube, you may have forgotten how useful the internet can be to so many areas of your life. If you hadn’t considered how you could improve your fitness online, or how you can get the best out of entertainment, here are a couple of reminders of how you can use the internet to your full potential.
Firstly, you want to make sure that you’re taking breaks. To do this successfully, you need to ensure that any online activity has structure. Rather than scrolling mindlessly, decide why you are logging on, and how you are going to make the best use of your screen time. Even if this is leisure time, you will feel much more satisfied if you have spent time doing something that you enjoy. With so many streaming services available, it can be difficult to decide what to watch. Traditionally, you might set aside a couple of hours to watch a film, or half an hour to watch an episode of your favorite sitcom. However, with the rise of streaming, binge-watching has become the norm, and the trend is to sit down for hours at a time in front of a screen. If this doesn’t appeal to you, the new online service Quibi offers short bursts of high quality shows from huge stars such as Reese Witherspoon.
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If you prefer more interactive leisure time, then the word-building game, Words With Friends is a great way to connect with friends whilst challenging your brain. The game works like Scrabble, and players take it in turns to build words on the board. You might find it a more stimulating way of keeping in touch with friends. If that sounds a bit too cerebral, you might enjoy the thrill of a slot game. Come On is a casino site that hosts a number of games with different themes, and each one is short enough that you can enjoy it on a break. Here they have a collection of different slot games, including Gonzo’s quest, which for a brief moment may transport you to Mexico, giving you that daily dose of internet without the strenuous brainwork of a game such as Words With Friends.
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Although there is so much entertainment to be had on the internet, it is also useful if you want to get moving. If you have never considered how the internet can help you to reach your diet and fitness goals, you may be missing out on some crucial information and apps which could help you reach your goals much sooner than you might have expected. There is a whole litany of apps dedicated to tracking calories and nutrients, and if you’re looking for a workout, there is no better app than Instagram for finding daily workouts from trainers across the globe. If you’re interested in dance, but not ready to take a class with lots of people, renowned choreographer Debbie Allen is teaching classes from her studio in LA, and the best part about it is that you don’t need to leave the house.
Sometimes the internet can feel like a huge chasm, and it is often easy to get lost and find yourself still sitting in your pajamas at lunchtime, scrolling through social media. But by turning off the noise, you can make the internet work for you, and find ways to enjoy it in smaller doses.