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8 Best Online Activities to Pass the Time

8 Best Online Activities to Pass the Time

The Internet may have various uses for all sorts of people from different parts of the world, but the most excessive use of the internet is usually for passing the time. No one has seen the web entirely, and nobody knows what lies in the depths of this deep ocean. There is a lot to explore on the internet, and no one can get bored with it once connected to the web. No doubt that the internet has made life easier, from hiring a lawyer online to passing your time online, everything now is just a click away from you. Today, we are listing 8 best online activities which you can try anytime when you are bored.

1. Don’t stop the music

There is always some kind of music that everyone likes, no matter where you’re from. The Internet is a huge source of music, and there are numerous websites out there where you can find and come across different music from all over the world. The sites vary from free to premium and provide high-quality music from your favorite artists. If you are into creating music yourself, then even you can record your talent and bring it in front of the world.

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2. Try online videos

You are surely familiar with YouTube. If you need to pass your time, then search a video of your liking and get trapped in the loop of playing recommended videos and you wouldn’t know how your hours went by so quickly. With the online videos, you can watch stand-up comedies, tutorials about fashion or hairstyles, motivational speeches, cooking recipes and what not. The Internet can easily make your computers replace your television. There are various premium services that you can use to view your favorite TV shows on the web. There is Hulu, Vudu, iTunes to try out, and of course, the Netflix free trial forever waiting for you to give it a go. By using the free trials, you can check if the service is to your liking or not.

3. Window shopping  online

We don’t have any explanation for this, but window shopping keeps people so interested that they can just spend hours browsing. You can check the lists of the endless products, their prices, and their specifications and put them in your wishlist. It may not sound like it, but it is something that we all do. Skimming through the on-sale product lists, checking out new phones in the market keeps us totally glued.

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4. Socialize!

People cannot go a few hours without socializing these days. You can do this through your phones or PCs. Get along with old friends over chats or just make friends with strangers from different corners of the world. Social media isn’t only there for you to meet friends, but it can also bring you trending news and talks and even some rib-tickling memes and jokes. And if you’re an entrepreneur or a businessman, then keeping an eye on your social media stats is a must. There are various tools online that help you keep track of your social media followers, so you don’t have to count anything manually.

5. Learn a language

While you are trying to pass the time, why not learn a new language? Learning a language is interesting and may prove to be productive for you. In some emergency cases, knowing the foreign language is not only important but also could save few lives. Though you could seek help from few medical translation services online, knowing the language lends you a helping hand during emergency situations. Also, you can find various websites which teach you a new language for free, and while you learn it, you can even start chatting with the people of that country. Now, how cool is that?

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6. Take up a course

We talked about learning a language, but if you are not into that, you can even find courses on the internet which can teach you whatever you are looking to learn. You can even get certification of learning from these websites. That not only passes your time but also improves your knowledge. Also, if you are not into learning anything formally, you can find informal lectures by creative people over YouTube. Not only on academic subjects, but you can also learn to play guitar, bake, and other DIY stuff.

7. Read comics

Reading comics is never old school. You can find the oldest to the latest kinds of comics on the internet. Again, the comics you read may or may not be paid, depending on where you look for them. Comics can help you spend your free time in reading them and maybe bring back your childhood days back in your mind. There are some internet-only comics published, and quite a few of them are creative, funny and smartly written. Do try to check them out.

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8. Play Flash games

And the games shall set you free! Set you free from the claws of boredom apparently. There are all sort of games on the internet, but if you want to play a mini game over your browser then playing flash games is not a bad option. These games are simple, creative and addictive. Regardless of your age, these games are forever interesting and will help you pass the time just fine.

So, these are a few activities that you can try out while you are on the internet. We suggest you try these along with exploring more options from a vast range of offerings provided by the web. And also, remember that there are many the scams you could encounter online (one of the most popular is the Binary Options Scam) and you need to be aware and protect your information from these scammers.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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