“What do you do 24*7 with your phone, don’t you have some work to do?”
No, I’m not on my way to another lecture, but we all are familiar with people chiding us for wasting our time on the internet, but is it really a waste of time when we are doing something useful through internet? I guess not. There are countless sites and apps that help us do something useful and new. In fact majority of us tend to learn something on YouTube rather than spending our money.
When they say that science is both a blessing and a curse, I think they mean it for internet too. Internet has become such an integral part of our life that we cannot spend a day without it, whether it be for our entertainment like useless surfing on social media sites or for studying. But if the modern man is blessed with such a miracle, why not use the magic spells properly? So here some productive ways of using the internet.
12. Read books
Welcome to the world of internet where there is something for everyone, so even if you are not a nerdy bookish person, you will find something good to read. There are a plethora of options for reading anything online. You can read fiction, thriller, children’s books, love stories, autobiography, biography, books related to business and finance and even your educational books. From old classics to modern technology guide books, internet is the virtual library. There are many sites that offer great deals on books and most of them are free. There are sites like bookbub, project Gutenberg, internet archive, google books, Scribd, wattpad, readanybook.com, ReadPrint, Free ebooks, Manybooks, The Literature Network etc. This sites provide you access to a large amount of different types of books. You can even read comic books on internet at readcomics.tv. You can also track your book reading success through Goodreads, which is a great site to find, share, review and recommend books. So, grab a cup of coffee and be ready to spend time online by reading books.
Internet has upgraded the definition of Everything at your place and online shopping is an example of that. It is an actual paradise for people whose favorite past time are surfing on internet and buying for themselves. There are many advantageous things about shopping through internet like you can buy anything from groceries to furniture in a fraction of a second. You can buy things discreetly. You can also buy things in a cheaper way through various comparison shopping engines like shopsmart.com, google shopping, price grabber, retailmenot etc.
If Knowledge is power, then internet is the ultimate powerhouse. We may not be budding scholars, politicians or scientists, but some amount of general knowledge and awareness about the world is a prerequisite necessity nowadays. The need to be updated about recent happenings and events is vital for keeping up with this fast-paced environment. There are many websites and applications that improves our knowledge. There is Quora, that answers each and every question that you want to know and also gives you the chance to answer other questions. There are applications like Times of India and The Guardian that supply daily news to us. There is also inshorts, an app which spreads news in precise and brief sentences rather than big paragraphs. There is a website called opencongress for daily political news. In fact, twitter er is also a great platform to learn about recent events. There is gktoday.in that provides great quizzes on current affairs of India. So instead of surfing on Facebook or Instagram, browse through the daily news to gain knowledge for free.
Ever wondered where your money goes? Ever felt like it vanishes faster than you earn? If yes, then you need a money manager to track all your monetary earnings and transactions so that you feel control over the money you earn. There are many websites and applications that help you maintain and improve your financial life. The most popular site is mint.com that enables you to track your money, pay your bills, track your investments and overall net worth. There is CountAbout that
tracks our detailed budgeting and expenses, it automatically download transactions, customizes your spending and saving categories, easily import Quicken, Quicken for Mac and Mint data and ensures no advertising, hidden fees, or forced upgrade charges. So, stop fretting about your money problems and start digital cashless transactions to make your financial handling more easy, secure and smart.
The Internet, as big as it is, can cause a lot of mess. But a rewarding way to use internet is to clear the mess created by it and thus avail yourself with its miracles properly. The two most important way to be organized on internet is through emails and social media sites. Log in to your Gmail account and reply to all the messages that have cluttered on your inbox since forever. Then synchronize your social media profiles. One great way to bmdo that would be using a service called IFTTT. (If this then that). This popular app have various features. It keep your profile pictures in sync, share Instagram photos as native photos on twitter and it shares new link that you post on Facebook to twitter. It basically manages all your social media sites together, it unites our favorite services to create new experiences. Over 400 apps work with IFTTT including Twitter, Telegram, Google Drive, Twitch, Weather Underground, Instagram, Gmail, and devices like Google Home, Amazon Alexa, Nest, Philips Hue, and your Android. So get online and remove the social media clutter.
7. Job hunt
Building an online professional life is very important nowadays because if you are not online then you probably do not exist. You can find great platforms that help you look for better job prospects and opportunities. There is LinkedIn that helps you to build your professional network by connecting with people in your field who know where you might be able to get good work. Job search engine Indeed is a meta-search engine that scours job sites, newspapers, and company career pages for jobs.
6. Something new
Join Pinterest and explore a new hobby. Search in coursera.com for any course that you want to learn from art, dance, music, design, to science, business, marketing and much more. Study online through khanacademy for free. Improve your English through Merriam-Webster online. Try to upgrade your memory by playing fun brain games at Lumosity. Learn how to code at codeacademy. Cook new recipes by the help of Cooklet. Build your vocabulary at vocabulary.com. The list to hone your skills through internet is endless as it provides a station for every learner. If you possess the zeal and enthusiasm to learn something new then internet is always there for you as your virtual guide.
5. Learn life skills
We may become successful in our lives, but there are hundreds of simple and necessary things that we may not know how to do like changing a tire, cooking a meal or sewing a button on the shirt. And considering how much time we spend on internet, it becomes our ultimate emergency savoir. Lifehacker is an award winning daily blog that features tips, shortcuts and downloads that help is to get things done smarter and more efficiently. There is also sites like Howstuffworks and Howtodothings that provides basic instructions on everyday activities. Then there is WikiHow, the world’s largest, highest quality how-to-manual.
4. Watch a Ted talk
“On street corners everywhere, people are looking at their cell phones, and it’s easy to dismiss this as some sort of bad trend in human culture. But the truth is, life is being lived there.” —Ze Frank
“My idea of a perfect world really can’t be designed by one person or even by a million experts. It’s going to be 7 billion pairs of hands, each following their own passions.” —Jay Silver
“People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” —Simon Sinek.
This are some of the great quotes by famous people who can motivate and inspire us through the power of their words and the enigma of their personalities. Watch one of this videos and be inspired enough to make a difference.
3. World tour
Google street view. Three words. Whole world. This application is one of the best of google. It lets you explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, restaurants, and small businesses. You can also create photo spheres to add your own Street View experiences. You can start with your phone’s camera or add a one–shot spherical camera for easy 360º photography. It helps you to roam around the world freely to de-stress yourself and also helps you to plan your next dream vacation.
2. Earn Money
If you can spend money on internet, you can can also make money through internet. There are loads of choices for earning money online, all you need to do is be creative and attentive, you need to take the job as seriously as a real job and be efficient enough to grab the best opportunity and present the best work. You can earn money be selling photos through Shutterstock and iStockPhoto, you can sell old products on olx and quickr, you can rent your home on AirBnB, you can blog for different companies, you can also start vlogging and can earn money through the number of views on your video, you can start your own online business and promote it through various social media sites. You can write an eBook, create an app, drive for uber, answer professional questions on justanswer, you can use shopify to build your own online store etc. Just find what you need to do and be ready increase your bank balance.
1. Help people
You can help people on internet in various ways. There are sites like 7cups which help people by listening to them. It is a consultation therapy application where you can solve your problems by talking to therapist or you can also participate in helping people by listening to their problems. Then there is Freerice.com where you can solve quiz and help to feed people for every right answer. You can donate your old clothes, books and other things at sites like cry and giveindia. So connect online and spread smile and happiness.