5 unlikely but effective ways to refresh your creative energy online

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Forget angry birds, angry bosses, counting likes, and chain smoking by the dumpster. You need to relax, and you need it now, so you have to make the most of that break… in front of your computer. Believe it or not it is doable. That break might actually prove quite productive in ways that have never crossed your mind. Below you’ll find some suggestions:

1. Get some Headspace

It’s compulsory. That’s what a break should be. In this mad, against the clock world, 10 minutes of guided meditation can actually work miracles and make that busy schedule much lighter. But I will not explain meditation and mindfulness to you now, because Headspace does it so much better. Their videos and graphics can soften the most reluctant mind, and train the busiest person. Basically, Headspace is on a mission to get as many people in the world as possible to take 10 minutes out of their day, to practice a simple and easy-to-learn meditation technique. The benefits of mediation can impact so many areas of our physical and mental well-being – from calm and clarity to health, habits and even our relationships. It’s an endless list. Over time meditation can even change the structure of the brain to help us cope rather better with life. Now, it sounds like a plan to me.

2. Practice your foreign language skills at Duolingo

This is a global community of language learners that comes together with an open mind and attitude. It has been dubbed the best way to procrastinate online. Why ‘best’? Because this platform helps you learn a new language for free without even… noticing. You don’t have to pay fees, or deal with ads. It’s like getting a college-quality education without the pricetag. And it’s ‘on the go’, which means you can make your breaks and commutes more productive with their iPhone and Android apps. It’s pretty much like a productive game. If somebody needs a webpage translated uploads it to Duolingo. That document then gets presented to Duolingo students who can translate it in order to practice the language they are learning. Warning: don’t overshare. Just translate.

3. Play a round or two at Caesars Casino

Of course you have no time to head to Atlantic City, so get your thrills online. Caesars Casino is a place where you can be your own pit boss and play world-class online casino games anytime, straight in the web browser of your choice. You don’t need to download anything, and there is no software required. Relaxed already? You have a large array of Blackjack, Roulette, Slots, Video Poker, Table Games and Big Jackpot slots. Talking about thrills, you can actually betting with real money, and winning real cash prizes. You can actually cash out quickly and easily from the Caesars Casino Cashier, via Bank Transfer, USPS Check or the Caesars Atlantic City cage. Oh, and you’ll get $10 free when you sign up for an account. Start spinning the slots without having to deposit a cent into your bankroll! Let the games begin!

4. Find influencers with Buzzsumo

This one helps you analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor. It’s a bit like spying on your favorite blogs, taking a peek at their most popular posts on Facebook, for instance. Buzzsumo is also a great place to see which topics related to your business get the most attention, so it encourages you to do more of what works. With the kind of insight that it gives, this is quite an useful tool for content marketing and SEO campaigns. And productive spying can be relaxing too, as you get to answer those annoyingly topical questions: “How do I know what content my audience will love to read and share?” & “How can I find the influencers that can help amplify that content after I’ve written it?”

5. Time-travel with Shorpy

A vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s is a great opportunity to explore the world as it was 100+ years ago. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived a century ago. From skyscrapers to the Great Depression, you can find pretty much everything in here. Nicely listed and carefully curated, this collection can easily replace a visit to a museum. A bit of history in HD never hurt anybody. It’s a great way to let your mind wander and… wonder. Who said there’s no such thing as time travel? Can’t get enough time-travel? Try Retronaut as well.

 6. Identify what templates are your favorite websites using with WhatTheme

WhatTheme is a new service that detects WordPress, Ghost and Shopify templates, even if the site is not using a commercial theme, by using a complex algorithm built on different layers (by analyzing the code, design, content and context of each website). It’s been dubbed the theme detective and while you want to get away from work for a minute you might actually find the perfect theme for your next pet project.

Catalin is the founder of Mostash - a social marketing boutique - and he's always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.
  • Hi, several of the sites listed are spelled wrong (just a heads up).

  • la-la-la

    “dulingo” is supposed to be “duolingo.”

    Thanks! ^_^