Editorial Assistant’s Note: Hey. I wasn’t supposed to write this, but my boss decided to blow off work and take a Summer Friday… in Bermuda. “Summer Fridays can be more than just a long lunch -- I’m going to an island,” is what she told me right before she hopped a cab to the Delta Terminal, leaving me here to write a piece about, of all things, Summer Fridays. Is that ironic? I don’t know, I’m just an Editorial Assistant. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this story as much as she’s enjoying herself.
At a certain point in the week, most people start to give up on being productive. This usually occurs sometime on a beautiful Friday during the summer, when (just a suggestion) you should really have a half day. But don’t feel too bad about taking a break to browse the internet -- breaks make for more effective workers after all. With that in mind, here are our top websites for killing some time on what SHOULD be a Summer Friday:
Streaming TV (secretly)
If you’re lucky enough to have your own streaming TV login and aren’t just mooching off your old roommate’s, you can always login at work. This one will require some subtlety, since you can’t really get away with straight-up bingeing ‘90s sitcoms when you should be updating spreadsheets. But with a bit of resizing browser screens and repositioning, you’ll be able to hammer out an entire season before you know it.
Recipe video sites
Sure, they may endlessly clog your newsfeed, but these suckers are here to stay. Whittle away the hours left before you can head home by indulging in an endless series of recipe videos. Protip: we make the best ones. You, too, can envision yourself making cheesy jalapeño bread (and then totally never end up doing it.)
Websites that give the illusion that you are actually working
If the internet has given us anything, it’s a zillion ways to procrastinate at work while not getting in trouble. It turns out there’s a whole suite of websites designed to make whatever you’re browsing look like work. If you’re a coder, check out CodeReddit, which serves up Reddit disguised as code. Or try the brilliant CantYouSeeImBusy, a collection of flash games that look like excel spreadsheets, quarterly reports, and the like.