Monday, 11 August 2014

7 Ways to Be Productive When the Internet Is Down

Sometimes the Internet goes down. AHHHHHHHHH!!!!

Get it together.

When this happens, it doesn’t mean the world is ending (probably); everything will be up and running again soon (hopefully). But what to do in the meantime? How can I possibly get anything done without email, Buzzfeed and Gchat????

I’m here to tell you, friends, it is possible to be productive without the Internet and here are just a few of my favorite ways:

1.     Breathe

Quick! Now’s your chance! While nobody’s looking and everybody’s clicking refresh refresh refresh on their browsers, you’ll be the one seizing the opportunity to just plain max chillax for a sec. I read somewhere once (on the Internet, so there’s no way of verifying right now…) that max chillaxing directly correlates to higher productivity.

2.     Write a blog post

What better time than when all the distractions of the world have been ripped from your fingertips than to take pen to paper (or pixels to computer) and formulate some coherent thoughts! Sure, you won’t be able to search for the perfect GIF to accompany each of your finer points, but you will have the peace and tranquility to verbally work some things out and potentially even say something interesting you weren’t bothering to say before because you didn’t want to take the time! What a blessing!

3.     Organize your files

Stock footage, old client files, your computer’s desktop… Get it together. Make it make sense. And while you’re at it, clear out those 40 ketchup packets you keep in your desk “just in case”. There’s always ketchup. There will always be ketchup. You look desperate, and everyone in the office thinks so.

4.     Update your To-Do list

When the Internet returns, you’ll want to hit the ground running, right? So, do that.

5.     Check in with teammates

There are always conversations we want to have or should have in person that we put off because meetings are time consuming. Welp, looks like you’ve got the time. You’ll be glad you did.

6.     File those expenses!

You know those receipts that are crumpled up in a pile in your desk/in your car/in your wallet/in your pants? You’re supposed to do something with those. Sure, it’s not the most fun activity, which is why you put it off until now, but think of filing your expenses as a trip down memory lane where you get to recall each and every opportunity you spent someone else’s money! Now that’s some good old fashioned 9 to 5 fun right there.

7.     Use your cellphone.

Let’s get real. There’s an app for everything you need to do right now. It’s 2014.  Get back to work.

What do you do when the Internet goes down: head straight to Freak Out City or maintain your productivity flow? Share with us your tips below, because honestly, we’ve forgotten what life without Internet is like and could all use a few reminders of how it’s possible to soldier on without it.

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