There are some days when I just don’t want to work.
Today is one of those days.
I can’t put my finger on why I lack motivation today but sitting at my desk seems to be making me very sleepy. It’s making me dream of being at home, snuggled up in bed without a care in the world. As I sit in front of my computer, I’m thinking of all the things I’d rather be doing than working…and that list is getting longer as the day goes on. While I can’t really escape to the countryside or fly off in a private jet, I’m left with several alternatives that allow my brain to keep busy while I wait for my motivation to return. My most recent time-consuming discovery is Sporcle. With thousands of free online trivia games, Sporcle keeps me on my toes and challenges me to recall useless facts that I didn’t even know that I knew. What better way to make the day go by quickly?
It’s amazing what information our brains retain (or don't!) when we’re all of a sudden challenged to remember the things we learned in school or from watching TV. I thought I knew all the words to Adam Sandler’s The Chanukah Song but put me under a time limit, ask me to list everyone The Cable Guy sings about and suddenly I can’t guess who eats together at the Carnegie Deli (Bowzer from Sha Na Na and Arthur Fonzerrelli in case you were wondering…). These mentally stimulating diversions not only give me something to take my mind off the work I don’t want to be doing, but they surprising teach me quite a bit about trivia that I thought I knew… or never knew I wanted to know. Like 3 letter body parts. Easy, right? Sure, until the two minute time limit is ticking down much faster than I can think of my ribs or my jaw. Suddenly my confidence in my intelligence has me second guessing how smart I really am. Luckily, with so many different categories, I’m bound to get a perfect score somewhere on Sporcle. US States maybe? Corporate logos? Okay, so it may not be the most intellectual distraction but it sure is better for my bank account than the online shopping I’m trying not to do!
What do you do when you’re bored?