The internet is awesome, but how many of us actually make the most of the opportunities the online world can afford us? Beyond your Facebook addiction and penchant for funny cat videos (or perhaps that's just us), there are many other things you can do online, some of which will actively enhance your life.
Such as? Well….
You could pick up some new skills
Have you ever wanted to play the piano? You don't need to spend a fortune on offline tuition, playing Chopsticks ad infinitum until your fingers start to hurt. There are tutorials available online, including the website Piano in 21 Days that yes, promises to teach you to play the piano in 21 days! Or what about cooking? If you're reliant on junk foods and takeaway meals, then why not check out the many recipe sites online for some helpful cookery tips? Check out these cooking sites for beginners, as examples. And there are thousands of other websites available that are skill-specific, so think about what you want to learn, and then do a Google search.
You can make money
Are you looking for a side income? Then you could profit from a blog, make money doing online surveys, or sell products you have made yourself on Amazon, eBay, or through your own e-commerce site. These are just a few ideas; do a Google search for more. You might start your own business too, perhaps as a writer advertising your services on sites such as these, or by offering skill-based tutorials to others using Skype as a means to communicate with clients interested in your services. And if you are sick and tired of the clutter that is accumulating in your home, then you could sell anything surplus to requirements on sites such as Craigslist and eBid. We have only touched the tip of the money-making iceberg, so explore your options by making Google searches to find out more.
You can develop your worldviews
Do you want to impress your guests at your next dinner party? Then develop your opinions on the world, so you have more to talk about than celebrity gossip and neighbourhood tittle-tattle. Of course, developing your worldviews is about more than having something to impress others, as you will educate yourself and give yourself a more learned perspective on the world around you. So, stream any topics that you might be interested in on TedTalks, or download books, white papers, and case studies on sites such as KnowFree. Check YouTube too, going beyond funny cat videos to search for videos on topics that you might want to develop an interest in.
You could gain a qualification
Are you looking to get a promotion? Do you want a change of career? Then take the necessary courses that are needed to get you to where you want to be! You don't need to go back to school, either, especially if that dusty smell of your old school corridors still gives you nightmares, as there are thousands of e-learning courses online. From basic skills courses to Masters degrees, you can study and learn from the comfort of your own home. Just think about your specific needs, and do a Google search. You are bound to found something that will benefit your life and career.
Okay, so Facebook is awesome, and cat videos are hilarious, but you can do more with your time. Consider our suggestions then, and bookmark a few websites that you can later return to in order to productively spend your time and enhance your life. Let us know too if there are any websites that you recommend or any ways to spend time online that we haven't discussed here.
Take care, and thanks for reading!