17 Ways To Procrastinate At Work Without Getting Caught
Procrastination: the professional edition.
Transform Facebook into a spreadsheet.
Link up your Facebook account and it'll be loaded onto a page that looks just like a spreadsheet. Link
Look like you're checking emails while browsing Reddit.
Reddit DISGUISED AS OUTLOOK. This website has hooked up a page that transforms Reddit into an Outlook-style format, so you can browse safely. Genius. Link
Get around internet blocks by requesting web pages via email.
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If your office has blocked certain sites, or worse still, all internet aside from email (it happens), get around it with a web page to email service. Ping a message to email@example.com with the web page you want to look at, and it'll be in your inbox within a few minutes.
Fake that you're busy with "hardworking"
Sound Busy and you'll find audio clips (like typing and phones ringing) that will trick your boss into thinking you're working.
Create a decoy screen.
Next time you're installing or updating something, take a screengrab and set it as your background. Then, when you leave your desk, people will think you're just waiting for the installation to finish!
Disguise your Twitter addiction with
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SpreadTweet turns Twitter into a spreadsheet. Just make sure your manager doesn't follow you on Twitter. Download it
Do the Browser Slide.
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The laziest way to quickly hide windows is to literally just grab the title bar and 'throw' it to the side or bottom of your computer.
Cover your tracks with incognito mode.
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Use incognito windows to prevent anyone from checking up on your search history.
Twitter blocked? Tweet via email!
This has the added bonus of making tweeting look like you're sending emails too. Just login to
Tweetymail.com and link your email address to get started!
Quickly hide naughty websites with keyboard shortcuts.
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keyboard shortcuts to hide certain programs. Then when you're browsing you can hit a key of your choice to instantly minimise them!
Turn checking emails into a game.
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There's a website that gamifies clearing your inbox, and it is awesome. Check it out
This website has three games disguised as things that look like work. There's a graph that is actually a rocket ship game, a text document version of
Breakout, and a bar graph elimination game.
A guessing game using Google Maps, where you're dropped into a random location and have to guess where you are. If anyone asks, you're just trying to find directions for your next meeting (that happens to be in Tokyo)...
Exit programs quickly with a virtual
Don't Panic button.
This program will completely get rid of specific windows as soon as you click the “Don’t Panic!” button. Only use in extreme situations though – it sadly won't save your work before it closes them!
Or get a real-life panic button with
The ultimate gadget to hide windows quickly, you keep this on the floor and whenever your boss walks by, just tap it and it’ll instantly minimise any sites or apps you’ve programmed. And you'll feel like a spy every time you use it too.
Get a spare wallet and coat.
Oh, where are you? No one knows, but you can't have gone too far – you left your wallet and coat at your desk! Probably just in a meeting ;) ;)
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