Hasn’t internet become a total necessity of our lives?
Without it, don’t you feel crippled?
I am sure you do.
If anyone shuts me in a room, even for an hour, anxiety will take a toll on my nerves. But, if the room has a pc or laptop and high speed internet, even 5 hours will pass without a hitch.
That’s how absorbing this technology is.
I agree that because of the flooding of intriguing and exciting social networking sites, online games, free video sites, etc. many people end up frittering away a lot of their precious time.
But, I argue, if you know how to use it to your benefit, it is one of the means that offer a splendid value for all your time and money.
Internet has all the resources that can better your personal and professional life with a meagre investment of time and money.
You only have to act smart!
Don’t fall in the trap of all those websites that’ll rarely make any difference in your life.
Spend some time learning a skill that you’ve always wanted to learn, learning some interesting yoga asanas, building your knowledge, augmenting your vocabulary, and engaging in discussions over topics that really matter.
Check out the following 19 spectacular websites that’ll make the time you spend on internet worth it.
Language learning has many great benefits. It opens your mind. It familiarizes you with a completely new culture. And, is a great cure for narrow-mindedness.
Duolingo is one of the most famous websites for language learners. It is a perfect way to start learning a language.
Memrise is among the best websites for enhancing your vocabulary. And not just your English vocabulary, but also it covers plenty of other languages from Spanish and Swedish to Dutch and Korean.
So, why not learn all those swanky new words and flaunt them while conversing with your friends and peers?
Also, if you are already using Duolingo, memrise can be a great complement.
How can I not mention it.
Youtube. The website that’s perceived to be a mere addiction can contribute a lot to your overall growth, if used wisely!
Instead of splurging your valuable time on random music videos, movies, and games subscribe to a youtube channel that teaches something productive and helpful.
For instance, you can subscribe to any of these great yoga youtube channels, and have a healthy body and soul. Youtube is inundated with videos on almost any subject that you’d choose to learn.
Make the best use of your time. Youtube is absolutely free of cost.
Thenewboston has a collection of computer and technology related tutorials.
They offer courses in programming, web design, video editing, game development, etc. They have a collection of over 7000 video tutorials. It is a great place to start learning Html, CSS, Java, and a lot more.
They started operating since 1984.
This brilliant website offers videos containing short (18 minutes or less) and powerful speeches by influencers from around the earth.
The website has covered almost every issue from politics to business and cinema to environment.
You must watch these most popular TED talks, and you’ll get a fair idea about the website.
While KA is a not for profit organization, Coursera operates for profit. It has collaborated with various universities and colleges so that their courses could be offered online. Remember- the courses available at Coursera are not free, but you’ll find the charges to be pretty rational. Also, the website provides financial aid to the candidates in need. Candidates seeking financial aid must fill up the specified form. And, if the authorities are satisfied with the authenticity of information, they’ll grant the aid.
Coursera offers MOOCs in varied streams such as Graphic Designing, Creative Writing, Web Development, Digital Marketing, Music and a great deal more.
Edx is another excellent platform to advance your skills. It is a non profit organization that offers variety of courses covering topics like English Grammar, Data Science, Digital Marketing, Academic Writing, Nutritional Science, and a lot more.
Most of the courses at Edx are free, if you’re not interested in having a verified certificate. For obtaining a verified certificate, you’ll need to pay a fee, which is not an unreasonable amount. Besides, the lectures are provided by teachers from some of the world’s most eminent universities like Harvard, UC Berkeley, The Smithsonian, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology
With this interesting website, you can design your own text posters, without the assistance of a designer. Though with canva anyone from anywhere can design a text poster, if you are somewhat creative and have a sense of designing, your product will look like one that’s been made by a pro.
You can use these posters to adorn your room, bathroom, kitchen, or for various other purposes.
‘The best answer to any question’ is their tagline that the website totally justifies.
I’ve been a frequent user of this website for over an year. At quora, you can ask any question.
Whether it’s sports, environment, academics, dancing, relationship, politics, or anything.
They have a huge community that is expanding every moment. If any one of the quorans finds your question interesting, they’ll answer it. You can also read related questions, and if you find people who are writing great answers, you can approach them to answer your question.
A lot of professionals are also frequently using the website. So, you’ll get an expert advice without spending a penny, isn’t that great?
Linkedin is certainly one of the most productive ways to spend your internet time. It helps you connect with people from your field. Also, you get the chance to connect with some of the really successful names in your industry.
Your Linkedin profile works like an online resume. Like in your resume, in your Linkedin profile you can vaunt all of your skills, internships, projects, and experiences. Potential employers can locate and analyse your profile at any time. So, you must, always, keep your profile updated.
Howstuffworks has a number of articles, podcasts, and videos on, as the name suggests, how stuff works.
They have covered almost every topic you could think of, and are adding new videos every day.
It is an excellent learning website that you must visit.
Google Street View lets you explore the streets from all across the world. While sitting on your office desk your mind and eyes can feel the tranquility of any idyllic destination. The places you’d always wished to visit, but rarely got the time and opportunity, you can travel all through the streets of them.
From pleasant Singapore to wintery London, GoogleMaps have covered almost every location.
MindTools provides you with various tools to help build essential career skills. They cover areas like leadership, communication, team management, and learning skills.
Also, they have a Youtube channel for the same purpose.
And, all of the information that MindTools provides you is absolutely free. So, why not spare your idle time with the website and learn something that leads to your personal and professional growth.
Project Gutenberg is a delightful stop for book lovers. The website, now, offers over 52 thousand ebooks. Almost all of the books that are not copyrighted are available on Gutenberg.
You can read the books on your smartphone, PC, or kindle.
Happy reading. 🙂
Goodreads is the world’s largest community of book lovers. You can review the books that you’ve read. You can learn about the books that others have read and reviewed.
Insightful reviews from readers from all across the world help you decide whether spending time on a particular book would be worthwhile or not.
Also, the website suggests the books according to your taste, on the basis of the books that you’ve marked as read and the topics that you’ve marked as interesting.
At goodreads, you can start a discussion over any topic regarding your favourite books. You can communicate with famous authors. You can also attempt interesting quizzes to check your knowledge of books.
This is a brain-strengthening website. The website has close to one million quizzes. They’ve covered almost any topic imaginable.
The website that helps you slide through facts like- ‘A malaysian women spent over a month in a box full of over 6000 scorpions. She only got stung 7 times.’
And something even more interesting like- ‘Wolverines are trained to find and rescue avalanche survivors, because they are naturally inclined to sniff out animals 20 feet below the snow and eat them.’
Learning such interesting facts is a great way to spend time and enhance knowledge, isn’t it?
As they have described themselves- ‘Zen Habits is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, find happiness.’
It is basically a blog that covers topics like: A Guide to Overcoming Procrastination & Finding Focus, and Two Ways to Form Habits Effortlessly.
I am sure you are well aware of it. But, do you know that anyone can be a writer or editor at Wikipedia?
Yes. You can contribute to this thriving knowledge imparting platform.
If you come across any minor or major mistake in any of the wiki articles, you can easily correct it. You can also edit the entire article, to make it better.
But, how is that productive?
In many ways.
Through editing or writing for Wikipedia you’ll serve knowledge seekers from around the world.
By sharing your knowledge, you’ll eventually enhance it.
Besides, through their network, you’ll get the opportunity to connect with other wiki editors from different divisions of the world.