According to this article on Webopedia cyberloafing is:
A “Slang term used to describe employees who surf the net, write e-mail or other Internet-elated activities at work that are not related to their job. These activities are performed during periods of time when they are being paid by their employer…”
Cyberloafing (also known as cyberslacking) gets a bump this time of the year on the Monday following daylight savings time. Research studies point to a big drop in productivity due to changes in sleep patterns.
Personally, I never cyberloaf… I merely research… eh..OK… I have to say that I do a lot of “research” on Mondays probably more so than I any other day of the week. Do you do the same…eh… research on Mondays? Is this your biggest day for “research”?
My list of the top cyberloaf Mondays in order:
- Firs Monday after a long Summer vacation (The brain is not functioning)
- First Monday after New Years Day (Still recovering. Whats work again?)
- First Monday after Spring break (Still recovering. Need more brain cells)
- First Monday after Spring Day Light Savings Time (Lose an hour of sleep!)
- First Monday after Fall DST change (Gain an hour of sleep!)
- Tuesday after Labor Day (It is technically a Monday)
- Tuesday after Memorial Day (See above)
Am I missing anything? Are these your same loafing days? My brain is not functioning right now. Too much sleep!
I guarantee that most of you will at some point today do the following:
- You will check your email
- You will check Facebook
- You will aimlessly surf the web
- You will watch some TV
- You will gab on the phone
Who wants to take me up on this? Anyone want to make a bet? Combined, this time-wastage can span hours. At a minimum it can eat up precious time in your day.
Is any of this advancing your cause? Helping others? Making the world a better place? If you are going to be selfish then at least be selfish in a more meaningful way. Go exercise!
The Anti-boredom workout
Turn off the TV and turn on the radio. Grab a stop watch or a timer.
Perform each of these exercises for 30 seconds without a break in between. Once done with all of the exercises you are allowed a two-minute break. Repeat this 4-6 times.
At least being selfish in this way will make you healthier and more energetic. A more energetic you is a happier you. A happier you is a world slightly better off.
Here is a quick tip on how to have a better day: do something about your stress. The simplest, easiest and bestest way to do this? Take 10 minutes right now and sit somewhere quiet where you won’t be interrupted and think about your dreams. Take out a pad and a pencil and jot down some ideas on ways you can achieve these dreams. Planning for your future often takes a backseat to more pressing concerns yet the desire to move closer to your dreams lurks in the back of your mind and adds to your stress when nothing is done about it.
If you have ever felt like you are on a hamster wheel, running around and getting nowhere then you know what I am talking about. You are running through life and too busy to do anything about the fact that you have been moving laterally and not forward. You know at some point you just have to stop running and step off the wheel. Do this now. Stop running, Sit back and reflect on your future and how you can make it brighter. A little moment like this will make your day a much better one. Trust me on this one!
Sitting at your computer hours on end and living a sedentary lifestyle is the “modern equivalent of eating too much steak and smoking cigarettes” as this article suggests. Can you imagine doing all three? People who smoke don’t really have active lifestyles do they? Throw in a high cholesterol diet and the death clock for these people starts spinning rapidly. No wonder heart disease is the number one killer in America. If you fit this category, please listen up!
IF YOU SMOKE DO YOURSELF AND YOUR LOVED ONES A FAVOR: STOP TODAY! (Why are you being so selfish?)
IF YOU INDULGE ON HIGH CHOLESTEROL FOOD, FATTY FOOD, FRIED FOOD – GO VEGAN FOR A DAY (or a week!)
IF YOU HAVE A JOB WHERE YOU SIT ON YOUR ARSE ALL DAY (jobs are hard to come by…) HEED THIS WARNING: Your body will mummify from the inside out if you go all day without moving. Your ticker will get used to a life of largesse and learn not to work so hard. A heart not working hard leads to a short life. Understand that your desk job is literally killing you.
During your breaks get up from the desk and instead of chatting by the water cooler hit the stairwell and get in as many flights as you can. During lunch go for a walk. During the course of the day try to encourage standing or walking meetings. Whenever you talk on the phone do so standing up versus sitting down. These little things will keep your heart in better shape and your bum less flabby. They may just extend your life a bit longer too. Your heart will thank me.