The Top 10 Best Websites to Waste Time On When Your Brain Needs A Break

The Top 10 Best Websites to Waste Time On When Your Brain Needs A Break

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Need a break? Looking for the best websites to waste time on? You've come to the right place. Here are the top 10 worth wasting your time.


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Everyone needs a break, especially now, with COVID-19 pressing us into homestays, pivoting our businesses, and watching to the 24-hour news cycle unfold.

I'll acknowledge we spend a lot of time on this website, helping you with procrastination, business project planning, and dare I say how to stop time-killing activities.

Let's be real: now's the time to take a break.

If you're going to waste some time, you might as well be wasting it on fun, stress-reducing websites to waste time on that won't break your pocketbook.

A few time-wasting tips:

  • Be mindful and present — acknowledge you're taking a break
  • Set a timer so you're not falling down a 4-hour rabbit hole
  • Make it treat (or a reward for achieving a goal) so you look forward to it (and enjoy it more!)
  • If you think you might be wasting too much time download our Social Media Detox 7-day reflective journal.

The criteria I used to develop this list:

  • Free to use
  • Fun, or engaging, or both.
  • Unique experiences (that's why you won't find Lifehacker, Mashable, Oatmeal or the Onion on this list).

Here are my top 10 websites to waste time on:

Dress David Rose by Lynn Fisher.
Dress David Rose by Lynn Fisher.

1. Are you a Schitt's Creek fan? Dress David Rose!

If you are, then you know that David Rose wears the most ridiculous (and fun!) outfits. All. The. Time.

Where do they find those clothes, anyway?

Now you can dress David in your favorite Schitt's Creek outfit.

Lynn Fisher built a site where you can dress David in your favorite outfit(s) from every season/episode.

Caution: may consume several hours.

Track playful dolphins (like these) in the wild. Photo by Ranae Smith / Unsplash
Track playful dolphins (like these) in the wild. Photo by Ranae Smith / Unsplash

2. Track Flipper, Jaws, Yurtle, & Willy Online

Wouldn't it be cool if you could track dolphins, sharks, turtles, and whales online? Well, now you can.

OCEARCH is an online tracker of sea life. According to OCEARCH, their mission is "to accelerate the ocean's return to balance and abundance, through fearless innovations in scientific research, education, outreach and to develop policy, using unique collaborations of individuals & organizations in the U.S. and abroad."

I don't know precisely how they do it, but OCEARCH allows you to track the movements of sea life and learn amazing details such as the type of shark, it's gender, length, and weight.

Seriously, a whole website devoted to tracking sea life? YES PLEASE.

Trail marker for the Oregon Trail / California Trail in the vicinity of Soda Springs, Idaho. This lush valley provided a brief respite for weary travelers and wagon trains who walked to west coast destinations westward from the Mississippi River in the era before railroads. The bear river now fills a small lake which covers the lowest area of the valley floor. Nearby in Soda Springs, Idaho, early travelers sampled natural carbonated waters from a spring, often comparing it unfavorably in taste to beer. Just beyond the dark point in the mountain seen in the distance, the California Trail split.
Waste time playing the "You've died of dysentery" Oregon Trail game. Photo by Danny Grizzle / Unsplash

3. Hit the Oregon Trail — Yes, THAT Game is Available on Your Browser

Hands-down one of the most popular educational video games from the 1980s and '90s was The Oregon Trail.

It's even in the video game hall of fame.

The basic premise of the game is that you're in a covered wagon traveling from Missouri to the Willamette Valley.

Along the way, you answer questions and make decisions to determine your fate.

Will you reach your final destination?.

It's free, and you don't need to download anything. You're welcome.

If you can't get enough of the '90s, head over to My 90s TV, your one-stop-shop for TV clips from the 1990s.

You'll find cartoons, game shows, commercials, music — you name it — a fun romp down memory lane. Pool Suite will quench your '80s cravings.

Take a break from your website and scrolling social and hit the truly useless web.
Take a break from your website and scrolling social and hit the truly useless web. Photo by Rodion Kutsaev / Unsplash

4. The Useless Web. Someone who's done all the work for you.

The Useless Web is what it sounds like, a website devoted to directing you to the most indescribably useless and head-scratching (and fun!) websites to waste time on.

And something that you've never seen before.

I appreciate it. And, I wonder who has the time for this?.

Click the PLEASE button to find gems like corndog.io, alwaysjudgeabookbyitscover.com and trypap.com (the passive-aggressive password machine).

The Useless Web appears to have a sister site called Sell Me Something Weird or Confusing.

I clicked the PLEASE button and went to an eBay site selling "Play Visions 450 Nose Aerobics Basketball Glasses Game." Yeah. So there's that.

caterpillar
Hang out with Rave Worm, the worm that moves with you. Photo by Erik Karits / Unsplash

You move your mouse, the worm moves with you.

There's not much to it.

Seriously, that's it.

And yet, somehow it grabs your attention.

Warning: This page does include flashing images, so be careful!

Thank you, Staggering Beauty.

cute boston terrier
Whether you have a pet or not, cute animals can be the cutest distraction. Photo by Kindred Hues Photography / Unsplash

6. When Cute Animals Attack! (Warning: Cuteness Overload)

Attack of the Cute (Pinterest Board) will give you your fill of amazingly cute animals.

Pages and pages of photos of cute animals — so much stress relief in one place you might not ever leave. (At some point ya gotta because a girl has to eat!)

For a ridiculous break, try Cat Bounce (spice it up by clicking on 'make it rain').

Reading in a meadow
If reading a good book is your thing, keep reading below. Photo by Ben White / Unsplash

7. Book-Lovers Paradise

Book nerds, I got you (probably because I'm one of you!).

OnRead. Get access to 1,500,000 free books, includes book exchanges and uploads.

Project Gutenberg offers 61,575 free ebooks to download.

Don't forget your local libraries also offer ebooks now.

If you want to read fascinating, unique articles, head over to Brain Pickings. Nothing will kill your boredom quicker than the fact-filled stories on this blog.

Guitar behind his back
Photo by Alexandre St-Louis / Unsplash

8. Did Your Favorite Band Break-up? Find Similar Tunes

One of the biggest bummers is when your favorite band breaks up or retires — especially if you're like me and tend to listen to off-the-wall bands.

Enter LivePlasma. Enter the name of the band and click search.

You'll see a map of related groups.

Click on the artist(s) you're interested in learning more about, and you can listen to a sample track.

This site is a great way to learn about music you likely wouldn't have come into contact with before.

Happy woman watching TV and eats popcorn at night
When you're not sure what to stream this site can help you. Photo by JESHOOTS.COM / Unsplash

9. This Website Might Help You *Save* Time Streaming Movies

If you're like me, you spend a lot of time searching for good movies to watch — on Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc.

I think my phone has "new movies on Netflix [month] [year]" permanently etched into its history.

Then, we spend God knows how long trying to figure out if those websites to waste time on are accurate.

Next time you're looking for an excellent movie to watch, go to, you guessed it, A Good Movie to Watch.

Sort by the channels you have (e.g., Netflix, HBO, Amazon, Apple, etc.), and then read through synopses and ratings to find the film that matches your interests.

You *could* get lost in all the titles, unless your husband is waiting impatiently (that happens over here All. The. Time.).

African American woman and man cooking
Supercook helps you cook with the ingredients you already have at home. Photo by Jimmy Dean / Unsplash

10. Make a Great Meal with What You Have At Home

Do you ever open the fridge and think, "I have a lot of food, but nothing I can make with it all?" I found just the thing for you.

When you're stuck at home and can't get out, Supercook provides you with recipes using the ingredients you already have at home.






Jen McFarland

Obsessed with creating solutions that help businesses make exceptional decisions faster. Marketing pro. Leadership nerd. Project innovator. CoFounder, Epiphany Courses. Women Conquer Business Founder.


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