Look busy at work without actually doing anything. Here are some sites that let you browse Reddit, play 2048 or even go for a walk without your boss thinking you’re a slacker.
A long time ago we showed you how to hide your web surfing from the boss. Many of those links no longer work, but I’m happy to report there has been great strides in the field of not working since then. Let’s go over a few, shall we?
Make Reddit Look Like Work
Reddit is the ultimate time-wasting site, something bosses everywhere are catching onto. If they see the Reddit logo on your screen, they’ll assume you’re slacking – which makes you look bad.
You know what does look like work, though? Microsoft Outlook. Looking at email constantly isn’t productive, but a lot of people think it is. If your boss is one of them, MSOutlookit is a must-have slacking tool.
Browse to your heart’s content, knowing that anyone who walks by will think you’re powering through your emails. Pictures are embedded, as are comments.
Of course, you can’t spend all day on email – sometimes it should look like you’re writing that important report. That’s where MS Worddit comes in.
The filler text is kind of weird, but does the job: it’s hard to spot this as Reddit from a distance. Loading comments and non-image embeds can be slow, but for quickly going through links this works well.
Programmers rarely open Word or Outlook at work – which is where CodeReddit comes in. This makes Reddit’s front page look like that very important script you’re supposed to be working on.
There are other ways to hide your Internet use at work, but I’m not sure I’ve seen anything more convincing than the sites above.
Play Games That Look Like Microsoft Office
Browsing Reddit is fun, but after a few hours you’ve read everything on the Internet. Wouldn’t you rather be playing a game?
Lucky for you, some genius on Reddit made a version of 2048 that runs in an actual Excel Spreadsheet. We’ve seen a lot of 2048 variations, but nothing quite like this.
This doesn’t just look like it’s an Excel spreadsheet: it actually is one. You’ll need to turn on macros, obviously, but once you do a small segment of the spreadsheet on your screen is actually a game.
You can edit the rest of the spreadsheet to make it more relevant to your work, if need be.
Not a fan of 2048? Threes, the game it copied, is a lot better – but you can’t play that at your desk. If you want more choice, Can’t You See I’m Busy offers a variety of games that look like you’re working.
For example: there’s a version of Bejeweled that looks like you’re organizing your schedule in Excel.
Check out this whole collection, there’s a variety of casual games there.
Make Your Computer Look Like It’s Updating
Sometimes you’re going to want to leave your desk, but this too is frowned upon by bosses who insist you do your job during working hours. But what if your computer is updating? It’s perfectly understandable to not be working then.
Which brings us to MyProgressBar [No Longer Available], a site that specializes in making your computer look like it’s installing updates. Just pick your OS, and the length of the break you’d like to take.
Click “Generate” and the fake updates will begin!
Fake Windows Update Screens offers a similar service, as well as a modern OS X update screen.
Speaking of OS X: if you’re a Mac user who works in audio or video production, you should also check out Corporate Avoidance. Similar to the above services, this site makes it look as though your media is exporting.
Between these three services you’ll have plenty of reasons to not be at your desk right now, so what are you still doing here?
Find More Work-Safe Distractions!
With the above links you’ll be a procrastination ninja in no time, but there’s more out there. The Reddit community USFW (Ultra Safe For Work) is starting to compile the best methods – I owe them thanks for pointing out a few of the things above.
But I’m sure you guys can think of even more.
Office dwellers: how do you avoid work, at work, without being too obvious? Share your best tricks in the comments below.
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