American? Here Are 4 Ways To Pretend You Are Working At Work


We all know Americans are great at wasting time at work. Just look at this fascinating account of how German workers do more in less time per week than almost any culture.

So maybe what American workers need is more discrete ways to waste time, to avoid lectures from our teutonic colleagues?

Here are some hacks to stay out of the firing line:

1. Check Facebook through a Spreadsheet interface. 


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It looks as boring as the finance department, but after you log into with your Facebook ID, you get a nice spreadsheet on the screen…full of your favorite news items and brag-posts and all the other jabber that makes Facebook fun.

2. Look like a super coder as your fingers dance across the keyboard.


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So the boss stops by your neighbors desk, want to impress the heck out of ’em? Pop over to HackerTyper and just type whatever. On screen you’ll see a glittering stream of beautifully structured source code, growing as you tap away. Look like Linus Torvalds, then hit the boss key if the boss man wants to talk mano-a-mano.

3. If you’re in the writing department, there’s this prose machine

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Just fly along on any topic with semi-coherent prose. Above you can see a philosophy paper we cranked out in a few seconds. Basically anything Wikipedia has articles about you can make look like your own Word Doc creation using EssayTyper

4. The granddaddy of time wasting productivity hacks — meetings!



Horn your way into any big old convocation and say “It’s really important that I be here. I need to get up to speed on this.” Then just tune into meditation mode or do the old “I’m taking notes” and surf away on your phone or laptop. (Phone may be more discrete.) Or if meetings a really too boring to sit through, you could just cancel the ones where you are expected and try using something like Knotable, so you can do the meeting from the bus ride home.

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