When your Wi-Fi suddenly stops working, it might seem like the end of the world. After all, the Internet is an irreplaceable treasure trove of useful information, social interaction, and cat videos.
But these days, everyone's so plugged in, it's almost a blessing when your Wi-Fi decides to take a break. By unplugging — even just for a few minutes — you give yourself the opportunity to focus inward and actually interact with the "real" world. (Remember that place?)
And while you wait for your router to snap back into action, you might as well make your life a little easier by doing these 11 easy and productive activities:
1. Make your bed.
Nothing makes your room magically look 1,000 percent cleaner than making your bed. Not only is it a quick and relatively easy way to tidy up, but it's a fairly active one, too (even without the fancy flips).
2. Clean out your email inbox.
Most people have at least one or two unnecessary emails in their inbox. Many people have hundreds. Either way, everyone can benefit from a little digital spring cleaning. To delete emails sans Internet, use your phone or, even better, a desktop mail extension like Apple's Mail or Microsoft's Outlook.
3. Get a glass of water.
This activity might seem so simple it should go without saying, but the fact is that most people don't drink enough water. The average person should consume a minimum of 64 ounces a day, so get up and get hydrated. Your body will thank you later.
Maybe it's time to take a deep breath — and a chill pill. Seriously, though, a few seconds is all you need to calm yourself and clear your mind ... before filling it with everything the Internet has to offer.
5. Bring all the cups and bowls lying around your room into the kitchen.
Yes, carrying a mountain of dishes you've been hoarding for the past week the 20 steps from your bedroom to your kitchen is the real walk of shame, but it'll be worth it to get rid of some clutter.
6. Do the dishes.
Well, since you're in the kitchen anyway, why not take a few minutes to wash those dishes or at least put them in the dishwasher? Your sink will thank you, even if no one else does.
Do something simple like squats, pushups, or crunches while waiting for your Wi-Fi to get its act together. If you're feeling really ambitious, and have the floor space, you can even burpee to pass the time.
8. Make a schedule and/or "to do" list.
If you have a planner, use this time to look into your next week and write down upcoming work projects, appointments, meetings with friends, etc. If you don't, grab a piece of scrap paper and begin a "to do" list.
9. Call your parents and/or grandparents.
No matter how long the conversation lasts, they'll always appreciate the fact that you were thinking of them.
10. Have a one-minute dance party.
As James Brown said, "Get up offa that thing and shake it, you'll feel better." You'll instantly blow off some of that why-is-Wi-Fi-still-not-working steam when you bust a move.
11. Go outside.
Even if this just means going to the local coffee shop to use their free Wi-Fi, getting out of the house is a simple way to feel refreshed and renewed. If it's nice out, go for a stroll around your neighborhood or meet up with some friends to hang out in a park.
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