By Michael Stahl
4) Play in the snow: Here on the East Coast we’ve had plenty of it this winter, with more to come. Bundle up and revive your youth, but don’t throw snowballs at anyone’s windshield as they drive past. That’s really dangerous. If you’re in SoCal or Florida, go to the beach instead and Instagram the heck out of it to make your East Coast friends, real or virtual, insanely jealous, forcing them to consider new real estate investments.
3) Read a book: This can actually be done while you have a beer. (In fact, if you’re a beach bum, you can engage in all three activities I’ve mentioned so far at the same time) If however, you’ve gotten rid of all your books, see if there’s a magazine lying around (like The Social Media Monthly). If there aren’t any books or magazines, open your mail. The point is, take this as an excuse to get off your computer. Your clients will deal with the lack of productivity because they probably don’t even understand what you’re talking about half the time anyway—“What’s an ‘analytic?’” If you’re assertive enough, they’ll just go with it and be convinced there’s nothing you can do to mend the situation.
2) Do chores: Look around. There are dust balls in the corner. Your refrigerator only has condiments inside. You’re wearing your last pair of clean underwear. Doing chores is definitely not as fun as the other entries on this list, but when you’re done, you’ll feel good about yourself and you won’t have to worry about them for a while afterwards. (If you want to skip this and do number five again, I won’t judge.)
1) Comprehend the meaning of life: Sure, you sit around Facebooking and Tweeting all day. Yes, when you go to parties and tell people you’re a social media manager, you have to explain that the work is actually pretty challenging in its own way. But you’re not dumb. There’s no pressure here to come up with a real answer to the age-old question of “What does it all mean?” Nobody else has.
*If none of these appeal to you, then write a silly little blog post. You never know who might publish it.