How often do you find yourself with weird breaks in your day—breaks that are too short to get any real work done, but too long to just sit there? If you’re like us, you probably just end up browsing Facebook during these moments. But not anymore!
We’ve put together a list of 55 sites for every mood, so that no matter what you feel like looking at, you’re guaranteed to spend those three minutes productively. Or at least, more productively than if you were liking your niece’s kindergarten graduation photos.
If You Need Some Inspiration
Here’s where the world’s top designers and illustrators go to show off what they’re working on.
You’ve probably browsed Kickstarter before, but have you ever used it for inspiration? Check out the Discover page to look at especially awesome projects.
3. The Webby Winners
Each May, The Webby Awards gives out its “Best of the Internet” awards in five major media categories: websites, interactive advertising and media, online film and video, mobile sites and apps, and social. Trust us—you’ll like what you find.
Behance was established as portfolio site for creatives. You can find amazing work in every field, from motion graphics and architecture to culinary arts and toy design.
5. Information Is Beautiful
On Information Is Beautiful, you’ll find infographics, charts, and diagrams that are both thought-provoking and visually stunning.
6. Product Hunt
Looking for cool, just-released apps, sites, and products? Look no further.
You definitely don’t have to be an industrial designer to appreciate the innovative, beautiful projects on Core77.
Milq lets you build and browse collections of culture. Save songs, video, and images, participate in culture-based discussions, and follow other people to see what they’re being inspired by.
This site is billed as “the ultimate buyer’s guide for men,” but we think anyone will appreciate the covetable creations featured on Uncrate.
10. The Best Designs
Browse gorgeous websites, design themes, and our favorite category, physical workspaces.
If You Want to Cheer Up
11. Huffington Post Good News
When you need proof that people do wonderful things (like go back to college at 87 or bake over 50 pies for the local church group), go here.
12. Positivity Blog
The tagline sums it up well: “Happiness and awesomeness tools that work in real life.”
This site’s mission is to make people smile, whether that’s accomplished through funny videos, touching stories, or—of course—cute animals.
14. Make Everything OK
If you believe in the power of positive thinking, this simple site will be your new favorite. Click the “Make Everything OK” button, watch the progress bar, and get a notification that “Everything is OK now.”
15. 1,000 Awesome Things
Every day, the site’s author publishes another universally awesome thing, like #180: tripping and realizing no one saw you.
This is perfect if you need to get something off your chest. Write an anonymous post, then watch a growing tally of the strangers who have read it.
17. CNN Heroes
Each week, CNN shares an everyday person acting like a superhero. It’s pretty darn heartwarming.
18. Emergency Compliment
Click through these (actual funny) compliments until you feel better. Our favorites: “Everyone at the Laundromat thinks you have the cutest underwear” and “People behind you at movies think you are the perfect height.”
Just try it.
20. McSweeney’s Internet Tendency
Don’t read any of the pieces on this site unless you want your co-workers to ask why you’re cracking up.
21. Gretchen Rubin
Rubin spent an entire year trying different things in an effort to be happier. She continues her quest on her site, sharing practical advice, good habits, and success stories.
If You Need Something to Make You Think
22. 100 Lessons From 100 Entrepreneurs Worth Over $100 Million
You’ll find plenty of food for thought in this massive list. Such as: If you want to receive less email, send less email.
Over 80,000 interviews with normal Americans have been preserved as part of this oral history project. Their stories are all different—except in their ability to make you think!
Did you know The Economist has an intelligence section? Now you do! Look for articles like “What in Today’s World Will Appall Our Grandchildren?”
25. The Listserve
Every day, one randomly chosen user gets the opportunity to send an email to all of the subscribers (23,375 people and growing!)
26. Science of Us
On this New York Magazine blog, you’ll find fascinating scientific explanations of everyday phenomena. Seriously, don’t let the word “scientific” scare you, it’s all presented in a very understandable and relevant way.
27. Hacker News
Read user-submitted links to “anything that gratifies one’s intellectual curiosity” on this entrepreneurship site run by startup incubator Y Combinator.
If you’ve got a math or science question—or you want to help someone with a math or science question—check out Brilliant. More than 1.5 million people use it as as a learning and teaching platform.