We all know the internet is full of distractions – social media, online shopping, e-mails… so here is a short list of websites that will make you feel less guilty about your online habits.

Sporcle: Mentally stimulating diversions
Warning: this website can become seriously addictive. On the go since 2007, Sporcle features thousands of quizzes in a variety of formats including slideshows and audio. It allows users to create their own quizzes as well as play the many that are readily available. Learn the capitals of the world, the name of every American president, the correct spelling of Kyrgyzstan and a whole lot more. Sporcle categories include: Geography, History, Sport, Language, Literature, Television, Music, Movies, Science, Religion, Gaming, and Just For Fun, so there really is something for everyone. More than a billion games have been played since its launch and a mobile app has now been introduced.

TED: Ideas worth spreading
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design, and began as a conference in 1984. It now holds two annual conferences, with a wide array of speakers, which are recorded for the TED website. You can choose a talk by length, date posted, most viewed and by adjective (I tend to go for the ‘inspiring’ ones). Speakers range from professors and industry professionals to celebrities and political figures. It is now so popular that videos have been viewed by people around the globe over a billion times.
http://www.ted.com You can also watch TED videos via Netflix.

Help from Home: Change the world in just your pyjamas
Help From Home is a UK-based organisation that benefits different causes from all over the world. It allows almost anyone to volunteer from the comfort of home at a time that is most convenient for the user. All you need is a laptop/desktop computer and internet. You can choose which type of organisation you’d like to help, eg animal welfare, environmental, poverty, and the amount of time you have available, from one minute (such as signing a petition) to 30 minutes (writing a letter to someone in hospital). It’s a great way to help worthy causes without the commitment of regular volunteering.