It’s always a good idea to take regular short breaks when you’re working. You can only concentrate properly for short periods of time and if you try to carry on for longer without taking a quick 5 minute break, the quality of your work will suffer. The only problem with that is people often take a break intending to get back to work in 5 or 10 minutes but before they know it, they end up getting distracted and half an hour passes. That’s not a very efficient way to work, especially if you’re doing it multiple times a day. What you need is a short activity that you can do for 5 minutes and then get back to work again. There are all sorts of things you could do but if you’re already sat at your desk on a computer, why not play some games? There are so many great free games that you can play in your web browser to kill some spare time when you’re having a break. These are some of the best ones.
Geoguessr is a great game that you can play on your computer and you only need a couple of minutes to play a round (click this link to find the website). It’s a very simple game but you can have hours of fun with it. The way that it works is you’re shown a picture from somewhere in the world on Google maps. You then have to work out where in the world that place is and mark where you think it is on the map. The closer you get, the more points you’ll get.
It’s so simple to play and it only takes seconds to play each go so even if you’re just having a 2 minute break, you can still have a go. It’s also a great social game to play with people around the office or with your friends because you can compare scores and there is a challenge mode that you can play against other players from around the world.
2. Casino Games
If you want to find something to do during your break and possibly win a bit of money while you’re at it, casino games are perfect. You can read about online gambling here to find some of the best sites. There are plenty of quick games like roulette or blackjack that only take a couple of minutes to play and you never know, you might end up winning a bit of extra cash during your break. Just remember that you’re playing for fun and you should only play a couple of games at a time, don’t get sucked in and end up spending your wages for the day during your lunch break.
Helicopter is a classic game that’s been around for years with lots of different variations. The aim of the game is to guide a helicopter through a tunnel without crashing. Anybody can play because there is only one control; you hold the mouse to go up and let go to go down again. It’s such a simple game to play but you can have great fun with it. You can play it here. Be warned, it seems simple but it’s actually a very tricky game and it can get incredibly frustrating.
You probably think of chess as quite a long game and a lot of the time it is. But there are a lot of different versions of chess with a different time on the clock. You can play a 5 minute game so both players have to make their moves very quickly. You don’t get as much time to think which makes it a more fast paced and exciting game of chess. If you visit chess.com you can set up an account and play against real opponents around the world. You could do a quick 5 minute game during your break or you can set up longer games where you take it in turns to do your move. During your 5 minute break, you can make your move and then your opponent has time to make theirs before your next break. It’s a great way to use up time during breaks and keep your mind active at the same time.
If you’ve ever played the board game Risk, you’ll know that it definitely can’t be played during a short break. It’s infamous for taking hours and hours to finish a game. But if you like the idea of a similar game that you can finish in 10 minutes, Dicewars is perfect. It’s the same game on a smaller board, condensed so gameplay doesn’t take long at all.
Next time you’re on a break at work and you’re stuck for something to do, why not try out one of these great games?