Fun Links: Unmotivational Posters, Dilbert, The Oatmeal

There are times when we need to a take a little break to be more productive, but some of us feel guilty straying too far from our work. But sometimes taking a break to check out that latest Garfield cartoon ends up being just the thing that gets us back on track.

Here are some links that you can dive into that will hopefully ease your guilt – thanks to their work “related-ish” subject matter.  They may just put a smile on your face, too.

The Oatmeal

The Oatmeal is a really cool cartoon blog about everyday life and beyond. One of the recent posts is on working from home, while another literally discusses the use of the word literally. Definitely check it out.

Chief Happiness Officer

This site is all about making working life less miserable, to the point of trying actually to be happy at work!  It is run by Alexander Kjerulf, a Dane who is an employee happiness speaker and consultant and who also wrote “Happy Hour is 9 to 5,” which is available for purchase and for reading online for free.

The Fun Theory

The Fun Theory tries out ideas that make everyday things more fun with the aim of changing people’s behavior for the better.  Here you can watch videos of people using the inventions.  Makes you wonder, what would you do to make your everyday chores fun? has some unmotivational posters that for some reason are more motivating than real motivational posters found in the HR office – if you have a sense of humor.  One of my favorite demotivational posters is:

“Failure: When your best just isn’t good enough.”


Possibly your ultimate office life comic.  Dilbert can give a fun start to a day…though at times its truthfulness can be a little sobering.

What links do you check out to give yourself a break – or even inspiration – during your workday? Let us know in the comments.

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