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I have discovered a way to avoid work while telling myself I am actually working. It is so fascinating that I can jump down a new rabbit trail quicker than you can say “Peter Cottontail”.
The culprit: the views of Google Searches.
Getting Away From the Standard Google View
To see these views in action, do a Google search. At the top of the results there is a Show Options link. Click on it, and halfway down the left side of the screen you will see a grouping with four options: Standard View, Related Searches, Wonder Wheel and Timeline.
Selecting this option gives you a bunch of choices you may not have thought of. Click any one to change your search terms and go off on another rabbit trail.
The wonder wheel shows your search with related terms as a graphical image. Click on one of the spokes, and your search term is modified. Perfect for going off on tangents.
The timeline presents as much information as possible in chronological format. This is great for going back into history. My first timeline search kept me occupied for hours as I read Civil War-era accounts of the battles in my area.
These Google views are wonderful tools – don’t get me wrong – but they present a new way for me to get sidetracked very easily.
Photo by Bruno Girin