Do nothing for two minutes, we dare you.

We challenge you to do nothing for two minutes. Sounds easy but don’t mock it till you’ve tried it. We failed at first, and in truth, second sittings. The single-serving website, donothingfor2minutes.com encourages you to relax by sitting still.

The site is the brainchild of Alex Tew, the same man who created the fundraising Million Dollar Homepage. ‘I had been thinking how we spend every waking minute of the day with access to an unlimited supply of information, to the point of information overload.’ Tew told TechCrunch. ‘I also read somewhere that there is evidence that our brains are being re-wired by the internet, because we get a little dopamine kick every time we check our e-mail or Twitter or Facebook and there’s a new update. So we’re all developing a bit of ADD which is probably not great in terms of being productive.’

The site shows a photograph of the ocean at sunset and plays the sound of waves crashing on the beach. Your task? ‘Just relax and listen to the waves. Don’t touch your mouse or keyboard.’ If you don’t follow the instructions and move the mouse or hit a key, you fail and the two-minute timer resets itself. Weirdly therapeutic; two minutes is an eternity when there are things to do.

January 2017