12 free apps to make the most of your social distancing period

With citywide lockdowns and most of us self-quarantining ourselves, at TSW we want to share small things to make the best use of this time. Today, we want to talk about the 12 best apps that will help you be more productive and remain sane after you’ve watched all of the highly recommended movies/shows currently streaming on Netflix and after you’ve taken a few too many naps. Anyway, check out TSW’s recommendation for the best apps to download while maintaining social distancing.

The apps listed are all free to use and shared in no particular order.

So, go ahead and give it a try.

1. The very first crucial step you need to take considering the current scenario is to prioritise your payments/bills as per your budget. Usually, when you’re on top of your money, life is good.

MINT helps you effortlessly manage your finances in one place.  According to the budget set, it will share suggestions based on your spending. It also helps you check your credit score with tips to improve them. 

2. We are all bombarded with precautionary and promotional SMSes from all organisations and brands. And, it usually happens that we miss out on the important messages. Microsoft has created an SMS Organiser app exclusively for Android. SMS Organiser uses machine learning to automatically sort messages and organise them into separate folders. That means all the spam and promotional SMS messages you get will be filtered into a “promotions” folder, while real messages like your bank accounts, personal contacts will be located in the inbox in a separate tab. iPhone users should be envious of this app. 

3. Podcasts are becoming highly popular these days. They entertain, inform, and inspire. Explore thoroughly and you'll find a podcast across different genres from entertainment and comedy to news to sports to you name it. We highly recommend that you use Pocketcasts for podcast recommendations. When you're ready to dive into the world of podcasting, it's best to take a guide to show you the way. Pocketcasts will introduce you to content you'll fall in love with, and help you manage it all with ease. Find out why millennials now listen to podcasts for longer and enjoy this format of content more. 

4. While most of us are working from home (WFH) and while some are facing challenges with not being able to have smooth coordination with colleagues, apps like Microsoft Teams come to their rescue. Microsoft Teams is a unified communication and collaboration platform. It is a mashup of Slack and Skype with support for application integration and file storage.  

5. We need something that keeps us sane with all the panic stories, updates across the globe not just about COVID19 but the economic crisis too. Apps like Calm promise to help users sleep better, boost confidence and reduce stress and anxiety, all with the help of guided meditations, soothing music, and bedtime stories.

6. After a few days of WFH, one can get restless because when you are working from an office, there is an everyday routine to follow. And, when that breaks all hell breaks loose. Keeping our emotions in control becomes essential during such times as mentioned in our last article about maintaining a journal. Here are a few apps that do an excellent job of navigating through your emotions. With the help of apps like Reflectly, Moodnotes, Daylio Journal and Reflect, you can calmly manage your time at home too. These apps help in writing down your feelings and thoughts. This is considered to be one of the healthiest ways of dealing with your emotions.

7. For those who wish to keep themselves updated with the happenings around the world while being cooped up inside, you can follow credible sources such as the Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters and The Guardian.

8. You could also try new recipes without any hygiene risks and for some folks cooking works like therapy. The best apps to follow for recipes are Tasty, Tastemade or for recipes in regional languages you can even download Tarla Dalal app.

9. When we change our routines, it's easy to forget to drink enough water.  The Waterlogged app gives personal reminders to ensure you're staying hydrated and allows you to set goals and track your water consumption over time. Some additional features could be at a certain cost but there is no trial period and you can still continue to use free of cost. 

10. Dancing is a cool activity for everyone, it is not only fun but also keeps you from feeling lethargic and pumps you up. Even if you have two left feet, we bet you have thought about learning how to dance at least once. It is actually easy to do that with YouTube now. Just search for specific terms like “15-Minute Bounce-Back Cardio Dance Workouts” and you will be inundated with tons of dance tip videos on the world’s most popular video platform.  

11. Are you a book junkie? If yes, you are probably no stranger to Goodreads. Most popular among book readers, on Goodreads you can find, get, and share books you love. This is the world’s largest social network for readers. 

12. If you are looking at making your self-quarantine time the most productive and fun you could learn a new language with the help of Duolingo. I am sure you must have heard of Duolingo since it is a highly recommended language learning app. Duolingo offers a skill tree of lessons that use listening exercises, flashcards, and multiple-choice questions to drill you on new words, phrases, and sentences. Most questions have a comment thread where users can discuss a particular question in detail. The service also has community features that let you connect with other people who are learning the same language as you are.

So, these were our top picks, let us know if you would like to add more recommendations or share your most used app.

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