4 free apps to help you stay productive while working from home
Do you work best in a cafe or co-working space, but have been forced to stay home during this period? Coffitivity helps you create that much-needed white noise by playing soundtracks of gentle chat, clinking cups and other sounds that form the soundtrack of an everyday coffee shop.
A distraction blocker with an adorable twist. When you need to keep yourself focused for a set period of time, switch on Forest and a virtual tree will grow during the allotted time. If you switch to social media or Whatsapp, the tree will die (but not without a warning!).
If you manage to keep yourself focused during the entirety of the duration, though, you’ll get a beautiful tree. Over time, these trees accumulate in your personal forest as little trophies.
Think of Boomerang as your personal email assistant — it can send you reminders to follow up if someone hasn’t replied you after a few days, pause all incoming emails while you work on an important project, or schedule an email to be sent at 9am the next day if you’re the night owl sort who works at 2am and doesn’t want your client/colleague to know.
Sitting on the couch or at the dining table all day isn’t good news for your body, even if you do make the occasional trip to the kitchen for a snack. Working from home is the perfect time to squeeze in a lunchtime workout since you have more time and a place to shower. The Nike Training Club app (it’s completely free!) offers you customised workouts according to the time and equipment available, and the intensity level. We like the 6-minute bodyweight workouts for a quick lunchtime workout, and the 20-minute yoga sessions for winding down.