Remote working 101: Nine apps that will help you bust stress and beat work-from-home blues

Apps that will ease your stress, help your productivity and, in general, make work from home more effective.


Given the urgent need for social distancing to contain COVID-19, lakhs of people all over the world have been forced to work from home. Many are also realising that pulling off remote working is not easy, given all the distractions. Here are 9 apps that will ease your stress, help your productivity and, in general, make work from home more effective.

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Headspace
Work from home can get stressful. That’s where this meditation app comes in. One can have 2-3 minute mini-meditation sessions for a quick mental reset.

Free and paid versions on Android, iOS

Hours
This one helps you keep track of time. You can simply use a timer to track how and where you have spent all home-office hours. This can be for individuals as well as teams.

Free on Android, iOS (in-app purchases)

Forest
This app encourages you to put down your phone by planting seeds, which eventually grow into trees. It’s a fun app that helps you stay focused and reduce phone addiction.

Paid version on Android and iOS

Take a Break, Please
As the name suggests, this app tells you when it is time to take a break from your breakneck work schedule at home. You can configure the time between the breaks and their duration.

Free on Android, Windows (Free), Rs 76 on iOS

Tide
This one helps you stay focused by playing white noises and other background music. You can set timers and even get your sleep analysis done.

Free on Android and iOS (in-app purchases)

Down Dog
Since heading out to the gym is out of the question these days, you can do some home yoga. This exercise app has over 60,000 different configurations — in other words, you won’t feel bored doing the same workout again and again.

Free on iOS, Android

Hydro Coach
While you feel burnt out while toiling at home, this app helps you calculate how much water you need, and also track what you drink. There is also a feature to remind you when you need to drink water next.

Rs 100 on Android
Given the urgent need for social distancing to contain COVID-19, lakhs of people all over the world have been forced to work from home. Many are also realising that pulling off remote working is not easy, given all the distractions. Here are 9 apps that will ease your stress, help your productivity and, in general, make work from home more effective.

Team GadgetsNow

Headspace
Work from home can get stressful. That’s where this meditation app comes in. One can have 2-3 minute mini-meditation sessions for a quick mental reset.

Free and paid versions on Android, iOS

Hours
This one helps you keep track of time. You can simply use a timer to track how and where you have spent all home-office hours. This can be for individuals as well as teams.

Free on Android, iOS (in-app purchases)

Forest
This app encourages you to put down your phone by planting seeds, which eventually grow into trees. It’s a fun app that helps you stay focused and reduce phone addiction.

Paid version on Android and iOS

Take a Break, Please
As the name suggests, this app tells you when it is time to take a break from your breakneck work schedule at home. You can configure the time between the breaks and their duration.

Free on Android, Windows (Free), Rs 76 on iOS

Tide
This one helps you stay focused by playing white noises and other background music. You can set timers and even get your sleep analysis done.

Free on Android and iOS (in-app purchases)

Down Dog
Since heading out to the gym is out of the question these days, you can do some home yoga. This exercise app has over 60,000 different configurations — in other words, you won’t feel bored doing the same workout again and again.

Free on iOS, Android

Hydro Coach
While you feel burnt out while toiling at home, this app helps you calculate how much water you need, and also track what you drink. There is also a feature to remind you when you need to drink water next.

Rs 100 on Android

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