Asked on 20 Apr 2020
To help all of us remain sane till the end of Circuit Breaker!
Technology has really advanced since the olden days, no one in my household actually watches much TV nowadays, its either Youtube or Netflix
For me these are my TOP 3 NEW ones!
1) MapMyRun - for running around my home, more and more to get fresh air
2) Calm Meditation - to stay sane amid all these crazy times
3) Houseparty - recently got on to it to play the group games
Is it supposed to be app only? Because I am going insane with all the dishwashing and increasing delivery prices (menu price increase + deliveroo plan only deliver free if you meet $18 ordering quota which is ridiculous) that I bought myself a airfryer on sales (also because my toaster broke down but still..
If just app, I am using peak, coursera more to catch up on learnings I always wanted to do but never did.
Right now I'm doing a psychology first aid course on coursera which is free and I urge anyone who is interested to join! Very useful in this covid-19 situation.
Using ZOOM a lot to keep in touch with my family now.
We used to meet once every week or 2 weeks, but thats not possible now.
so zoom helps a lot... and its free :)
youtube, netflix for all the entertainment.
and Flipboard is great as a reading aggregrator for all the current affair articles.
Apps that I enjoy using:
YouTube mainly for fitness, cooking and Watercolor Painting videos. There's so much to discover on YouTube.
Snapseed is great for basic photo editing (Features like: Crop, Rotate, Text, Brightness, Saturation, Highlights, Shadows, White Balance, etc.)
Unfold for creating photo collages and adding text as well. My favourite font to use is Northwell.
Mojo for creating animated stories through editable templates. It's very simple to use and they have some really nice animated templates.
I use Seedly more! Haha not a shameless plug. True story.
Having more time on hand now, I am more disciplined in reading the curated content pushed out regularly (and it really seems so active these days), reviewing the opinions of others, as well as looking at ways to get my personal finance on track.
Another app that I've used getAbstract. Basically it provides 10 minute summaries of books in both audio and visual format to suit your preference. The range of summaries available is also pretty extensive, I've been able to find most books I've searched. Given how attention span tend to be shorter these days, being able to have a top view summary of selected books is indeed a bonus. I'm not a huge reading addict so this works out perfectly for me.
P.s I'm not too sure if this is a paid service as it's financed by my company during this covid situation.
1) Netflix- They've been adding lots of new shows recently, there's definitely something for everyone! Plus if you can split the costs between friends, it really isn't that expensive! (I've a friend who's been leeching of her ex's Netflix for 2 years now lol)
2) Houseparty- Basically Facetime/Skype/Zoom on your phone but with games such as pictionary
3) Mousehunt- old but gold, a nice distraction every 15 minutes
5) TikTok (unfortunately)- There actually are quite alot of cool tutorials/challenges that can be found on TikTok, such as the recent put-a-shirt-on-while-in-a-handstand challenge!
These are all apps that could help you relieve stress/cope with working at home, hope everyone's doing okay!!
I second the NLB app. Some current e-books that we can borrow to read. I’m reading “Tiny Habits - The Small Changes That Change Everything” now.
Lotsa free webinars to join nowadays. General Assembly has Free Fridays webinars. Signed up for investing/financial planning workshops with StashAway and EndowUs too.
I have a MasterClass subscription, so watching more videos these days. Also live streaming videos from the multitude of theatre companies. Watched one by the Singapore Repertory Theatre - fantastic! Waiting for another one by 实践剧场。
Also listening to more podcasts. Money Hacks is by The Business Times and has some great content
So much fun reading what are some of your most favourite apps right now! I am interested in checking some out myself too!
Here are some that have kept me sane:
Youtube - been checking out cooking and workout videos (how ironic that it’s both)
TikTok - secretly trying out some of the dances and my brain feels fried after 30mins haha
Skribbl - great family activity
Netflix - my weekly weekend fix
Here's what I'm using -
1) Break Timer (Desktop - chrome extension) for work. I take a 3 min break every 30 mins. You can set how long you want to work and break.
2) Overdrive - Borrow and read free e-books from NLB
3) GG Life - Build your mental resilience
1) #startwith60 - Email you a 60s workout every day
2) brainHQ - www.brainhq.com
I spend majority of my weekends on these 3 apps:
Spotify - very very important in keeping me sane! I spend a lot of time on weekends picking out good songs that just give me good vibes to get through the days.
Houseparty - well I guess that's how socializing works now. Video calling my friends and learning about how bad our drawing skills are.
Netflix - this is probably the best time where no excuse is needed for you to binge-watch all the shows you've wanted to watch. Many good old series worth catching/rewatching (i find myself less guilty spending my weekends on Netflix just cause I'm stuck at home with limited things to do anyway)
But other than spending time on apps, there are many other things we can do while we take a break from the screen like bake, cook, pack your room or exercise!
Yes my family paid for it, so its not a freebie.
But I find it totally worth it, we bought the full 4 screens so we can share it with my grandparents and siblings to view too. (Yes, there are chinese shows too, and tons of korean shows).
disclaimer: im not paid by netflix by this, but if netflix is reading this, you are welcome to hire me as key thought leader... lol
My wife is playing TIKTOK..LOL and she doing meditation and exercising,
i am reading news and documentary from various outlets.
Netflix for dramas..
Apple Notes for notetaking and to scribble ideas.
Microsoft To Do to keep my checklist clean.
Calendar to enforce discipline.
Focus Keeper so that I have a legitimate excuse to slack.
Habit to cultivate a new routine!