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Apps To Help Get You Through Lockdown


More than half of Australia is now confined to their bedroom-cum-prison.

Getting mad at your housemates for saying things like ‘it’s 11 o’clock,’ and going for a walk have turned into the most exciting part of anyone’s day—that and faffing around on the phone. And while holding your phone certainly isn’t the same as holding a hand, that’s what we’ve got right now and some of these apps make the phone fondling pretty good.

Forest

Now that your tradie mates or significant others are home to annoy you 24/7, it’s difficult for those working from home to remain focused. My tradie roommate got up at 4:30 this morning, only to again realise he didn’t have to go to work, and so proceeded to run a marathon in our living area. Consequently, I’m tired before I’ve even logged on and concentration levels are going into negative numbers, if that’s even possible. Then I found Forest. Forest is a productivity app that follows the concept of the Pomodoro technique, breaking down work into twenty-five-minute focused intervals. At the start of every session, you plant a tree on the app and let it grow as the twenty-five minutes pass. If you switch apps to scroll the gram or order Uber Eats, the tree will die. Keep going and it flourishes into a fully grown tree, and then a forest with each successful session. It might not have the environmental benefits of a real-life tree, but it does keep you in check for finishing tasks.

Psych 

This app looks shit but it’s actually alright. I played it over the weekend with a homemade margarita in hand. Come to think of it, it was probably the margarita that made it good, but I still enjoyed myself. Psych is a guessing game, where trivia meets Cards of Humanity, played among friends on their phones. The winner is essentially whoever can bullshit the best, which is probably why I thoroughly enjoyed this game way more than I thought I would. Great paired with a variety of alcoholic beverages.

Down Dog 

Imitate a real-life yoga class by installing timber floorboards, lighting incense and rolling out some mats. Down Dog is legit. You can pick your favourite voice, music, style, pace, and body part focus. Even through a screen, the app gives you that same feeling of wondering how the instructor can possibly hold a smile for that long and be that nice. Namaste.

Duolingo 

Travelling might be off the cards but learning a new language doesn’t have to be. This app has a heap of languages to drill into your brain through listening exercises, flashcards, and multiple-choice questions. Daily reminders ensure you get your five minutes in, so you’ll be fluent in whatever lingo you choose by the time we get out of this thing.

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