Thousands of people commute to work every day in Sri Lanka. Commuting to work can be a the most dreaded, frustrating part of someone's day, but it doesn't have to be. There are a bunch of great apps to help you navigate (whether it be on the bus or train) and keep you entertained and informed.
Time is precious, and you can potentially achieve a lot during your commute - even if it’s pretty short. Get productive with these apps.
Medium (Free | iOS & Android)
An app that you can rely on to read more important information and stuff. Reading is powerful, and there’s so much you can learn by doing it. On your daily commute - especially if you’re on a train or bus - you no doubt see people with their heads buried in books, newspapers and magazines. Well, with Medium, you can read quality content straight from your phone. What’s cool, though, is that the app has a ‘read time’ feature, meaning you can identify how long an article will take to read.
Duolingo (Free | iOS & Android)
Can you learn a new language on your way home or work? Yes, you can. Long commutes may feel like wasted time, although they don’t have to be. You can easily do something productive when walking or on public transport - like learning a language. Duolingo covers a plethora of languages, including Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. The best thing about it is that language learning is presented as a game, where you pick up words and earn points at the same time.
Flipboard (Free | iOS & Android)
Nowadays, keeping abreast with all the news is somewhat tedious task to do. But hey don’t fret, with Flipboard you can choose your preferable categories and the related news will be shown in the app in a lovely layout. Enchanting layout and subtle animation on the user interface of this app, will give you a motivation to read and know about the news you care about. It is a best way to keep up todate with the happening around you.
Tayasui Sketches (Free | iOS & Android)
With this lovely app, you can unveil the inner artist in you. End of your commute you can proudly create a master-piece that you adore. Whether you want to begin a masterpiece or scribble away some steam, Sketches comes prepared with all the tools you need for digital drawing: four types of brushes, different paper styles, and a pressure-sensor eraser. The app maximizes drawing space by keeping its UI looking much like a blank canvas and full of intuitive shortcuts. And because you can even doodle on photos you have stored on your library.
Any.do (Free | iOS & Android)
With this easy list app, you’ll never forget to pick up anything on the way home! Jot down your to -do’s into the categories “Today,” “Tomorrow,” “Upcoming,” and “Someday.” You can also enable location reminders so you’ll be prompted to buy some fruits when you’re near the fruit stalls. To cross off your tasks, swipe them off and shake your phone to permanently get rid of them. It’s that simple.
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