Essential Online Tools to Help Get Organized During the Pandemic

As virtual reality gradually becomes our new reality, we have to be both innovative and effective when it comes to continuing our daily activities. Thankfully, with tons of apps, websites, and platforms out there, you can easily remain productive and active, whether that’s in your work or personal life.

WORK APPS

MICROSOFT: Everyone knows Microsoft and its products are extremely useful, and now you can enjoy Office 365 E1 for free during a six-month trial they’re offering on their website. It includes Microsoft Teams, which is a “hub for teamwork” where you can call, chat, meet, and collaborate. It’s a true gem during these remote-working times.

DROPBOX: Dropbox provides a platform where files, pictures, voice notes and anything else can be shared and stored easily between team members. A free three-month subscription is available for nonprofits, NGOs, and educators impacted by COVID-19.

COMCAST: Comcast is doing their part to lessen the stress of the virus during this time too. They have made Xfinity WiFi free for everyone, with hotspots available to all, including non-Xfinity subscribers. To access this, look for the “xfinitywifi” network name in a list of hotspots. Then, just connect and enjoy the free WiFi.

AIRTABLE: This cloud collaboration service uses a spreadsheet-database hybrid to keep businesses and companies organized, especially the media. During this time, they have made their Pro version of the service available for free to any non-political humanitarian groups affected by COVID-19, and also to students.

EPIC: Epic, a reading platform, is offering free remote access for elementary educators and librarians until June 30, 2020. Students can access the digital library, which has 35,000-plus books, read-to-me and audiobooks, videos, and quizzes. Teachers and librarians can also benefit by staying connected to students through book assignments and monitoring their progress.

ZOOM: Free video conferencing with real-time messaging and content sharing. Easy to use and available on any device.

HOOTSUITE: This social media management platform is widely used and helps businesses manage their audiences and plan posts ahead of time. They are offering free access to Hootsuite Professional until July 1st, 2020.

VIDYARD: Free secure video messaging to enhance internal communications for all businesses.

DOCUSIGN: The electronic document signing website is offering free access to its service. This is the best way to manage electronic agreements, business contracts, and more.

ADOBE: Many students and educators can’t live without Adobe, which offers numerous programs such as Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and others. Free home access is being offered to students and educators by request until May 31, 2020.

PANOPTO: This E-learning application is offering free three-month access to capture and distribute video content for businesses, colleges, and schools. This will allow employees and students to continue learning and working remotely.

PERSONAL APPS

PELOTON: The popular work-out app is offering a free 90-day trial of its subscription as more gyms shut their doors. Great news: You don’t even need a Peloton-branded bike or treadmill. You can choose from classes such as yoga, meditation, strength training and more to stay active while indoors!

DUOLINGO: Why not use this time stuck at home to learn a new language? Duolingo has always been free, with in-app purchases available, and now is the time to take advantage of the platform. Learn a variety of languages with fun, bite-sized lessons.

AUDIBLE (AMAZON): Audible, Amazon’s audiobook company, is making their stories free to kids of all ages to stream on any device. Their incredible collection of stories includes titles across six different languages—the best gift is the gift of knowledge!

CALM: This app for sleep, meditation, and relaxation is granting users free resources for some much-needed downtime and breaks from the stress. You can choose from sleep meditations to calm music and even “practices to find ease.”

SHUDDER: Horror movie fans: Shudder is offering 30 days of free access to its library with the code “Shutin.” The horror and thriller streaming service offers its own original shows and films as well as popular faves Train to Busan, City of the Living Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, and more.

URBANSITTER: This babysitter-finding app is extending a free parent subscription for two months during the COVID-19 outbreak. It allows parents to find trusted childcare to help support them as they work from home. Every sitter is background checked for added security.

WATTPAD: This haven for underground literature is completely free, where you can read writers’ works across different genres. This social storytelling platform connects a global community of 80 million readers and writers.