Stuck in Traffic Again: Android Apps to Make the Most of Your Idle Time


Sitting in traffic is the worst. Even with something cool playing on the radio, nothing can be more frustrating that having to wait it out in the middle of hundreds of other cars while you fall further and further behind on your tasks.

So if you’re stuck in traffic, you might as well try to make the most of it, right? You can take the opportunity to get a few things started or finished while you waiting to inch along. Fortunately, there are some Android apps that can help you turn your downtime on the road to a productive time. Here are a few apps that you can use — responsibly, of course — to get work done the next time you find yourself at a standstill on the road.

Make Some Calls

Chances are that there are a few calls you need to make, whether for work or for personal reasons. Why not take this time to make them? And the best part is that you can even make important calls because the Call Recorder for Me app will let you record any conversation you want.

You can choose to have this app record calls from any or all numbers on your contact list, or you can have it record calls as you want. This makes it easy to remember important times, dates and other information that you may normally take notes about. With this app, you can just have the conversation and then go back and listen to it.

You can bookmark important parts of the recording for easy recall and you can search through your recordings easily.

Get Organized

Keeping up with all of your to-do lists can be a challenge for anyone, so why not use your downtime to get organized.

If you’re like most people, you have hundreds of different things you need to keep track of, and this app will help you keep track of it all. It lets you build a hierarchy of tasks, from easiest to hardest or vice versa so you can customize the view however you want. You can zoom in and out to focus on certain small tasks that will help you finish a larger one, like getting everything you need for a birthday party or all of the small tasks you need to finish to complete a project at work.

Learn a New Language

Why not use your downtime to expand your horizons and learn a new language such as Spanish? The Duolingo app is a free app that lets you learn one of over 10 languages.

You practice speaking and learning the language by using games which help you learn faster. You can choose from German, Spanish, French, Italian and more, all while sitting in traffic. Imagine the look on everyone’s faces when you finally arrive to work and tell them, “Sorry I’m late,” in another language!

Use your time stuck in traffic to get things done. Try one of these apps next time you’re at a standstill.

David Peage uses his smartphone to stay productive when he’s on the daily commute. He’s been commuting to work for close to 20 years now and is so thankful for this digital age!