Best work from home apps
Perhaps what will help to make your office most productive of all though, is to use productivity apps and tools. There are now countless services, apps, and products designed specifically to help you get more work done, and these can make a huge difference to your ability to stay on task, and to collaborate with people around the world.
Many of these apps in particular will become nigh essential as you start to work from home, while others will give you a big advantage and help you to avoid confusion, errors, and distractions.
For remote collaboration, the best tools are:
- Other powerful tools include Google Drive and Workplace (work.facebook.com).
Zoom is a teleconferencing app that is useful for conducting remote meetings. Sometimes you need to see someone face-to-face in order to have a proper discussion about the type of work that you need to do, or in order to secure a contract. In these cases, Zoom is extremely easy to install (important in case the person you are talking to doesn’t already have it), it has lot of features (like the ability to record calls), and it is the industry standard for remote calls.
Slack is designed to replace the kinds of casual interactions you might have previously had in an office. It is a little like WhatsApp for business, which means it’s perfect if you have a quick question or want to say high. Asana is a project management tool that lets you work with a team on tasks. You can assign jobs to different team members, view updates, and even attach files. Alternatives include the likes of Trello and Basecamp.
Workplace is Facebook for businesses, while Google Drive is ideal for collaborating on documents and spreadsheets.
Work from home noise reduction app
Cut out all the background noise when working from home with the noise cancellation app Krisp (krisp.ai), which is also available as a Chrome extension. The first of its kind, it allows you to listen and speak without noise, and can be used with a microphone, headset, or speaker.
It should come as no surprise that one of the most powerful work-from-home tools is just such an app. Todoist (todoist.com) is a powerful to-do app that features natural language interpretation. This means you can type or even dictate something like “send an email to X client every Monday” and that will automatically create a recurring task every Monday with a due date for that day.
You can also work with teams by assigning tasks to other people. Tasks can be neatly categorized, and there are lots of integrations with other key apps like Google Calendar.
Note taking apps are similarly important for personal workflow. The most powerful of these is arguably an app called Notion (notion.so). Notion is an app that will let you create pages of notes like any other, and organize these in hierarchies like normal.
What’s more impressive about Notion though, is that you can also create links to other pages within your notes, you can create tables, and you can embed videos and images. This is almost more like a compete content management system, and we’re only just scratching the surface of what it can do!
Notion has the power to become a second brain and to adapt to your style of work. Once you get used to using it, you will find it is extremely effective.
Finally, I highly recommend an app called Freedom (freedom.to). Freedom allows you to block specific websites and apps on your phone or computer, which helps you avoid the distractions that these can cause.
How much more work could you get done if you didn’t have to struggle not to look at Facebook?