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Tools to Make Working from Home Easier

(April 2020) – Working remotely has become more popular than ever in the past few years, which means there are a ton of digital and online tools that have been developed to make it easier and more efficient. Here are some of the most popular apps and services that can make transitioning to working at home a breeze:

File sharing services: Dropbox, Box, WeTransfer and GoogleDrive all offer easy and customizable ways to share documents, images and files with your team and clients. They can be customized depending on your needs, whether it’s simply a shareable link or an entire database of current projects and files.

  • Project management: Asana, Monday and Basecamp are just three of many project management sites available to remote teams. Within a project, you can assign tasks, track progress, tag coworkers with questions, create calendars and much more. This not only saves time in creating individual to-do lists, because you can populate your tasks from projects on these platforms, but it prevents your inbox from being flooded with miscellaneous updates.
  • Distraction eliminators: Apps like Serene, SelfControl and Freedom allow you to block certain websites altogether or track and limit the amount of time spent on them, putting you in control of your time.
  • Communication apps: Slack and GroupMe can often be integrated into the project management software mentioned above, and installed on your phone to allow for quick and efficient messaging that, again, doesn’t flood your inbox.
  • Notification organizers: Having your phone nearby is necessary for most of us to keep in touch with our loved ones and our teams, but the constant notifications can be overwhelming and distracting. Daywise is an app that batches your notifications to have them all delivered to you on your own schedule. Any apps and even contacts that you need notifications from instantly can be set to show up right away, even when your other notifications are filtered to come through at the time you have set.
  • Focus amplifiers: Feeling overwhelmed? While working from home comes with its own set of trials and responsibilities, for many it also allows you to use your breaks in a more productive way. Take advantage of one of them and download a meditation app like Headspace or Calm, which offer quick, 5-20 minute meditations that can get you feeling a bit more grounded.

 

About the author

Meaghan Branham

Meaghan Branham

Meaghan Branham is a writer and communications manager for i4 Business magazine. A Florida native who graduated from UCF with her BA in English literature in 2017, she looks forward to more opportunities to share the stories of those shaping Central Florida.

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