If working remotely is on the cards for personal or professional reasons, these 13 tools could help you stay organised and productive.
Are you planning to work remotely anytime soon? If so, the right tools could make all the difference.
Beyond the well-known players such as Google Drive and Dropbox, we’ve put together a list of 13 handy online tools that will help you get the job done – wherever you are.
Whether you work alone or as part of a wider team, Trello could make remote-working life easier for you. Through this web-based tool, you can interact and collaborate with team members on communal platforms called ‘boards’, and add files, images, comments and more to cards, creating lists of tasks or plans. It’s great for keeping track of projects for a range of industries.
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Communication is almost always important for successful projects, but that becomes critical when your team is spread out across different locations. A popular method of keeping in touch is instant messaging platform Slack, where you can create a number of group chats called ‘channels’. You can also avail of its Slackbot feature to set up automatic reminders for yourself or your team.
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Just because you’re not based in the same building as your colleagues doesn’t mean meetings and catch-ups have to suffer. There are plenty of tools that can set you up with a ‘virtual conference room’, such as Highfive. The video-conferencing software boasts a set-up time of less than 15 minutes.
Asana is another project management tool that aims to help streamline your work. Through its portfolio feature, you can monitor the status of projects in real time and its integrations element means you can tie together your emails, files and ‘tickets’ under one roof.
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— Asana (@asana) March 9, 2020
Another office essential that doesn’t have to get left behind when working from home is a robust to-do list. Todoist is a platform that allows you to organise and prioritise tasks, visualise your productivity, share tasks with others, set recurring due dates and more.
Something that’s beneficial for your productivity, no matter where you’re working from, is effective time tracking. A tool you can employ here is Toggl, which provides data on how and where your time is being spent. It also syncs timers across your browser, phone and desktop apps.
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— Toggl (@toggl) March 10, 2020
Chimp or Champ
Even when staff are working remotely, it’s important for managers to prioritise employee wellbeing.
And since you can’t talk to them face-to-face, something like Chimp or Champ could help. It’s described as a “weekly anonymous employee happiness meter”.
Every Thursday, members of your team receive a check-in email and have one day to respond on how they felt throughout the week. The following day, managers get a ‘pulse report’ on their team, with actionable feedback to boot.
Another tool that could boost your productivity or help keep track of teams while working remotely is Time Doctor. It features automated screenshots to help you track your activity and provide feedback on the amount of time you spend chatting with others, data on the hours you dedicate to specific clients and projects, as well as web and app usage and break tracking.
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Video conference tool Zoom has a range of applications, from facilitating remote training and online meetings to a user-friendly phone system and cross-platform file sharing. It’s great for large companies that need to employ remote working as it can host up to 1,000 video participants and 10,000 viewers at a time.
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— Zoom (@zoom_us) March 9, 2020
Teams seeking to maintain – or perhaps even heighten – productivity levels when working remotely could benefit from iDoneThis. The daily check-in platform asks each employee to submit a daily status update either through their browser or email, highlighting the progress of tasks as well as any obstacles to their completion, meaning you can keep an eye on a team’s progress.
This tool is aimed at website users who need to regularly report bugs back to their web developers. Described as “sticky notes”, the app sits at the top of your website and from there you can log a bug instantly. Its sidebar tool also gives an overview of different bug reports from across a team.
Again, if emails aren’t proving to be as efficient as you’d like them to be, BugHerd could offer an alternative avenue of speedier and tidier communication for remote workers.
Testing can be fundamental to providing a reliable experience to users.
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— BugHerd (@bugherd) March 5, 2020
If you’re in the field of marketing, CoSchedule is a project management tool that could be of interest. It includes elements for organising content, calendars, projects and social media as well as asset storage.
More of a visual worker in a creative industry? Through Milanote, teams can group ideas and projects into visual board – whether it’s campaigns, research or components of an app or publication.
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— Milanote (@milanoteapp) February 12, 2020