Working remotely comes with a unique set of challenges, and it’s essential to be prepared for them so you can get the job done. Aside from having a dedicated workspace and the right mentality to maximize productivity, you’ll need the right tools to manage your time, minimize distractions, and collaborate with your coworkers.
Here are five types of tools that every remote worker needs to make the most of their workday.
The first step to successfully working remotely is to organize your and your team’s tasks. This will help you visualize your day, week, and month and see how well you’re completing your tasks. To do this, you’ll need a tool that lets you visualize who’s working on what and when it’s due, organize projects, and workflows, and integrate with your other tools. Though there are a few tools that do this, Monday.com is the ideal tool for you.
A good collaboration tool is essential when you don’t have your coworkers a shouting distance away in the office. Your collaboration tool should allow for several channels of communication, document sharing, and possibly even video conferencing. These tools make sure everyone is on the same page and keep up a constant flow of communication.
Communication, Communication, Communication
Speaking of communication, working remotely doesn’t mean you’ll never see your coworkers. Video meetings and sync-ups are essential to successfully work from home — you may even want to have them daily to make sure everyone is aligned on their daily tasks, and to foster a sense of teamwork and unity at a distance.
- Hangouts (you can connect Slack and Hangouts for a more integrated experience)
Get Off Social Media
The temptation to watch videos, check Facebook, and share part of your day on Instagram will be greater at home than it was at the office. This will inevitably decrease your productivity. Do yourself a favor and put your phone away while you work as much as possible. And when that isn’t enough to keep you away from social media, there are tools to help you stay away.
- Freedom: A great tool to help minimize this distraction is Freedom, which blocks all your social media accounts as well as other sites on any device.
- Screen Time: If you have an iPhone, you can also use Screen Time to set limits on certain apps.
Time management is one of the biggest challenges of remote work. It’s easy to sit down, “work,” and get nothing of value done at all. With no manager, supervisor, or coworker there to motivate and guide you, it’s up to you to increase your productivity and focus. These types of tools can help you divide your time into tasks and breaks. They also discourage you from “multitasking” (don’t try to multitask, it doesn’t work).
- Be Focused Timer: This tool lets you set tasks to complete in a certain amount of time, as well as short and long breaks to increase productivity. You can manage your tasks and track your goals easily.
- Noisli: For a different approach, use Noisli to set background noises, helping you focus and relax while you work remotely.
With these five types of tools in your arsenal, working remotely won’t be so daunting anymore. With just a little help, you can easily stay connected with your teammates, stay focused, and complete tasks efficiently.