April 20 2020 – Alexa Van Sickle
Best Apps to Use While Working-From-Home
The coronavirus pandemic has swept the world in the blink of an eye. It has presented us with new challenges and forced many companies to jump on the work from home movement.
Amid the chaos, remote work and staying at home all day can be an unusual challenge. Working in a place filled with distractions and trying to stay productive can have an impact on our work performance. Just like our work, our health is also important and trying to find ways to keep our body and mind engaged has also been a part of the challenge.
Whether you’re a work from home veteran or trying to adjust to this new routine, we’ll be sharing the best apps to use during this quarantined time. These apps can effectively boost your productivity and help improve your health.
Do you know where your time goes? Ever wonder why you just can’t seem to check off things from your to-do list?
You spend hours glued to a screen, attempting to accomplish your tasks, only to find it’s 3:30pm and you’re wondering where the time went. In hindsight, we often spend time scrolling through social media or watching a few minutes of YouTube. Often times we are being productive, but whatever you’re trying to accomplish is taking more time than you originally thought.
Just like tracking your spending, when you can track your time it becomes easier to know where you need to spread it and how long you should expect to be working.
Toggl does that for you. Toggl is a great time tracking app. It gives you an over the shoulder look at where your time goes. You can use it to see what you spend your time on, whether it’s work-related or not.
Zoom is a prominent and well-known video conferencing platform for speaking with employees and clients. The great video and audio quality allow for clear interactions with one or multiple people.
The chat features and phone features allow for seamless options for communication. You could present important information or a work-related presentation.
Having a second monitor can give you a distinct advantage. While a zoom meeting is taking place, you could use a second monitor like SideTrak to present your points instead of having to leave and minimize the app.
Attach a SideTrak portable monitor on your laptop while giving or listening to a presentation. Take notes or give information freely with a second screen on display.
The alternative to Google Drive, DropBox gives you the option to safely store documents, sensitive information, and files.
It's an easy way to transfer documents and files between co-workers. It has all the tools necessary to keep your documents organized and easily shareable.
Reduce the heavy workload and get peace of mind knowing your documents are safe. This allows you the free time to work on things that matter and tackle on your important tasks.
Take a small break from your workday and meditate. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less and focus more.
Use the app Headspace to help guide you through the essentials of meditation and mindfulness. Meditation can help provide a reset for the mind and is especially helpful when we are feeling challenged by circumstances or frazzled by tech.
A great way to take advantage of your time at home is to exercise. Centr is a great app that provides at-home workouts and even offers nutritional and healthy meal plans.
Exercising helps not only your body feel good but it also helps your mind. It's a great way to de-stress and to clear your mind after a long day at work.
As we adjust to these new circumstances, we also need to adjust our routines and make sure we are using the right tools to help us stay productive, engaged, and healthy in mind and body.