I like to consider myself the queen of apps. I rely on them for so many things, especially when working from home. I always try new ones when they launch, and I’m a total TechCrunch junkie. I delete more than I keep, but the ones I’ve found valuable, I use on a daily basis. If you’re new to working from home, or just need some tips on getting through it, here are the apps I recommend when you work from home.
Whether you use it on desktop or your phone, Asana is always the number-one app I recommend to people. I could write love letters to this app. It is a project management tool that is so user-friendly, and it keeps you organized whether you’re a team of 1 or 1000. If you’re trying to figure out how to stay organized while working remotely from the rest of your team, Asana is a must.
Remember the good ol’ days of AOL Instant Messenger? Slack brings a bit of that back, but in the professional setting. Since our team works remotely, we rely on Slack to communicate just as we would when we’re in the office. You can set up “channels” (aka chat rooms) dedicated to specific topics and team members, and also private message one on one. It’s a great way to feel connected with your team when you aren’t in the same physical space.
You might think with more time at home you have more time for social media, but it often ends up being the opposite. We love using Later to plan out our social media content for the week and even schedule it to publish in case we’re busy chasing around tiny humans. Later is our favorite because we like being able to preview the grid and schedule links to go live with the posts as well.
By now, you’ve likely heard of Zoom and seen the screenshots on social media. But it really is a great platform to stay connected with your team. It’s great for video conferencing, team meetings, and even webinars.
If you’re a contractor or an hourly employee, using a time-tracking app like Toggl is crucial. You can track your own or team’s time, create one-click timers, set up reminders and integrate with more than 100 apps. If you don’t like to automatically track your time, you can manually feed entries or integrate it with your calendar. It also has helpful reports by Toggl to give you a deep look into how you spend your time and allow you to make changes as needed.
If you have a cluttered desktop, Magnet is your new BFF. If you have a Mac, this handy app helps to declutter your screen by snapping windows into organized tiles. You can drag windows over the preset areas to automatically resize the windows, or use the customizable keyboard shortcuts. Once you start using Magnet to handle your windows management, you’ll find yourself wondering how you lived without it.
Everyone is different when it comes to what they like to listen to when they’re working. For productivity’s sake, turn the TV off. You can listen to podcasts or playlists, or if you prefer a quieter approach, Noizio is a great app to have on hand. You can use Noizio to mix and match various ambient sounds and create your ideal work environment. The app has sounds for rain, drizzle, wind, campfire, river, night, coffee shop and more. You can control the levels of each individual sound and create the perfect mix you need.
If you’re constantly being distracted by pings and notifications, you’ll love Daywise. It schedules “do not disturb” time on both your computer and your phone, and puts them all into one neat little package when you’re back online. Your batched notifications are neatly organized all in one place. See notifications when you want to, not when apps want you to.