Due to the nature of working from home and the need to collaborate with our teams from afar, Apps and online software such as Zoom and Microsoft teams have become a staple of our working day – even though some of us had never even heard of them before March 2020!
And whether you find remote working a blessing or a curse, anything which can help make working from home more enjoyable and productive is welcome.
That’s why we’ve pulled together our suggestions for our Top WFH Apps, to help make remote work easier, more focused & productive:
If you’re a fan of listening to music while you work, Spotify is where it’s at, with such a vast selection of music and pre-populated playlists to match your every mood! And if you prefer not to work with music, they even have playlists set up which are purely ambient noise and nature sounds – just to give you a bit of background noise to break up the silence.
We even have our own buzz playlists on there – check them out here:
Asana is a great project management tool which enables you to coordinate and collaborate with your team, even when you’re not in the same office. Ideal for organising your own tasks and project work, this easy-to-use software is great for keeping on top of things and keep an eye on your deadlines. There are different paid packages available with different levels of features – but there is a free version too!
Headspace is a great allrounder for all things relating to mindfulness and mental health, with a lot of fantastic features packed into it – from breathing exercises to help keep you present throughout the day, to short workouts to get your body moving, as well as focus music, helpful resources for sleep and of course, plenty different meditations to choose from too.
While access to the majority of the features requires a subscription, there are often special offers available as well as a free trial too!
Insight Timer also offers a great selection of resources to help keep you focused with a timer feature to help you concentrate on a piece of work for a selected amount of time. Simply set the timer to a length of your choosing – you can also choose to have some background ambient sounds too – and then once it’s started, the timer appears on your screen and starts counting down.
This is a handy tool for keeping track of the time you’re spending on certain tasks – for free! When you’re about to start a piece of work, simply start the timer – you can then pause it when you need to switch to something else and restart it when you come back to it.
This is great for understanding where you are spending your time, helping you to improve your time management skills and help with productivity.
Avoid an excessive number of sticky notes with a note taking app such as Evernote. This allows you to keep your notes all in one place that you can access from anywhere, allowing you to reserve your paper sticky notes to the most urgent ones! Set reminders, scan handwritten notes, search, and tags notes and more – all on the free version.
Great for keeping track of all your tasks and projects, Todoist is an online to-do list that you can access from wherever you’re working and keep track of all your tasks in one place. You can also organise these into different sections to keep things organised as well as set priorities tasks, set reminders (with the paid plan), delegate tasks and more.
Sharepoint allows you to save all your files in one place and share with the rest of your team too – making it easier to access shared work and collaborate together, even when you’re not physically together. It will come as part of Microsoft office subscription and so if you already have this, you’ll have access to Sharepoint already
Turn your phone into a web cam! For those don’t have a built-in web cam but need one for video calling, this app allows your phone to be a webcam for your laptop/desktop which can then be used for zoom/teams/skype meetings. Plus, depending on your phone’s camera, it can often result in better quality video compared to a laptop camera.
Check out our blog page for more working from home tips, as well as advice on how to design and set up your home office space for success!