Coronavirus cases are on the rise across the world and many governments have announced the necessity for social distancing and isolation to keep the general public safe. Everything from malls and gyms to movie theaters and parks are closed until further notice.
Many organizations are also taking similar steps by asking their employees to work from home in an effort to curb the spread of the notorious and highly contagious new virus. If you’re working remotely during these critical times, you might find it difficult to be as productive as you like.
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Fret not, though! By equipping yourself with the right set of tools, you can ensure your productivity remains high while working from home. We’ve done the legwork for you and discussed some free tools you can use below:
If you’re working in a corporate role, chances are that your daily tasks involve presentations, documents, and worksheets. These functions have traditionally been performed using software products, but you can save time and increase efficiency by relying on a new breed of collaborative cloud-based tools:
- Google Docs: Google Docs allows you to create, format, and edit documents while collaborating in real-time with other colleagues.
- Google Sheets: Google Sheets lets you and your team members build and simultaneously edit spreadsheets with lots of data.
- Google Slides: Google Slides enables you to make and edit presentations with your coworkers as well as share them easily.
You’ll find a number of work communications tools available free of cost. They all have premium plans that come with additional features, but can be used for free with a few limitations – which shouldn’t be an issue for most people.
Our top recommendations are:
- Slack: Slack is like a chat room for your entire company.It lets you stay connected with coworkers via individual and group text or voice/video conversations.
- Google Hangouts: Hangouts can be used to send text messages and make/voice video calls, allowing for seamless remote communication.
- Zoom: Zoom makes audio and video conferencing with team members easy and also allows you to have ongoing chats with them.
Task Management Tools
If you want to keep track of your tasks, nothing beats a to-do list. There are many tools that let you maintain work logs or task lists, which can easily be shared with coworkers for across-the-board visibility.
Our top recommendations are:
- Google Keep: Keep enables you to create lists and make notes with audio clips and pictures which can be shared with teammates.
- Trello: Trello can be used to manage projects and keep track of work. You can add collaborators or comments as needed.
- Asana: Asana allows you to organize and plan work and projects with team members. You can also use it to manage your day’s to-do list.
There you have it! Give the aforementioned free tools a try and work from home the right way without losing any productivity.
Are there any other tools that you’re using to work from home effectively and productively? Share them with us in the comments section below!