The most common reaction when I tell people I work from home is their eyes lighting up and saying something akin to, “Wow! That’d be so great! Wake up, work from the couch. The dream!” And, granted, working remotely has plenty of benefits. But it also takes self-motivation and direction.
You’re likely to spend many hours flying solo, and even if you are a part of a larger team, you may not always feel like it. Thankfully, modern technology has a slew of apps that can help bridge the gap for remote warriors, keep you on track and keep you in touch with your co-workers or peers.
Some of my favourites for keeping the isolation and productivity strikes at bay?
Ever seen the episode of Black Books where Bernard visits his accountant and promptly dumps his year of receipts on the accountant’s desk? Concur, with their easy to use app and desktop platform, make keeping track of expenses a breeze. Simply snap and upload your receipts on the go and add them to a monthly report for claiming or keep on file for tax time.
I used to be a serial “email notes to myself” offender. Then I finally set up Evernote. It has quickly become my best friend for storing event ideas, photos of design inspiration I see when out and about, taking notes at meetings and more!
A new addition to my most used apps is Melbourne-born 1 Giant Mind. Working from home can all too easily translate into working all the time and rarely giving yourself the head space to switch off. 1 Giant Mind is a guided meditation app that takes you through an initial 12 session tutorial on meditation. The great thing about 1 Giant Mind is you can set a daily reminder to tell you it is time to meditate. Forced time away from your computer to sit still and process the day? Yes, please!
Granted, this isn’t an app per se. But, Pinterest’s ability to invite colleagues to a board makes creating a mood board for an event concept, for example, when you’re separated by continents that much easier. It also works a treat to illustrate a creative concept to your graphic design team.
While I am still a fan of the traditional paper and pen for a to-do list (c’mon, there is something so satisfying about crossing out a completed item!), for large scale event planning and projects with multiple moving parts, Omni Focus is a great way to organise action items, plan ahead and prioritise what must come next. A worthy investment!
CoTap, similar to other instant messaging services, gives our remote team a way to communicate as a group on the fly. It keeps messaging out of the inbox and keeps communication short and sweet.