With 42% of the U.S. labor force working from home full-time, many of us have settled into the routine of rolling out of bed and logging on to our computer. And while this new normal saves time and adds convenience to our lives, it also comes with its fair share of new distractions and disruptions that can add up. In these “trying times” we can each use all the help we can get staying on track. With that in mind, here are 10 tools our team relies on to stay focused and productive while working from home.
Flow: This time management tool uses the Pomodoro technique to break down the workday into 25-minute intervals, separated by short breaks. This technique has been proven to enhance focus, reduce stress and eliminate procrastination. In addition, Flow also allows you to block apps so you won’t get distracted.
Teux Deux: This list management tool is a great way to organize and simplify your work life as well as your personal life. It enables you to take tasks out of your brain so you can focus on one thing at a time. Teux Deux works well on the web and also features a great mobile app.
Todoist: This task management tool helps you focus your energy on the right things without losing track of anything. From prioritizing projects to delegating tasks to setting goals, Todoist is a versatile way to stay on top of your workload.
Airtable: This project management tool offers the familiarity of a spreadsheet with the robust power of a database. Airtable is an all-in-one solution that includes a customizable database, dashboard views, 50+ prebuilt apps, automated tasks and the ability to sync with your other apps. For small teams (or families!), there’s almost no better project management tool you can get for the price.
Google Keep: This note-taking tool synchronizes across all your devices and empowers you to create, share and collaborate on notes and lists. It’s a great choice if you’re looking to capture ideas with your voice, add images to notes and check tasks off your to-do list.
Evernote: Like Google Keep, this note-taking app is an effective way to store and sync everything you could possibly imagine losing track of. From jotting down notes to saving receipts, Evernote helps you manage your everyday life and reminds you about upcoming deadlines. The absolute best thing about this tool is that it syncs seamlessly across devices, making sure your thoughts stay with you wherever you go.
Trello: This project management tool is an intuitive, visually appealing way to organize your team and stay on task throughout project timelines. Trello’s boards, lists and cards features click-and-drag functionality to make it easy to adjust projects on the fly. As an added bonus, Trello integrates with Confluence to keep your documentation up to date.
Notion: This tool consolidates the apps you use for work to help you track projects, share documents and find important information. Notion is a great way to bring clarity to your team and reduce the need to jump back and forth between apps.
Roam: This note-taking tool helps you organize your research in a more visually effective way by breaking down information into a directed graph instead of a file tree. This app is designed to connect your thoughts and group them together without having to copy and paste links.
Things: This personal task manager prevents your workload from feeling messy or overwhelming — no matter the length of your task list. Things helps you keep your place via beautiful animations and features a super-fast search tool if you get lost.
Hopefully you found a new tool in this blog that can help you save time and operate more efficiently. Here at Horizontal Talent, we know a thing or two about helping people save time, whether it’s while looking for the perfect team member or new opportunity. Want to know more about how we can help? Reach out and we’ll schedule a call with you.