With the onset of the pandemic, domestic chores are an inevitable reality for most of us. For those who are lucky, maintaining performance is crucial. There’s a lot of strange things at work, at home. You don’t see your colleagues’ work, body language or expressions during the sessions. There is also a tendency to lose focus on what needs to be done and give in to the temptation to drag things out.
We always want to do a good job for every employee. That is why modern problems require modern solutions. The best way to solve these problems at work, at home, is through technology; tools that can be found on smartphones. Whether for your mobile phone or your office, these applications allow you to work out of the wind.
As there are so many requests, there will be entries on this list that will be considered as screens rather than specific requests.
There are many applications for working with calendars, and you can use Google, Outlook or other applications to work with calendars on your desktop or phone. A calendar allows you to plan and organize your day in advance for various meetings, tasks, etc. You can get an overview of your week and organise it accordingly. Perhaps the most important advantage of the calendar application is that it helps you to keep you informed of any meetings that take place.
At the office, you usually contact your colleagues to check if there are any meetings. When they get up and come into the conference room, you know there’s gonna be a meeting. Working from home is different. Calendar applications keep you informed of these events. Moreover, most of these applications synchronize with your phone, especially if your office uses Outlook or Gmail for email (make sure they are synchronized on your phone!).
Throughout the day, when you work from home, you receive a lot of notifications: chats from your team, from the calendar, by email, etc. The strange thing about working from home is that the boundaries between office and leisure are blurred. After all, you work harder than you should, which can contribute to fatigue and stress.
To make sure you’re really turned off, Daywise helps you by automatically turning off all requests for a particular schedule. For example, you work regularly from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the day, all notifications from your email are automatically disabled, so you can rest the rest of the day as you wish when you leave the office. So you can clearly see when you are working and when you are resting.
If you don’t have powerful software like JIRA in your office, you should be careful with Trello. Trello is a simplified KANBAN table where you can assign commands to different areas such as cases, folders, blocked cases and completed cases. You can also prioritize these tasks to sort them from the most important to the least important. Trello also allows you to split larger tasks into smaller, more manageable subtasks so you don’t feel overwhelmed.
This is a great application to see your progress throughout the week and give you the opportunity to plan ahead. There’s just something strange about transferring a case task in the event or removing a subtask from the case list.
It’s for Mac fans, Serene is an app that can’t be distracted. If you work from home, reports are the enemy of performance. You cannot count the number of minutes lost simply by looking at the message on your phone or in your email. Serenity helps you in your day, encourages you to set a goal and achieve it for the day. The most important function is to keep you focused for a certain period of time. It also blocks annoying websites (social networks, YouTube, etc.) and blocks the phone.
If you have an Android phone, don’t worry, you can install Forest from the Google Play store. It has the same features as Serene on your phone and also improves concentration. The more you use the forest, the more trees grow on the application.
It takes about 23 minutes and 15 seconds to recover from a distraction. So, if you are working on an important project and you want it to be finished, you can get this application for your laptop or phone.
Communication applications – standby time, commands, zoom
Since there are no large messaging applications, we will summarize them all in this item in our list. As mentioned earlier, facial expression and body language are essential for teamwork. If this point is deleted, there will inevitably be misunderstandings and distortions between colleagues.
Depending on your company’s preferences, it is important for communication to have a telephone and/or an office. This enables you to communicate with your colleagues and also doubles the importance of social interaction with colleagues. Most of these messaging applications also have video chat capabilities and allow you to share your screen to better coordinate with others or create presentations for large groups online.
Desktop applications – Google Drive, Office 365
Another group of applications you should have on your desktop and/or phone are typical desktop applications. Whether you use Drive or Sharepoint/Onedrive, it is important that you have these programs available. As with messaging applications, make sure you use the same platform as your colleagues!
Probably one of the most important features of these programs is that they allow you to work in real time. Gone are the days when versions of files were transferred from one colleague to another. Both platforms allow you to collaborate with your colleagues over the internet and store them in the cloud (no more frustration about not being able to record progress in Excel or Word).
It’s hard to work from home. As experts, we want to do the best possible work in the overall situation. From coordination with team colleagues to communication and productivity in general, these applications will certainly make working from home easier!