Many people choose remote work to gain the benefit of a flexible work schedule. It’s especially true for freelancers and gig workers who get paid for producing results and not for just “showing up” at an office. But this flexibility comes at a price: time management problems that arise as a result of too much unstructured time.
Luckily, in today’s era, many “internet riches” can be leveraged to improve your efficiency, such as these ten tools designed to boost your remote work productivity in no time.
If you’re a remote worker, you need to keep your files organized, and you need to be able to access everything in a matter of minutes. Dropbox is the best cloud storage tool on the market. You can easily drag and drop every type of file and access it later (even if you’re offline) using any smart device.
You need to organize your tasks in the best possible manner: enter Trello, a project management tool used by millions of professionals. The app’s boards, lists, and cards allow you to prioritize your projects and streamline collaboration. Trello’s basic version is free, but the paid plans are well worth considering for their unlimited Power-Ups (app integrations) alone.
If social media’s part of your professional activities, Hootsuite’s platform can make your life easier. It’s an inbound social media management tool which synchronizes all your social profiles. Add Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and all the rest of the networks you manage. Through a dashboard, you can organize and schedule your social content. This way you’re automating this routine, leaving time for other essential tasks.
RescueTime is an app that tracks the time you spend on different apps and websites. You can see how you’re spending (or wasting) your time by measuring real statistics that speak the truth about your behavior. If you’re procrastinating a lot, this is an app which will help improve your productivity.
Hemingway App tells you whether your text is too complicated to read or not. After inserting your text into the app, you get a readability score which highlights hard-to-read sentences. But the app doesn’t just detect mistakes; it also provides helpful suggestions and corrections.
Workplace by Facebook is the new invention that will change the way people work remotely. The entire thing is brand new, but based on Facebook’s previous improvements and changes (which all became popular), companies will give this feature a great deal of attention. Through highly advanced communication channels, teams can share files, have audio and video discussions, and also benefit from many more features.
Slack is another powerful communication app that brings teams together and allows them to get more done. It lets you organize your duties, create advanced calendars with smart reminders, and collaborate more efficiently with your team. It’s undoubtedly an essential tool for remote workers.
Pocket helps you save links, pictures, and videos in one place. Once you add this extension to your browser of choice, you’re ready to “put things in your pocket.” Whenever you have free time, you can come back to all the links and content that you didn’t have the opportunity to consume before.
F.lux is a screen protection app which reduces the blue light that comes from your devices. Believe it or not, blue light hurts your eyes and decreases your productivity. Give this tool a quick peek and see if it’s worth your attention.
Stayfocusd is a smart web application intended to eliminate time-distracting activities from your work time. You can enable this app to block different websites such as Facebook or YouTube. It’s basically a leash that you set to keep your procrastinating spirit from rising over and over again!
Every remote worker should take advantage of today’s technology to improve their performance at work. Try using them for a couple of days. Get accustomed to them and see if they’re helpful. There’s nothing to lose—remember, the delete button is only a few gestures or keystrokes away.