For most people, the lockdown in Lagos, Abuja and Ogun states has changed how they work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of people have had to make the switch from going out to work every day to having to work from home.
With this in mind, it’s important to consider the challenges of getting tasks done from the comfort of your own home.
Communication and collaboration are an obvious barrier when you’re working in a different location to your teammates and there is the issue of distractions at home.
These are challenges we’re addressing in this article and all of the apps we’re looking at today may help you overcome these.
Slack is an app that makes it easier and faster to communicate and collaborate with your team in regards to projects, deadlines, tasks, and more. At its most basic form, you can message or call the people you work with, as well as share files and documents with them.
Managing tasks requires simplicity, and Todoist offers that in the form of an intelligent to-do list app. All you really need to do is create a task and the Todoist app will schedule a reminder for it automatically, and it will file the task into your meetings section. Your tasks can easily be organized, prioritized, and delegated to the right people so that they always get done in a timely fashion.
Trello makes organizing, collaborating, and completing your projects much easier. Workflows are visualized with boards, lists, and cards that focus on specific tasks, such as sending an email newsletter or meeting with a client. Trello makes it easier to keep your work life organized from one place.
Google Drive is one of the most popular file management apps, giving you 15 GB of free storage to store, edit, and share documents, PDFs, photos and videos. You can also collaborate on files, and depending on the permissions you set, others can view, comment, and edit your uploaded files.
LastPass is a password manager and generator that can be used to generate strong passwords and store them all in one place. Once you set up your LastPass, you can have your usernames and passwords auto-filled in your apps and web browser, making it both safer and easier to log in.
Evernote can be used to take notes and access them from any one of your devices. You can add word documents, videos, photos, PDFs, and voice memos to your notes, and use your camera to capture and scan written notes or printed documents. Evernote also integrates with many other productivity apps, which gives it an edge over other note apps.
Pocket, formerly known as Read It Later, allows users to save stories, articles, videos, and more from any publisher or app so that you can read it later. Pocket lets you check out your saved content from all of your devices, and if you’re always on-the-go, there’s a listen-to feature that turns your content into audio.
XMind is a mind-mapping app that enables you to structure your ideas in several different mind map diagrams, including Fishbone Chart, Matrix, Timeline, and Org Chart. Mind-mapping is an easier way to take down meeting ideas, lecture notes, and more in a visual manner that helps you better structure, analyze, and understand different concepts.
Hootsuite is a social media management app that allows you to update your company’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn pages from the same screen without having to log in to each individual platform.
RescueTime brings attention and insight into your actual habits. It is a time-tracking tool that records the apps you use, the websites you visit, and the breaks you take while working. That way, you can see exactly how you spent your time on the computer.
It all comes down to productivity.
These productivity tools will give the advantage you need in terms of getting more done, faster. This will enable you to develop healthy working habits because you can afford to, knowing that you’ve already done enough today.