As shown by Facebook’s latest efforts to build a groundbreaking 630,000 square ft. on site apartment complex it should come as no surprise that more and more people are attempting to transform their work from home environments into sustainable, technologically advanced workplaces. As attractive as the idea is in theory, the truth is that keeping up with daily work from home productivity can be an incredible challenge. Point blank – a major part of this problem is directly tied to device dependency. How many devices do you have? To make matters worse, the solutions these devices are here to solve ( i.e, communication dilemmas, constructive time management, workflow consolidation, etc.), are a major part of the problem. After all, how many devices can one actually keep up with?
I understand how important having a smooth ‘at home work flow’ is, we’ve discovered and created a list of apps that we think may help you in categorizing, minimizing, and strategizing your at home office space. After all, when it comes to working from home, multitasking is key.
Anyone who’s been online for the longest time know how passwords to manifold accounts can pile up. Most end up using the same password across all online accounts just so they won’t end up forgetting their login details. Needless to say, this is not a secure practice. With 1Password, all you’ll need to do is come up with a master pass key to the app, and it will then store and even logon to your online accounts for you. What's better is 1Password can generate hard to crack passwords for you, provide you with amazing customer support, and keep you current and up to date with any changes through their blog. For reasons like these and more, 1Password is an ideal 'must' for any work from home enthusiast.
2. Key Ring
Presumably more than once, when working from home is the norm, you've probably found yourself rushing off to the office supply or grocery store for one reason or another. If this sounds like you (or me, for that matter), juggling between home and work life at a moments notice can be a difficult task manage. If you're trying to save on time or money, well you might just be up a creek without a paddle. Luckily, with Key Ring all of the above is made super easy. The app provides you with a way to easily scan and save all of your loyalty cards in one place, while at the same time informs you of any available rewards programs or special coupons and discounts. Should you happen to find any programs that you like, simply choose and the app will do the signing up for you, too.
Lost time. Is there really anything more frustrating? There you are, busy with work, yet you just can’t seem to find that focus to finally get on with the task at hand. Let Pomodoro Timer Lite assist you. A nifty time management app, Pomodoro Timer Lite is a timer that sets off every 25 minutes to remind you to take a break.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you can save anything you want from the web directly onto your phone without the need to log on to the site every single time? Pocket is an app that does just this. Save anything from photographs, to articles, and even videos directly from the browser to your desktop computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. What’s best, you don’t even have to have an internet connection to access these saved data later.
Managing your finances has never been this efficient with Mint. It provides you with real-time access to your savings and credit account balances to ensure that you have sufficient funds to make that online purchase. And you need not worry as the app is password-protected so should you happen to lose your phone, no one would be able to access your financial information.
Consolidating all of your contacts from all of your online and social media accounts used to a tedious task. But with Brewster, this will no longer be the case. The app will synchronize all of your accounts and obtain all of your contacts’ information into one easy to access and easy to view interface.
Evernote takes note-taking to the next level. With the app, snapping pictures, recording reminders, taking notes, and creating to-do lists can be done with ease. Evernote also synchronizes your data from all of your devices and stores them in one location so that you won’t have trouble finding them later.
With tons of work at hand, remembering what to buy during that impromptu trip to the grocery store can be a headache, not to mention a complete waste of time as well as gasoline. With Remember the Milk, you can create to-do lists quickly and never again have to waste time trying to remember to do certain things.
Having access to your data at all times, whether you’re at home, in the office, or overseas is crucial. With Dropbox, this is now possible. It is an app that lets you store files online so that you can access them whenever required. Dropbox can be synchronized on your desktop computer, laptop, or smartphone as well so that you can still view files even without accessing the web.
Not being able to keep track of multiple deadlines is a guaranteed productivity killer. Avoid this from happening by utilizing Yast. The app informs you of when specific projects have to be completed so that you won’t ever have to miss a crucial deadline again.
Do you have a favorite app that helps you boost your productivity when working from home? Share them with us in the comments below!