Staying focused and productive while working from home has been an area of transition for some professionals – albeit a welcome one, for the most part, in the tech space. According to CNBC|SurveyMonkey’s most recent Workforce Happiness Index, out of 9,059 participants, 46% of technology workers polled say that they are very satisfied with their jobs, with 41% reporting increased happiness while working in a remote environment.
No matter the industry, however, working from home is not exempt from its challenges – which is why we’ve put together a short list of tools that may already be at your fingertips. Feel free to pass these along to anyone in your network that you think could benefit!
- Microsoft To-Do (iOS | Android): If you already use the mobile application of Microsoft Outlook, you may have wondered where your Tasks have run off to. While Tasks are not supported on the native Outlook app, Microsoft To-Do syncs your Outlook Tasks right to your smartphone with a clean and concise interface.
- The Pomodoro Technique: Developed in the 1980’s by Francisco Cirillo, owner of Cirillo Consulting, the Pomodoro Technique is an interval-based approach to accomplishing tasks. Based off of the tomato kitchen timer, the idea is to commit to a task with no distractions for 25 minutes, followed by a 5-minue break. This interval of time is referred to as a “Pomodoro”. To excel at this technique, perform four Pomorodos, then take a longer break of 20 to 30 minutes before repeating the sequence.
Due to the minimal investment involved, many have found success using this technique. While there are many mobile and web apps to choose from, you can use any timer to carry out this technique. If so inclined, a Google search for “25 minute timer” will start a in your web browser as you work.
- App Integrations via Slack (iOS | Android): Slack is so much more than an instant messaging and file-sharing platform. Depending on your goals or those of your team, its free plan might be worth considering. In addition to unlimited channel and video calls, it includes integration of up to 10 apps that you and your team may already use for task and project management purposes, such Asana, Zoom, Dropbox, or your Outlook Calendar.
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