Improve your focus, organization, and efficiency. Going into the office sure isn’t what it used to be. Below are six apps that could prove to be invaluable for your own work-from-home environment. Try them all out and see which work for you,whether you’re working from home only temporarily or for the long haul.
No matter what sort of software your job officially relies on for task tracking,assuming your employer provides you with some sort of corporate tool, Trello will give you a leg up on everyone else by providing a flexible framework for your newly independent organization.
At its core, Trello is a series of boards, each with a collection of card-filled columns. And every card represents some sort of task—a single item, a checklist of multiple items, or even an image or attachment. Trello is basically you’re the virtual assistant of your at-home office. Trello can help you organize everything from project ideas and basic tasks to intricate at-home workouts.
Tune out the quarantine-era noise
Check out a service called Brain.fm, which uses scientific data to create “strong neural phase locking”—special sorts of music that supposedly have the ability to “remove distraction in sound” and “steer you into a desired mental state.
Keep remote software from kicking you out
Software sometimes does this in the name of security: Particularly when you aren’t in an on-site office, inactivity is taken as a sign that you’re no longer at your computer, which means someone else could have theoretically taken your place. And so, the software signs you out to make sure no such lurkers gain access in your absence.
The secret to getting around this annoyance is a handy little Chrome extension called Super Auto Refresh Plus. (Sadly, it isn’t available for Firefox.) Add it into your browser, then open the site you want to stay signed in to and either right-click anywhere on the page or click the extension’s icon next to your address bar. Select the option to refresh the page every 10 minutes, then leave that tab alone and open a second instance of the site to work in.
Your original tab will maintain the appearance of activity by refreshing itself every 10 minutes, which will keep the tab you’re actually working in from ever timing out.
Keep track of your unanswered emails
With everyone working from home, electronic communication is piling up faster than ever—and that means it’s all too easy for someone to inadvertently fail to respond to an important email you send.
On its own, Gmail doesn’t have a great way to stay on top of that. But the Boomerang for Gmail add-on (available for both Chrome and Firefox) adds a function into your regular Gmail inbox that’ll save you endless organizational agony. In short, it lets you instruct a message to return to your inbox after a certain number of days only if it hasn’t received a reply.
All you do is check a box at the bottom of the standard Gmail compose tool, tell the service how long you want it to wait before bringing the message back to your attention, and then send your email like you normally would. If the message gets a reply by the time your return date arrives, nothing more will happen. If it doesn’t, Boomerang will zap it back to your attention so you can remember to follow up.
Sign on the virtual line
The days of signing physical papers in the office are mostly over for now but signing stuff from home doesn’t have to be a hassle. In fact, it can be quite easy.
Just snag the free Adobe Fill & Sign app (for Android or iOS). It lets you create and save signatures that you can then plop onto any PDF with a couple quick taps. You can add in regular text, too—such as the current date or your mailing address—and then save the form or share it directly into another app for simple sending.
Track your expenses the easy way
Depending on the specifics of your arrangement, working from home might allow you to write off certain expenses when tax time comes around. If you think that’s the case for you—or even if your company is just reimbursing you for certain things—do yourself a favor and sign up for Expensify.
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