Adapting to working remotely from an out of office setting is not as simple as falling on your couch with your laptop. Here are the tools you need for remote work success in any scenario:
Getting Feedback: Google Doc
When to use it: You’ve written a brilliant manifesto and are ready for comments from the team.
- Comment back and forth with as many people as needed. See all changes in “Revision history.”
- Communicate asynchronously for flexible schedules (and timezones!)
Organize your Digital Workspace: OneTab
When to use it: You have 50 browser tabs open and you can never find the one you need.
- Converts all your tabs into a single list to easily find later. Dramatically reduces CPU memory.
- Order the list priority with drag and drop.
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Quick Communication: Slack
When to use it: You have a question or comment that isn’t urgent and merely requires a short answer.
- Slack’s chat “feed” is an ephemeral experience.
- Your teammates can answer whenever they get a chance to check it.
- It’s less disruptive than a video call and easier to surface than email.
When you need some appreciation: CloudDesk
When to use it: You’re willing to give extra effort for the company
- An employer can easily see all your activities
- Gives you a sense of accountability that improves your productivity
- The extra hours that you are spending to work are getting logged.
Deeper Discussion: Zoom
When to use it: You need to hash out a process, a problem, or a brainstorming session.
- Face to face (even on video) is a better way to understand someone’s tone.
- Complex ideas can be explained in a cleaner way.
- Less time consuming than typing.
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Connect All Apps Together: Trello
When to use it: Different teams are working on the same project in different apps.
- Keeps communication in one place and removes complex email chains.
- Power-ups connect apps like Slack, GitHub, Google Drive, & Evernote together with Trello.
- Shows project progress without needing to bug other people.
Team Bonding: CircleCare
When to use it: You’re working with a distributed group of team members.
- Share and engage with your colleagues in a private feed
- Show appreciation to good works and vice versa
- Learn and share health and diet tips
- Participate in fun contests