During the global health crisis many people have made the transition to work from home.  Whilst a few people may think that this is  a dream come true, setting up office in your home comes with it’s complications. You have to ensure you have an efficient and reliable way to communicate with your colleagues, keep on top of projects, store important files online or locally and of course keep a sensible work life balance. 

Video calling

1. Zoom

One of the most popular video calling apps for professional and personal calls. Zoom has a variety of subscription options including a free one – which is great if you only need to chat for 40 minuets at a time with a handful of people. It can also be downloaded onto your desktop and your mobile. 

2. Microsoft teams

Another popular video calling app with the added bonus of instant message, file sharing and more. The call times and participants are limitless. The only downside is that you need to have a valid Microsoft 365 account. 

3. Skype

Skype is one of the OG video calling apps – it’s free, easy to set up and simple to use. You can create group chats on there, share files and send instant messages. However it isn’t exactly known for being the most reliable way to video call thanks to a few regular hiccups with the calling functions. 

Project management

4. Microsoft to-do

A simple yet efficient way to keep checklists, create projects with step by step tasks and set deadlines. Microsoft to-do is easy to use with a slick user interface that users love. You can even add team members to specific tasks and share to-do lists with them. The only requirement is that you have a Microsoft account. It can be downloaded on your desktop and phone too.

5. Teamwork

With multiple subscription options Teamwork is a great choice for those who want a project management tool with more capabilities. You can create task lists, set deadlines, create projects, add team members and more. On desktop you can also change the visualisation assets to view projects in a way that’s more suited to you. 

Online storage

6. Google drive

Anyone with a Google account can have a free Google drive where they can store pictures, videos and files up to 15GB. If you want more storage you just have to pay a small monthly subscription fee and let Google know how much storage you want.

7. Drop box

Another great storage option if you looking to start off with a free package. Dropbox allows you to store up to 2GB worth of files. Alot less than the Google Drive – however still a good idea if you’re not looking to buy into having a Google account. Also, you can pay a subscription fee to upgrade your storage space. 

8. Microsoft One Drive

With enough space for up to 5GB of files, Microsoft One Drive is a simple, no-fuss storage system if you already have a Microsoft account. Again, if you need more storage you can pay a small monthly subscription fee.   

Wellness management tools

9. Headspace

One of the top meditation apps on the app store for keeping you calm and collected. Working from home can make it difficult to separate your work and personal life and meditation is known to help with this. Not only does Headspace help you meditate, it can also help you sleep more soundly by creating the conditions for a better night’s sleep. 

10. Calm

Another top meditation app to help you keep your work and personal life separate. Complete with an array of mediation, sleep, wellness and exercise classes Calm really is an oasis for mindfulness. 

We hope this has given you some ideas on how you can stay on top of your workload when working from home. If you need any further assistance any website or online marketing projects then please don’t hesitate to contact us right here on our website. Until then, happy marketing!

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