February 26, 2021
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At this point, I am sure that you have gotten used to working from home. You probably even had to come up with creative ways to stay connected with your team remotely. Of course, we're all on the COVID-19 vaccine – but for some of us, working from home has become the new norm.
I'm sure you've been surrounded by loads of productivity and collaboration tools by now – but here are a few more options that may have ended up under the radar. I would download it now and experiment with it so that you can continue this summer more fertile and productive, but less stressful.
Calendar is a free app available on the web, Android, and iOS that uses machine learning algorithms to provide intelligent planning capabilities. That's just a technical way of saying it learns your schedule and interactions in order to automate meetings and events.
The calendar also sends automatic invitations and even updates when the schedule changes. In addition, it integrates with all connected calendars, including Google Calendar, Outlook or Apple Calendar.
But that's not all. Calendar also syncs with leading project management, sales and marketing, and video conferencing tools. There's also analytics and multiple calendar views so you can easily see how you're spending your time or what's coming up.
While there is a free option, you might want to choose the Pro plan for just $ 8 / month. It offers additional features such as unlimited planning slots and telephone support.
When it comes to the best to-do app, Todoist is the king of the hill. The reason? It's packed with intuitive features, namely natural language input and productivity reports.
Since it works on pretty much any device, you can sync and view your lists from anywhere. That is, if you have added a task, e.g. For example, if you email a meeting agenda from your laptop, you can update or receive reminders on your iPhone or Apple Watch.
For a free app, you can't complain about the user interface. It's clean and easy to read. Todoist also plays well with the Google and Outlook suite of tools, as well as Slack. And the free version lets you collaborate with up to five people – paid versions start at just $ 3 / month.
If you work with others, you definitely need a collaboration tool. At the moment this platform is monday.com – which won the Webby Award 2020 for Productivity in the Apps, Mobile & Voice category.
What sets monday.com apart is its bright and straightforward user interface. In fact, the company claims you can have everything set up in just five minutes. Then you have a one-stop virtual platform where you and your team can work, communicate and interact with each other – as if you were in the same workspace together.
It also integrates with a wide variety of tools such as Gmail, Outlook, Microsoft Teams, Slack, Zoom, and LinkedIn. Need more Monday.com automates repetitive tasks and allows you to visualize your work with calendar, timeline and Kanban views.
If there is a downside, monday.com can get expensive. For example, the Basic Plan starts at $ 8 / per seat.
Are you looking for a way to repeat the personal high fives you used to have with your team? Thanks to Kudos, you can now give your peeps a virtual high five.
Kudos is an employee recognition program that comes with features like real team feedback and a built-in social feature for team celebrations. You can also reward high performing team members with a points system using local gift cards or global eGift cards.
This, in turn, will improve your culture and help keep your top talent. And to sweeten the pot, Kudos has received 19 badges and a number 72 in the Best Software Awards from G2.
Are you missing those brainstorming sessions with your team? You know, the ones where people were frantically scribbling on a whiteboard. Or was the office full of sticky notes?
Mural cannot exactly replace these face-to-face meetings. But it can get pretty tight. That's because you can generate different types of virtual brainstorms and meetings.
There is also a timer so you can stay on schedule and comment and speak quickly. After a free trial, plans start at $ 12 per user per month.
Here's another tool designed specifically for collaboration and project management – no matter the size of your business. However, ClickUp also promises to be the "one app to replace them all as it also includes:
Documents and tables
Screenshots and recording
Email and chat
In addition, it can be integrated with other tools that you use such as Google Drive, Outlook, Slack, Zoom, Dropbox. This tool pretty much replaces all of the other productivity tools you've used. This saves you time because you don't have to switch between platforms.
While there is a free plan – a more robust option starts at just $ 5 per member per month.
Since you're most likely already using Zoom, you may want to take a closer look at OnZoom. It describes itself as an online event platform and marketplace. The public beta was released in October 2020 and can be used to attend or create events, including concerts, virtual trips, and classes from Yoga to Overcoming Burnout.
For savvy entrepreneurs, this can be a way to grow or start a business. Or it could be a great tool to help you learn new skills or make the most of your downtime.
For Slack users, this is a handy app that allows you to keep track of ongoing status updates. In return, you don't have to schedule as many meetings. Instead, sign up and fill out the check-in box to let others know about your daily plans.
The area can also be used to provide updates so everyone is in sync. You can also share your mood and ask questions to check your team's morale. Overall, Range is a great tool that not only stays on track with projects, but also promotes a connected culture.
One of the main disadvantages of working from home is that you are “always on”. Think about it. From waking to falling asleep, you are connected to your devices.
Ultimately, this makes it harder to separate your personal life from your professional life. Worse, sticking to your electronics all day can damage your productivity and health. Fortunately, YourHour is an app that can make this problem a thing of the past.
It's essentially a productivity tracking tool that keeps track of how long you've been on your phone. It even shows you how often you check your phone. Knowing this, you can change this habit so that you become less dependent on your phone.
Finally there is noisli. Again, the app is pretty simple. It only offers background noise to mask annoying background noise at home to improve your focus.
Nosli is free for one user. However, if you want to gift the app to your team, plans start at $ 10 / month. You can download the app from the App Store, Google Play, or the Chrome Web Store.
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