8 great apps for working remotely


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You can’t make it through the work day without using at least two work-focused apps on your phone or computer. Apps like these are especially crucial for remote workers, who can’t access many of the functions and devices that in-house employees can. Not to worry, though — a few companies have developed apps to meet every remote worker’s needs and help them be more productive.

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1. Slack

It’s rare to work for a company that doesn’t use Slack for office-wide communication these days. Slack’s group chats and private channels help keep every team member connected and on task. Single channels can be created to discuss projects and members can be tagged in any conversation whenever they’re needed. Slack also integrates with apps like Drive, making it easy for the entire group to access important documents.

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2. Trello

Like Slack, Trello allows you to organize projects with process cards. Users can also add collaborators wherever they are needed and include links to articles or drafts. Trello can also serve as a well-oiled to-do list for single users, as they can map project cards according to their work and easily move them around as timelines change. Managers can also create a Trello board, which allows their team to sign up for new projects without having to send an email.

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3. Brain.fm

Distractions happen no matter where you work. Brain.fm combats this issue by creating soundtracks that are specific to your work or relaxation needs. You can customize every facet of your soundtrack from length to genre. Whether you do your best work while listening to action music or need to unwind with some easy listening, Brain.fm has you covered.

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4. DeskTime

Many companies use DeskTime for its high-level productivity tracking. The app monitors working hours and breaks them down into productive, effective and wasted time. While DeskTime was designed to help managers monitor their team’s productivity, it can be a great way for individuals to track their own progress. You can examine your work day, evaluate your time usage and plan self-improvement strategies and future deadlines accordingly.

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5. Genius Scan

Employees complete more work online than ever before, but still the odd physical document that requires a real signature crops up from time to time. Grizzly Labs created Genius Scan to handle your offline document needs. The app is basically a camera that flattens documents and enhances their appearance as needed without taking up valuable desk space.

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6. Zoom

Skype and FaceTime are great virtual meeting solutions on their own, but Zoom enhances these meetings with additional options like screen sharing and webinars. The app even lets you record meetings and generate transcripts.

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7. World Clock

It’s not uncommon for companies to span multiple time zones nowadays. World Clock Meeting Planner allows you to include multiple time zones in your meeting requests so that you don’t, say, accidentally suggest that a teammate in China call you at 3 a.m. Participants can load their time zones into the app and it will automatically update whenever they select their availability.

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8. Headspace

Yoga, meditation and quiet rooms have become a big part of contemporary office culture, so it’s only fair that remote workers also get some zen time. Headspace is a sound-fueled app that, unlike Brain.fm, wants you to stop working when you tune in. You can use Headspace to listen anywhere and even offline, making it easier to get some peace and quiet on busy days.

This article originally appeared on SpaceIQ.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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Jeff Revoy

Jeff Revoy is a senior executive with leadership achievements spanning all company operations including CEO, sales, marketing, and product development. Most recently, he co-founded his 3rd company, SpaceIQ - a workplace management and real estate platform that is helping companies like Tesla, Snap, Nasdaq, Slack and more better manage one of their most valuable assets - The Workplace! He regularly writes and speaks on topics related to leadership, company culture, and future trends in real estate and workplace market.