If you work remotely or on a flexible schedule, you are part of the future of work. The modern workforce is growing increasingly unleashed: According to a Gallup poll, 43 percent of Americans said they spent at least some time working remote in 2017, compared to 39 percent in 2012.
While remote work gives us freedom and flexibility, it also comes with challenges. Smart tech hacks can help. The best tech is not only indispensable but also feels like a fact of life: We reach for it, again and again, to make our remote lives doable.
The following apps and platforms come vetted by our “Well” community of colleagues and friends – all of them remote work superstars.
For Your To-Do List: Evernote And Trello
Lists are productivity powerhouses – but Post-Its are so last century. Try a mobile app like Evernote, which keeps all your notes and memos organized, searchable and synched up across your devices. You can even scan your handwritten notes into the app, alongside your typed ones.
With its color-coded interface, Trello makes to-dos shareable with your colleagues, clients or collaborators. This web-based platform is like a virtual vision board with lists and cards that help you organize what needs to be done, what’s in process and what’s complete. You can create new boards for different projects, and drag and drop cards as needed.
For Productivity: Superhuman
The average worker spends close to three hours a day on email. If you want to zip through your inbox like you have superpowers, Superhuman claims to offer the fastest and cleanest email experience around. Several features optimize productivity, including the ability to send later, set follow-up reminders, undo send and see exactly when recipients open your emails and attachments.
At the moment, Superhuman has a waitlist (the quickest way to gain access is to request an invite from someone who already uses it) and it’s pricey at $30/month, but some rave reviews suggest it’s worth it. Ask me for an invite!
For Creativity: reMarkable
If you are a pen and paper note-taker like me, try reMarkable for note-taking and creative scribbling. This handy “paper” tablet (and pen) lets you convert handwritten notes into text, enables sharing your notes with team members and works across mobile and desktop devices. Best of all, there are no distractions because reMarkable is separate from email, social media and notifications.
For Connecting People: Donut And HeyTaco!
If you already use Slack, the group messaging app and collaboration hub, you can get to know your teammates better with various “Slackbots.” Donut is one such bot, and it promises to help build company culture; what’s great for remote workers is that it can acquaint you with coworkers you otherwise might not meet. HeyTaco! lets teammates recognize and celebrate each other for a job well done, boosting engagement and morale, no matter where you have your workspace.
For The Globetrotter: Award Magic
For work or pleasure (remote workers need vacations, too), Award Magic is a secret weapon that helps jet-setters get the best possible value out of airline rewards miles. In addition to doing all the searching and reading the fine print for you, they’ll book your itinerary, too. Last year, Award Magic got my family of five to Japan, Vietnam, Hong Kong and back to New York City, all on miles!
For Conferences: Your Smartphone Camera
My favorite conference hack for someone who can’t remember names? Take a picture with your phone of their face while they hold up their name tag. Then you can match the face to the name later in the week.
For Eye Strain: f.lux And Blue Light Blocking Glasses
If the harsh blue light from your computer is giving you the blues, especially at night, there’s a fix for that. Download f.lux software for free and it will adjust the color of your computer screen based on the time of day. “This saved my brain from the blue light,” says Cristyn Girolami, chief people officer at Upside Business Travel, who also recommends blue light blocking glasses to prevent eye strain and headaches.
For Health: Peloton And Calm
Remote or flexible work can be intense, especially when the boundaries between work and life get fuzzy. You’ll be saner – and more productive – if you keep fit, and digital hacks will help here, too. If you’re a spin fan you can invest in a Peloton bike, which comes with access to live, on-demand spin classes on the bike’s mounted screen. (Short on time? The New York Times has a great 7-minute workout app you can download. Bonus: You can do the workout anywhere.)
And at the end of the day… Calm “sleep stories” have saved me from a sleeping pill addiction. Grown-up stories to lull you to sleep. Try it out!
Reposted from forbes.com
Original article can be found at https://www.forbes.com/sites/manondefelice/2019/04/11/the-best-tech-for-working-remote-in-2019/#18923a7a281d