Tips and tools for working from home

Today, more than ever, many people have traded the daily commute and connections with colleagues for a walk to the kitchen and connecting to a laptop.

I’ve been working from home for almost 15 years. If you count the time I was put on preventive maternity leave, I have been home for over 15 years! I went into business when my daughter was 3 months old. At the time, like many of us feel today … alone, isolated and anxious!

In the last year, I feel that my experience has helped people to make this transition. At the time of this article, no one knows when we’ll be able to reintegrate offices full-time. For some, maybe this will be a blend of remote and in-office work. Regardless of your situation, there are great tools to ensure that you make the most out of working from home.

But first, a word of warning … Working from home requires discipline! This requires you to start your day as if you were about to work outside the home. This means waking up at the same time every morning, having a shower, getting dressed in something other than pajamas or sweatpants … eating breakfast and showing up at your computer at the same time you’d be showing up for work. In other words, stick to the same routine you had before a pandemic took the world by storm.

Here are a few tools that I use regularly in my online business. Make sure to click on the links and see how these can work for you.

  • To manage projects and share tasks with your team, Asana is a must! It has tons of features, including workspaces, projects, tasks, labels, notes, comments, and an inbox that updates everything in real time. It’s the perfect tool to share tasks with co-workers and managing projects. It’s free for individuals and teams under 15 people and their premium plans are affordable.

 

  • Did you know that if you have any of the Microsoft Office suites, you have access to a personal cloud storage?Microsoft One Drive (similar to Google Drive) shows up like the Documents folder on your computer and allows you to create, save and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint and One Note documents with your colleagues and clients .

 

  • Is your team used to having weekly or daily meetings? Are you looking for an easy and affordable way to hold important meetings or to just keep in touch? Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock since the beginning of the pandemic, you know that Zoom has got you covered! It’s a user-friendly, reliable cloud platform made for video and audio conferencing and coaches around the world have been using it to teach online courses and webinars. Zoom allows you to see and speak with co-workers and clients in real time and gives you the option to share your screen with others, which greatly helps when working on team projects. The free version is ideal for group meetings that last under 40 minutes and host up to 100 attendees and is unlimited for 1 to 1 meetings. Click here for all available plans. 

 

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