Seven life saving FREE tools and tips for remote working productivity and wellbeing…
1. INSTANT CHAT – FREE
Stay connected with your immediate colleagues including your line manager – this shows your line manager that you are ‘online’ and keeps you all motivated knowing you are working together. There are amazing FREE tools for this, and they are usually tied in with video conferencing and screen sharing too. Options include Skype, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Teams, Facebook Messenger and Whatsapp Web (if you create a group).
2. VIDEO CONFERENCING – FREE
In response to Covid-19, Google announced this week that the premium version of Hangouts will be free until 1st July 2020 to support more people when remote working. This means you can have a video conference with up to 250 people! Screen sharing and recording meetings are other popular options.
3. TRACK YOUR TIME – FREE
There is a very cool app called Toggl. You can track the time you spend on each piece of work. You can even download a report showing a pie chart split across projects!
Prove to your boss (or yourself) how long things really take! Seeing the time ticking by as you work will help you stay disciplined and is a reminder of when it’s time to take a screen-break. It’s an eye-opener! Use on your computer web browser or as an app on your phone, completely FREE!
4. NO COMMUTE… TIME FOR A FREE WORKOUT!
Whether you choose to do this pre-work, lunchtime or post-work, there are plenty of online ways to access workouts. Downdog is a fantastic FREE yoga app with options for 10 minutes to 90-minute sessions, voice guidance, eclectic background music, all guided by a CGI instructor. Options for HIIT and Barre classes also available at downdogapp.com.
5. LIMIT HOW MUCH YOU WATCH / LISTEN TO THE NEWS!
Having the news on in the background can be a distraction. The news is a constant stream of Coronavirus updates and can take your focus away from your work.
6. LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS!
Remember Prof. Robert Kelly’s link with BBC News? Don’t be that guy! This clip went almost as viral as the Coronavirus itself.
…ONLY JOKING! INTRODUCE YOUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS!
The saying ‘keep calm and carry on’ definitely applies when your kids do show up (or show you up!) Prof. Kelly became a viral sensation and his story then became the news! He appeared back on the BBC and brought his whole family in on the act this time. If your little ones are keen to see what’s going on, then introduce them to the online video call, and, once they know what it’s all about, they will be less likely to pester you.
7. HYDRATE AND SET A SPECIFIC TIME FOR LUNCH.
Have a 2L bottle of water a day and gradually get through it. Agree on a lunchtime with your colleagues and let them know when you’ll be away from your desk.
Finally, we all know it’s best to get dressed in your smartest casuals and be ready for 9am on the dot, just to keep you motivated for the day ahead!