Remote Working Tools 🛠

Linds
Linds Mural Alum ✭✭✭

Remote work these days is just known as "work" for a lot of us!

We want to hear about what makes your remote working situation successful. What are your essential tools for remote work?

Sound off on your WFH tech stack! and if you have any gadgets for your physical remote working space, we want to hear about those, too!

I'll start! I started working remotely in 2018 and I had NO IDEA how helpful the following things would be to my career, and my sanity.

  • Google Calendar - to manage my time so that I hit that perfect work-life balance ☯
  • A Password Management Tool - 1Password and LastPass are 👍
  • A laptop stand 👩🏼‍💻

And now I am so happy to add MURAL to that list! It's quickly becoming my favorite.


Your turn! Reply below so we can share and compare!

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  • Jonelle
    Jonelle ✭✭

    Oh, awesome! Just downloaded Rocket, thank you!

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] ✭✭✭

    Ooh I snagged pomegranate. I use the bear timer app on my phone. It keeps my phone down during the day and I get to look at cute bear pictures when it's break!


  • lorna182
    lorna182 ✭✭

    LastPass I will swear by!

    Trello/Microsoft Planner to organise and manage my workload

    ColorZilla - Chrome extension - grab colours from web pages/images. Can't live without it!

    Video Popout - Chrome extension - watch those videos whilst working productively! What a life saver

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] ✭✭✭

    @lorna182 checking out Last Pass right now! I've been looking for a good password manager for my home system 🎆✨ Trello is my first love of project management tools. We use Asana here, and I am quickly becoming enamored with in.

  • lorna182
    lorna182 ✭✭

    @Amanda it's a pain setting it up at first, but once you've done that it's legit the best thing ever! So handy

    Ooh I've not heard of Asana, but I do love project management tools!

  • Chris_W
    Chris_W ✭✭
    1. The Clock - For working with global teams. I can rapidly see what time it is for each person. I can even label the time zone with their names!
    2. Presentify - Must have for facilitating online workshops. It highlights my mouse cursor with a customizable color circle
    3. Rad Ball - I put one of these on the floor, and roll it under the sole of my foot. It is a great self massage tool!
  • I really enjoy Shuffleboard for gathering written feedback during virtual presentations.

  • mtarnawska
    mtarnawska MCN ✭✭

    Great question!


    So in my remote work really helpful are these widgets/apps/tools:

    1. Slack (for team communication) + Podio (for project management
    2. Google Meet (all online meetings and workshop)
    3. mmhmm to create a great video materials (in very interesting formats!)
    4. Loom to record a short audio responds/tutorials for my team or clients
    5. Calendly to easy book all meetings
    6. Coda to collect all important news and create an interactive docs
    7. Mentimeter engage my workshops' users :)
    8. ... and of course last but not least MURAL to have everything in one place :)
  • erikadweber
    erikadweber ✭✭

    Love this! Here are my favs:

    • Slack
    • Teams
    • MURAL - of course - literally couldn't do my job without this tool
    • Azure
  • ⏩ I really dig using Shift, which collects all the various web apps I use for my business into an app-based interface, rather than having to juggle 50 open tabs all the time.

    ✅ I use Trello for all sorts of projects, side-projects, lists, people to follow up, tasks... you name it! So versatile.

    📕 I use booky.io for bookmarks; I just like the way it visually arranges groups of bookmarks (and I have A LOT of bookmarks! for all sorts of things).

    ✨ I'm a total playbook/workshop activity junkie, and I often dig into resources like toolboxtoolbox, SessionLab, Liberating Structures, and Hyper Island Toolbox. I'm also an icebreaker junkie, and I collect a lot here: Remote-Friendly Icebreakers!

  • [Deleted User]
    [Deleted User] ✭✭✭

    @bencrothers, these are great. I'm checking out shift and booky! Also that remote-friendly Icebreakers is amazing. I snagged a copy on Amazon!

  • @Amanda ah thank you very much! Much appreciated.

  • This isnt necessarily for remote work only, but I found Dot Focus and am really liking it. Check it out!

  • @Beth Hi! Just made an account to say thanks for mentioning my project Dot Focus. I'm still working on improving it, but I'm glad you found it useful. This is a cool community!

  • Depends on what the tool is being used for but happy to share some of my faves! (:

    1. Airtable for beautiful spreadsheets/ databases
    2. Google Meet for Video Meetings
    3. Swit for team chat + task management
    4. Bookmark Folders on browsers for most visited page pages
    5. Google Drive for all the documents

  • Want to add my cents: https://calendly-alternatives.org/ for appointments scheduling.
    Calendly, Acuity Scheduling, Setmore, 10to8 are the top ones I can think of.
    As for me, I'm just starting the get setup with Acuity Scheduling and have been impressed with its functionality.