Now that most of us have converted our homes into working spaces, it’s time we understand how to adapt to this new environment effectively. Some people swear by maintaining their focus without using too much technology, but there’s no denying that modern tools can actually help to increase our efficiency.

If you haven’t explored technological solutions and modern apps for your home office, it’s high time that you do. We’ve got a list of the 5 best tools you can utilise to boost your productivity at home.

#1: Video calling software
It’s important to communicate with fellow peers and co-workers no matter where you’re working from – be it a proper office or your home. Video chatting software and apps are found in abundance today and can be used to hold conferences with multiple people. Skype is one good tool to consider. It’s easy to use, and it’s free!

#2: File sharing and backup
Accidents can happen when you’re working from home. That’s why it’s important to always keep your documents and files backed up. This can be done through an online cloud service like OneDrive or Google Drive that automatically backs up your files.

Most of these file backup tools also allow easy access and sharing so you can share your work and projects with your colleagues as well.

#3: Calendar
An advanced calendar app like Outlook or Any.do can keep your schedule organised for you no matter where you work from. Most modern calendar apps let you annotate dates and set reminders to help you stay more focused on your work. If you haven’t already, do add these dates from the Ministry of Manpower website into your calendar to track the national holidays - https://www.mom.gov.sg/employment-practices/public-holidays

#4: Time Tracker
Time tracking apps such as Clockify and Toggl are also excellent for maintaining a more productive routine at home. These apps offer features that can help you keep track of the time needed for a project, remind you to take a break or set other functional reminders. Some tools even feature idle time detection, to help you win back your time.

#5: Relaxation apps
Everyone needs a break sometimes to get recharged. Meditation and other forms of relaxation apps can help you take a 10 min breather and revitalize. Popular apps in this category include Headspace and Calm. Working at home may elevate your stress and anxiety levels, so actively practising mindfulness to avoid burnout.

The current pandemic has caused widespread turmoil across the world. As we adapt to the ‘new normal’, let’s utilise all the best tools to increase our productivity and stay safe whilst working from home.