As a travel blogger, you might be surprised to learn that I work from home more than anywhere else! On top of being a digital nomad, I’ve had to learn the ins-and-outs of how to work from home or wherever I take work with me.
Working remotely has so many benefits, like setting your own schedule or not having to take the metro to work at 7 am. But when working from home or on the road (as we did during van life), getting into a productive work routine can be quite the challenge!
This is why I decided to create this guide on the tips and tools I personally use for my remote work. Whether I’m working from home, in a van, or in a hotel for a travel collaboration, these are the techniques and tools I use to stay focused.
Here are 21 tips and tools for working remotely that you can implement today to start boosting productivity!
10 Tools to Help Boost Productivity and Organization
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If you’re new to remote work, adjusting to working from home (or on the road) can be just plain frustrating. After all, you are having to get used to a new routine! Here are my tried-and-tested tools and tips for working remotely that will help boost your productivity and efficiency.
Which tools are the best for remote work? The answer depends on who you ask because there are two types of remote work tools. (Usually, people have a preference for one or the other.)
One is digital tools such as productivity apps, spreadsheets, online to-do lists, etc., and the other is physical stationery such as good ‘ole pen and paper, notebooks, planners, and so on.
The Content Planner — The ultimate curated content planner (created by #bossbabe Kat Gaskin) for getting ultra-organized with your business and social media. Includes a fillable 15-month calendar, at-a-glance monthly spreads, colorful stickers and tabs, goal setting inspiration, dream space pages, and more.
Notebook — Studies show that writing things down actually makes you more productive. So keep a trusty writing notebook just for work purposes. It helps you keep track of your progress and free-flowing ideas, with a little extra room for doodling.
Personal whiteboard — You can use a whiteboard for remote work to quickly and visually display your ideas, special reminders, and more. find that having a mini whiteboard with markers really improves my workflow! It’s a great way to be creative without cluttering up a work notebook.
Bullet Journal — Have you heard of bullet journaling yet? It’s the streamlined version of writing down a to-do list mixed with meditation and journaling. BuJo users call this ‘Rapid Logging‘ and people all over the world attest to its effectiveness on boosting productivity and organization.
Todoist — My go-to online tool for organizing my neverending to-do list! Todoist helps simplify ideas, lists, and projects with their user-friendly platform. Set dates, reminders, and receive notifications for deadlines.
Google Suite — Google Suite is the ultimate powerhouse toolkit for organizing your remote work. It includes Google’s core cloud-based platforms like Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets (Excel), Slides, Hangouts, Calendar, and more.
Monday.com — A simple and effective online tool created to streamline work-sharing across remote teams in one digital workspace. Easily visualize completed work, pending, and incomplete work with colorful categories and tabs to organize boards.
Slack — Send, share, and organize messages across groups and teams with this online messaging platform for businesses. Create private or group chats, organize projects and more. You can also connect Slack with other integrative apps to share tasks across platforms.
Trello — If Pinterest met Todoist met the Monday app, that’s Trello! Trello is an online tool designed to visually organize your workload. Create boards for projects, personalize them with color codes, archive completed tasks, set deadlines, track progress, and more!