5 Apps To Help Increase Productivity
by Ashley Lilly, on Mar 31, 2020
If you’re wondering how your team can maintain communication, manage projects effectively, and share work quickly when team members are working remotely or in different timezones, no need to worry. We’re sharing our most preferred (and powerful!) productivity apps that help our team better together!
You’ll notice that the productivity apps we recommend fulfill a variety of purposes. That’s because productivity looks different for everyone. So we’ve broken down our list into categories to make it easy for you to find the exact tools you need.
It’s hard to find a working person who has never heard of Slack and our team swears by this incredibly popular communication tool. Combining text, audio, and video featured into one convenient package, you can hardly find an office where that iconic message notification sound has never been heard.
There’s a ton of integrations to make it easier to streamline your communications and you can create channels for different teams or topics, so every piece of information will have its place. Not only can it be integrated with hundreds of apps like G-Suite and Asana but we love Slack so much we wrote an article on how our team utilizes Slack every day. Check it out here!
When meeting face-to-face is not an option, let’s have a chat on hangouts! From morning meetings to end of the week regroup, this feature within Google Drive helps the team talk about tasks that need more explanation and do screen shares to show the person sitting on the other end how to do something. Nothing beats face-to-face action with your team so whether you’re huddling the team together for brainstorm or doing daily check-ins, Google Meets is the way to go.
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Taking a mid-day walk? Grabbing a bite to eat? HubSpot CRM App allows you to jumpstart your productivity by managing deals on the fly. As your in-pocket sales rep, HubSpot allows you to run your business anywhere because work doesn’t stop when you leave your computer. Once you log in to the HubSpot app, you can view and update contacts and companies, monitor your deals and tasks, access your chat conversations, and manage your app settings. A major advantage that our team benefits from within this app are that all our mobile activity automatically syncs with our accounts so everyone on our team always knows what’s happening, and what to do next.
Workplace tools for collaboration and communication are transforming how teams get work done together, and Asana was among the first to make a real wave. If you’re a visual person, this robust task management system is the suite for you! Create tasks and flag them with due dates, assign them to your team members, attach files and add feedback, use comments to share with your team, or create internal checklists. It’s all there. Everything stays in one place, and your productivity never suffers.
File Sharing Solutions
If you need to share documents, spreadsheets, presentations, or other files, do yourself a favor and create them in G Suite. Working remotely for us, there has never been a time where we don’t open up a Google Doc or a Google Sheet. If you’re wondering what all falls under Google’s impressive suite, yes Google Drive is where it all falls under. These business tools are particularly useful in collaboration software for remote teams and the one perk is being able to see changes from others, edit each other’s written work, and add comments to ask questions or clarify ideas.
Here’s a bonus tip: Integrate Grammarly extension into your g-suite and reduce any messy grammar for all your writing as you go, it’s a savior!
Communication and collaboration don’t always have to happen in real-time and one of the benefits of online collaboration with your team is keeping everyone in the loop no matter the time and/or place. Our team can relate to working in different time zones! When you work remotely, you have the freedom and the flexibility to do your best work in an environment that suits you, and sharing these core apps is what our team lives by. You’ll always need fast internet, communication tools, and other apps to stay productive so we narrowed it down to the elite.