These days, digital tools make it easier than ever to work, study, or teach remotely. But even with the best tools in the world, working remotely can still be a challenge, especially if you’re new to it.
To help your remote work go smoothly, we’ve put together this page. Below, you’ll find guides to help you stay organized, resist distractions, and do your best work…all from the comfort of your home. You’ll also find a variety of digital tools to make your remote work easier and more effective.
Whether you’re a student taking online classes, a professional working remotely, or an educator looking to improve your virtual teaching, this page is here to help you.
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Resist Distractions and Stay Focused
Find the Best Apps for Staying Productive
Essential Apps for Working and Studying from Home
This app can be described as my second brain. All my class notes, ideas, blog post research, important scraps of information, non-important scraps of information, half-finished rap lyrics, story drafts, and everything else is stored in Evernote. As a guy who works across Windows, Mac, and iOS, I still have not found a better option for general note-taking and information capture. Also, they offer a 50% student discount!
A beautifully simple task-tracking app. It’s free (with premium features for less than $2.50/month), syncs across all platforms and devices (and the web), has recurring tasks, multiple lists, and is pretty to boot.
This has been my trusty calendar ever since my freshman year. Learning to use it early on helped me become a pro at managing my time - an essential skill in college. As a bonus, you can also show your Wunderlist tasks as calendar events if you want.
I study far, far more effectively when I'm listening to music - as long as it's the right kind of music. This is a playlist of 160-odd songs I've been building; it's got a ton of variety, and features music from video game soundtracks, movie/anime scores, and artists from many genres.
One of the coolest things about Evernote is its optical character recognition - you can scan in paper notes, and it'll make the text searchable. Don't go and buy a scanner for this purpose, though - the Scanbot app will do it for free on your iPhone or Android. It auto-finds documents, scans them, and sends them wherever you want - Evernote, Google Drive, Dropbox, and even Todoist.
Sometimes you get stuck on a homework problem and no one's around to help you with it - and that's when Chegg Study comes in handy. With a massive database of step-by-step solutions to problems in thousands of textbooks, Chegg Study can help you check your homework answers and finish assignments more quickly.
It's so easy to procrastinate when you have easy access to distracting websites and apps. Freedom is a program that solves this problem by simply blocking them when you're working. Among all the apps that do this, Freedom works best for me because it works on ALL my devices - no sneaky Redditing on my phone.
One of the most effective ways to immediately stop procrastinating is to use the Pomodoro Technique: set a timer for 25 minutes, commit to one task, and do nothing but that task until the timer dings. I do this almost every day, and I use TomatoTimer - a free browser-based app - as my timer.
Zoom is our top recommendation for holding virtual meetings, classes, and other video calls. It's a lot more reliable than Skype, and up to 100 people can meet at once on the free plan. Zoom also lets you share your screen, making it useful for lectures and presentations.
The most essential app ever for anyone who uses a computer. Keeps your files backed up and synced across all your computers and devices, as well as on the web. Forget your paper on your home computer? No worries, it's in Drive.