Whatever your job may be, there may come a time when you must work from home. Adjusting to a new space to work in can be challenging. Especially if you are not prepared with the necessary tools and resources to keep you focused and productive. SCI has gathered a list of some of our favorite tools and resources that help us out when working remotely.

The Basics

  1. Desk

Having a designated workspace with an ergonomically correct desk is extremely important. It will help to keep you comfortable and focused during your work day.

  1. Chair

When you are sitting in the same position all day, the chair you are sitting in can take a toll on your body. Be sure to take the time to research and invest in an ergonomic friendly chair to limit back strain and increase comfort.

  1. High-Speed Internet Access

Almost everything needs to be done by using the internet these days. Having a high-speed internet connection is extremely important to make sure you can be productive and manage multiple connections and software at once.

  1. Noise Cancelling Headphones

Working from home can have more distractions than you would have in your typical office setting. You could have other people at home making noise in the background (kids, animals, spouse). Noise-cancelling headphones can help block out the distractions and keep you focused.

  1. Microphone

If you need to participate in a web meeting with coworkers or clients, it is important to have a good microphone so whoever you’re talking to can hear you clearly as if they were next to you.

  1. Webcam

Just like a microphone, having a webcam for web meetings is essential. This helps maintain communication between co-workers and helps to prevent feelings of isolation while working alone at home.

  1. Water Bottle

Hydrate! It’s important to stay hydrated while working all day. At home the fridge is just a few steps away, but you don’t want walking over to grab a drink to become a distraction. Keeping a water bottle at your desk can help you stay hydrated while not leaving your desk as often.

  1. Ergonomic Accessories

Sometimes you need more than a simple desk and chair to complete a home office, especially if you are used to more tools and accessories in the office. A few items that could increase productivity and help you stay ergonomically correct are monitor arms, keyboard trays, height-adjustable desks, and a bluetooth mouse.

  1. Office Supplies

Even though you are working from the comfort of your home, you will still probably find yourself reaching for the occasional pen and sticky note, scissors, etc. Make sure to have a few necessary office supplies to help you accomplish your tasks.

  1. Vision Board

Creating a vision board where you can look at it for inspiration while you’re working is a great idea. Put motivational quotes, goals for your position or company, and ways to stay productive on it. Pinterest is a great resource for ideas and templates.

  1. Playlists and Podcasts

When a room is too quiet it can be even more distracting. Create a playlist of your favorite songs or podcasts to listen to while you work. Just be sure that it won’t take up too much of your attention.

 

Productivity Software

  1. Trello

Trello is a great software for project management. You can create teams to have everyone stay on task for a certain project. It’s great for self-use when creating to-do lists as well.

  1. Zoom

Host web meetings and conferences with your team from desktops, laptops, and even mobile devices. It even has a shareable screen option to present to others.

  1. Google Drive

All aspects of google drive make it easy to collaborate with others in real time from remote locations. Some of our favorites are Google Docs, Google Slides, and Google Sheets.

  1. Timely

Timely helps you book appointments, process sales, promote marketing, and manage your team. You can manage your business remotely from any device.

  1. WorkFrom

Find a list of local places where they promote working remotely and have options for wi-fi and coworking options.

  1. VPN

A VPN is a Virtual Private Network. A VPN gives you online privacy and allows your company to share protected servers and documents without any risk of privacy.

  1. TeamViewer

TeamViewer allows for remote access to your desktop or mobile device. This can be helpful if you need IT to see a problem you’re having at home or when you need someone to share a screen to show you how to complete tasks.

  1. Slack

Slack helps to bring your team together wherever they may be offering messaging options and other tools to maximize communication.

  1. Microsoft Suite

It’s always a good idea to have the basics. Creating documents and spreadsheets are essential in almost every business. Microsoft Office can help you organize information and stay productive.