The Tools I Use to Work
These are some of the tools I use to communicate with workmates and clients and to help me organise my work.
I used to work in an office for many years and worked from home from time to time, but rarely more than two days per week. The pandemic changed this completely.
Now I work fully remote, not just for one company, but for other clients as well and as everything is now virtual, there are some tools I started using more often and found new ones as well. These are some:
Slack is a business communication platform that reduces unnecessary e-mails drastically. It helps you communicate with your workmates or clients much easier while keeping your mailbox tidy.
With Slack, you can send direct messages to people, create groups where everyone can participate, share documents, pictures (yes, animated gifs too!), or do video calls.
One of the coolest features of Slack is its integration with third-party apps. So for example, you can create a bot that will notify the group when someone updates a ticket in Trello.
I’ve used Microsoft Teams with some companies and clients I’ve worked for. It was created to compete with Slack, offering messaging, video calls and also offers integration with apps like Word or Excel. I prefer using Slack, but Microsoft Teams is also a good choice for companies.
Trello is a web-based app used for project management. It allows you to create boards, create columns and tasks. Then, you can move the tasks from one column to another: to do, in progress, done.
It’s a really useful tool as it gives you an immediate overview of a project and helps you organise it better.
You can use Trello for multiple projects and not necessarily just for work-related stuff. You can also use it to organise the things you have to do in a day or week.
I’m a Mac user, so if you use another operating system, you can find other alternatives like Thunderbird.
Although I try to reduce the use of e-mails, there are some times that they’re required. I use Mail as it’s easy to configure and use and I can have multiple e-mail accounts set up.
Evernote is an app for note-taking, task management and organising. I use it mainly to create notes about the work I do, things I need to remember etc, but always related to work. It has a free plan that offers what I need.
What tools do you use for work or to organise your personal life? I’m always trying new apps so I would love to hear which ones you use.