This series on “Working Remotely” is inspired by “Remote,” the book by the 37Signals guys, and by my own experience working remotely for many years.
One Screen or Two?
Earlier today, I sent out a tweet with a link to the New York Times article, Discovering two Screens Aren’t Better Than one, then came across this post from a lawyer with another perspective: Dual Monitors and Productivity. I’ve tried both, and am firmly in the “one monitor” group. Find which works best for you.
The Right Tools
Sure, you can drive a nail in with the heel of your shoe, but it’ll take less time and effort if you use a hammer. And you’ll save your shoe to wear another day. The right tools matter. Here are a few of my favorite tools – devices and applications:
- Laptop – the nerve center. My preference is a MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.
- Smartphone – landlines are so last century.
- Dropbox – for sharing and accessing documents.
- Evernote – for storing ideas and just about everything. I hear OneNote is good, too.
- Skype – keeps me connected to the mother ship and my colleagues via messages and calls.
- GoToMeeting – my GoTo app for meetings and hosting webinars.
- WordPress – this is where I write blog posts, create landing pages and website copy.
- Feedly – feeds from my favorite blogs reside here. I check this several times a day to stay informed.
- Pocket – for articles I can’t get to right away. Great app.
- Buffer – save tons of time by storing posts to share on social media channels.
- Google Apps – for email, calendar, docs and spreadsheets.
- Software – Keynote for presentations and Microsoft suite for documents, presentations and spreadhseets.
Music (or some type of white noise), the right desk chair, and good lighting, are additional essential elements. What are some of your favorite practices and ideas for setting up a productive home office?
POSTS IN THE SERIES:
Working Remotely: The Many Benefits
Traits of an Effective Telecommuter
How to Manage Work-at-Home Employees
A Productive Home Office
Communication and collaboration
Managing Time, Boundaries, and Balance
Evaluating Employee Performance
Company Culture Beyond the Office Walls
How Lee Rosen Moved His Law Firm to an All-Remote Workforce
Working Remotely: Have Computer, Will Travel