The Pomodoro technique involves breaking down your work day into short bursts of work with frequent breaks. Yep, you heard us – frequent breaks. This is something we can get on board with. With the Pomodoro timer, you work in bursts of 25 or 45 minutes, with a short break of 5 minutes or a long break of 15 minutes in between. It’s a simple hack, but you’d be surprised how much you can get done in 25 minutes.
Serene is the ultimate work from home app for the easily distracted. Not only is it built around the Pomodoro technique of short bursts of focus, but you can also lay out your day of tasks that ladder up to one main goal, block websites that distract you, silence your notifications and even play focus music to get your mind in the zone. Plus, it’s free!
This is one of our favourite work from home softwares for those stuck at home alone. While the solitude can give you welcome privacy for meetings and calls, often it can be a real productivity killer. Enter: FocusMate. The app pairs you with another worker from somewhere in the world, and you do a burst of virtual coworking to keep each other accountable. You can choose to set a goal each at the start of the session, and check in with one another at the end. Surrounding yourself by others being productive is a great way to stay on track, and FocusMate lets you do that from the comfort of your own home. Easy!
Both board-based organizational tools, Trello and Asana are great working from home apps for those in teams, though they’re suitable for solo workers too. Allowing you to organize your tasks, tag members and prioritize deadlines can really help you smash through your to-do list, and stay on top of tasks across the week.
Toggl is a handy work from home software that helps you track how much time is really being spent on each task. Easy distractions like a parcel arriving or an unexpected phone call can throw your day off schedule, and leave you wondering where your time went. With Toggl, you can track how much time you’re really spending on each item of your to-do list, and review it at the end of each day or week. Seeing your time allocations laid out in front of you can help you identify where you’re leaking time, and where your weakest slots are.
Need more work from home motivation? Read our ultimate productivity guide to smashing it while WFH.
Emma Edwards is a finance copywriter and blogger, on a mission to humanize the financial services industry by creating meaningful content that’s accessible and empowering. You’ll find her penning money tips at her blog, The Broke Generation, sharing financial insights on Instagram, or injecting life into content for her business clients.