Here are some useful apps that can help you be more organised and effective when working from home.

More than half the nation has been mandated to work from home. For those who have already carried out such practices in larger organisations, that’s great. But the majority will find this a shocking revelation especially when they’re restricted from any social interactions.

Working from home and a self-quarantine can throw you off your daily routine. For the gym rats, the thought of not being able to work out freaks you out and turning into a couch potato doubles your worries. 

Working with limited resources can be tricky but thanks to technology, there’s a solution for each of your problems. These apps are designed specifically to help you organise your to-do list, carry out seamless conference calls and follow up with pending tasks of your fellow teammates.

As the old adage goes: “Don’t work hard, work smart.”

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Quip

Quip is essential for team-based work. It combines chat, documents, slides and spreadsheets in one app — making collaboration efficient and fuss-free. Quip allows you and your teammates to interact in a fun way while tracking progress and ticking off the to-do list.

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Asana

If you’re someone who is less of an OCD person, or struggle with short term memory, Asana is a great app to help you organise, update and remember what you need to get done for the day. Whether you’re in between mommy duties or waiting for your food delivery, use Asana to capture tasks, reminders, to-dos and ideas that pop along the way. You can also add your team members into a group, so everyone will have an idea of what is going on. Asana also works offline, where you can edit and add tasks to existing lists anytime, anywhere.

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Zoom

Zoom allows you to stay connected wherever you go. Experience flawless video conferencing, crystal clear audio, instant screen sharing and cross-platform instant messaging all during a call. Architects, designers, and creatives can even share drawings and quick edits on the screen without having to meet the team in person. The app also enables you to schedule future meetings.

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Expensify

Staying at home can be quite dumbfounding for some, especially when you’re all alone and void from any social interactions. If you have problems tracking receipts and managing expenses on the go, Expensify is the app for you. Simply take a photo of your receipt and Expensify can easily transcribe the details into the app. It helps you easily track personal receipts, submit business expenses to your company, or collect expense reports from colleagues. The app is also dubbed a ‘virtual accountant’ to help you manage your finances in the most efficient way.

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SignEasy

SignEasy is the easiest way to sign any document from the comfort of your home. Easily functional on your iPhone or iPad, this e-signature app can help you sign, send and track documents that require your attention. It is compliant with the e-signature legislation globally while protecting you with bank-level SSL encryption and detailed audit trails for legal evidence — so you can sign without any doubts especially during this period.

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Buffer

For those who rely on social media on a daily basis, Buffer helps you execute your intuitive social media planning and scheduling experience seamlessly. Built especially for Instagram, Buffer also allows you to plan and share content to all essential channels like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Pinterest. You can also organise and schedule Instagram Stories with various relevant functions like scheduling a first comment with hashtags, tagging users and locations, as well as generating previews for your upcoming posts.

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Allegory

Instead of the typical rigid notes app, Allegory is where you can be creative in your own way with the best tools and functions in the app. Writers, copy editors, creative directors and marketers will find Allegory a great app that combines idea mapping, writing copies and taking notes during conference calls all in one. Allegory is also available on your Apple Watch to keep you always informed and tuned in.

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Martin Teo
Content Editor
Martin loves traveling the world to see ancient ruins and classical architecture. He enjoys the culinary experience of various cities but (still) refuses to eat anything insect-like. On a daily basis, he finds time hitting the gym to compensate for the amount of food he needs to eat just to write an article.