Top apps when you're working from home (WFH)

BART strike leave you stranded? Here are some essential apps to get the most out of WFH (unless you're at Yahoo).

Working from home is a privilege, and in some cases, unavoidable. Here, in our San Francisco office, many commuters were hit hard by the recent Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) strikes, forcing those reliant on the public transportation service to be stranded at home. Luckily, working from home doesn't mean you have to be any less productive.

Here are some of our recommended apps to make sure that you stay focused and productive so that you can get the most out of your work, no matter where you're at.

Timers

Time management is key; timers are a great way to keep yourself in check and make appropriate use of your time. Allocate yourself enough time to get your stuff done; but also remember to take breaks.

SnapTimer for Windows

Timer for Mac


Focus

Your computer may be designed to multitask but you often have a harder time doing it. Use these apps to keep from distractions and maintain focus on a single application at a time.

Clutter Cloak for Windows


Isolator for Mac


Screen Workspaces


Sometimes one desktop isn't enough. If you don't have the luxury of multiple monitors or machines, these desktop workspace apps will help you spread out your work across multiple screens. This is especially handy for those who use laptops and notebooks as their primary workhorses.

Sysinternals Desktops for Windows


Mac: Use Mission Control

Cloud Storage

One of the more obvious benefits of using cloud storage services like Dropbox and Drive is the ability to access your files from anywhere with an Internet connection. Such features are especially appropriate for the work environment, whether you're at home, in the office, or on the go. Most of the more popular services come with free introductory tiers that start with 2-5GB of storage, as well as premium tiers for larger files.

Dropbox


Google Drive


Skydrive


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