Modern professionals are cutting their desk leashes and doing business on the go. A recent study by software developer Wrike revealed that 83 percent of respondents said they worked remotely at least part of the day. Sixty-six percent of respondents said they believed their offices could go fully virtual in 1-5 years. Modern technology is reducing the need for teams to gather in a central location. Communication tools such as video chat services and instant messaging enable collaboration, while cloud computing technology reduces the need for desks and servers.
Smartphones have a role to play in the advent of telecommuting as well. Apps help professionals organize their workloads and produce consistently. Keep these apps in mind while you’re working on the go.
Most telecommuters depend on Internet access to complete daily tasks. If you’re working from home, www.Internetserviceproviders.com can point you toward a reliable provider, but when you need Internet in an unknown place, backup helps. That’s where Free Wi-Fi Finder comes in handy. This catalog will direct you to the closest of 110,000 free public wi-fi hotspots. With a four-star rating in the App Store, Free Wi-Fi Finder is a reliable guide to free Internet. Get your work done wherever you go with this handy (and free) app.
Your Handy To-Do List
To-do list apps are a dime a dozen, but complicated interfaces and buggy software defeats the purpose of supposed productivity boosts. Clear takes the confusion from to-do list apps. The interface is nothing short of elementary. Tap the colored bar at the top to make yourself a note. If you wish, categorize notes in groups. It’s the equivalent of electronic post-it notes, and its exactly what a to-do list app should be. Clear is $1.99 in the app store, and users can sync their lists with a desktop companion.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Telecommuters may not go into the office, but that doesn’t mean they’re not up early. Long days around town demand restful nights, and Sleep Cycle can help professionals stay fresh and focused. Sleep Cycle uses the iPhone’s accelerometer to gage movement while sleeping, corresponding to REM cycle. In the morning, Sleep Cycle sounds an alarm when users are in a light stage of sleep. The result? Fewer groggy mornings.
Any Document, Anytime
Without central servers to store documents, telecommuters rely on cloud computing to access documents. Dropbox is one of the most convenient mobile cloud platforms on the market. Dropbox users can load pictures, documents and other digital files online. In this model, they can access documents anywhere with Internet access with and a computer or mobile device. Dropbox is one of the most popular apps in the Productivity category. For professionals who deal with digital documents, Dropbox is a no-brainer. It’s free to sign up, but you’ll have to pay for excess storage space.
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