Working from home is great, but it can feel like a constant mental battle against distraction and procrastination. Luckily, there are hundreds of tablet apps that are specifically designed to improve your efficiency at work. Here are just four of our favourites:
The first app on our list is an Apple App Store exclusive, but there are other word processing alternatives on the Android platform. Pages allows you to create documents and format them as you go. It offers all the features you’d expect from a word processor; tables, spell check, graphic insertion and the ability to export as a PDF or print. It uses iCloud to save your documents on the internet, making them accessible from other devices if you have to take your work on the move. The app is £6.99, but is free as part of the iWorks package if you register a new Apple tablet. Online retailers like Viking sell a variety of Apple tablet computers, including the new iPad Air for £332.
GoodReader is a file management app that gives you a central file repository for every document you save or transfer over Wi-Fi. The app has the ability to ‘read’ and open files that a tablet usually doesn’t support as default. This makes it incredibly useful for managing your work and opening email attachments. You can also organise your work into separate folders, so you never have to spend hours hunting for a document again. For more information on the app, click here.
If you’re working from home, it’s likely that you will be contacted via frequent phone calls or Skype video conferences. As such, you need an effective way to take notes and keep on top of your workload. Notability will record the audio from your meeting and link it with the text as you type. When you review your written notes, you can playback the audio that was recorded as you made that note. This is an excellent way to streamline your note taking, so you don’t miss vital bits of information. Read more about the app, here.
If you have to keep track of multiple projects, or are responsible for the work of other individuals, OmniFocus is a task management app that can help you. It organises all your ongoing activities into a user-friendly interface where you can track project progress, make annotations and assign new tasks. It has built-in calendar integration which allows you to track deadlines and view current project forecasts. You can learn more about the features of this app, here