Tools and resources to make working from home more efficient and enjoyable

There is no place like home. A known cliché that we always say to ourselves when we are far from home or have returned after a longer period of being absent. True to say that we will always feel comforted when we are at home. But what if work and home are all in the same place?

Well, we all know the advantages of working from home, right? Like:

  1. Having a flexible schedule – We have the ability to set our own schedule and work at our own privacy at home. It gives us the possibility to lay on our bed seconds before our actual shift and wear our most comfortable outfit of the day – our pajamas to work (hybrid sometimes during meetings, half formal- half nighties).
  2. Being more independent – We might improve our critical and creative thinking or have the chance to be totally “in the zone” for prolonged periods of time. Something that often isn’t possible in a busy office environment. Work also happens to be more “async” so to speak, and it’s our responsibility to make it happen but can do so in a way that suits us best.
  3. Spending more time with loved ones – We have probably more time to spend with our family and loved ones. Even having them with us while working, besides our home office desk or just in the room next door. Sometimes, they might join the meetings too – kidding aside, it’s usually nicer to be surrounded by family and friends instead of being stuck in an office when you don’t have to.
  4. Saving money – Working from home reduces or completely eliminates the need of commuting, eating outside, spending much money on unnecessary and non-productive things. I am not saying that we should deprive ourselves from these things but at some point in time, money isn’t everything.

However, too much of being at home will also make us tired of it in the long run and isn’t healthy either. So we have to make sure to keep ourselves fit, not just physically but mentally as well. There’s plenty of resources, guides and best practices around nowadays that not everyone is already aware of.

So regardless of wether you’re new to the WFH game, looking for new ways to improve the performance of your team or need some convincing arguments for your boss to get at least a day or two off per week and finally have some productive out-of-office time, here are our favorite resources on the interwebs to help you out:

Site NameLinkDescription
GitLab’s Guide to All-Remotehttps://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/guide/GitLab is one of the world’s largest all-remote companies with over 1,300 team members located in more than 65 countries around the world. This is basically their handbook of how to do stuff remotely.
Remote-work resources, by GitLabhttps://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/resources/Another gem from the folks at GitLab, this is their huge collection of Remote-work resources.
Covid-19 Remote Work and Study Resourceshttps://github.com/HankiDesign/Remote-Work-and-Study-ResourcesAn open repository that aims to collect free resources, guides, site links that will help you or your kids in studying or working during this pandemic.
All REMOTE Newshttps://allremotenews.com/News and podcasts aggregator about remote work. You can get a lot of good information about working remotely, remote jobs, and other things related to remote work.
500 Remote Work Resources and Tools for HR peoplehttps://fullstackhr.co/remote-work-resources-and-tools-for-hr/The ultimate list of remote working resources for human resources professionals. This article also provides tools, questionnaire guides, and lots of other goodies.
Remote Toolshttps://www.remote.tools/List of remote tools and products that can help you maximize and be more effective at work.
Resource Collection for Remote Legal Termshttps://github.com/Liquid-Legal-Institute/RemoteLegalTeams/blob/master/Resources.mdCollection of resources especially for legal teams by the Liquid Legal Institute. They are also conducting user research interviews to be added to the resources.
Not working remotely yet? Find a new job!https://freshremote.work/Well, if you boss still doesn’t get it or you’re ripe for a career shift, this probably might help you with finding great new remote position.

That’s it for now. We’ll keep you posted with great new stuff as soon as we have something to share. Have fun!


WRITTEN BY Theressa Marie Tan | LinkedIn

PHOTO BY Chris Montgomery