Fear of Coronavirus has pushed almost each and everyone of us from our office desks and forced us to work from home. But for effectively doing our daily work and to produce the same level of productivity we need the right set of tools and gadgets.
Personally I think having a Laptop/Desktop, a Phone and an iPad is the right set of tools needed because that helps to see a lot of information together with a lot of real-estate to work with.
In my previous blog I have mentioned about the Top 5 things you need to Work from Home.
Today I will continue on that with the Top 5 apps you need on your iPad to work from Home effectively.
Here are my top List of apps which are my daily drivers to work from home:
Spark – https://sparkmailapp.com/
When working from Home, Email is probably the most used form of communication we use. And spark simply rocks for being one of the best looking and functional tool for this purpose. I mean from the look, to the position of buttons, functionality and everything speaks about the quality of the app. Features like snooze, separation of Newsletters from emails, pinned emails, minimize email while composing are some of my favorite features some of which even the native Apple mail lacks. It even supports split screen on iPad while composing. Plus the dark theme is simply gorgeous on Spark. Readdle has definitely created a wonderful app which sparkles in this area. This app has been sometime on the AppStore and is completely free for personal use. There is a team plan but before you purchase that you can install and use it for yourself.
Platforms – iOS, Android, Mac
As the name screams, this is Pro level scanner app built for iOS devices. Its a fantastic scanning tool which helps convert your iPad into a solid scanner. You can take pictures of multiple documents and combine them into a single PDF. Super easy to scan docs which is very much needed when you are working from home. Signing or digitizing contracts can now be done all on your iPad Pro. Pair this with Readdle’s PDF expert app, and now you can do wonders on your iPad.
Platforms – iOS
Lets say you have a document which needs your signature and post that needs to be send to someone. Now during work from home, you always don’t have a luxury of printing the document, signing it and send a fax or mail to someone. Here is what PDF expert makes life. Another fantastic app from Readdle which is specially useful if you own an iPad Pro or the new iPad (any iPad supporting Apple pencil).
This app not only helps you sign on PDF files but also create new ones, merge multiple files into single PDF, rearrange pages in a pdf as well as convert any document into PDF. I mean if you need to deal with PDFs this is an absolute must. Scan the document using Scanner Pro, port into PDF expert, fill the forms or sign on it, flatten it and send it via email to anyone. simple, no messy printer scanner business.
Platforms – iOS, Mac.
One Note – https://www.onenote.com/
Working at home, means a lot of self co-ordination which again means taking notes, keeping on top on things to remember, action plans etc. One Note is a very powerful productivity app from Microsoft which is accessible via web, Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. It even works great with Apple pencil on iPad if you plan to use one. Taking digital notes of things is very cool plus with super power search including OCR there is nothing you can’t find later – including searching your handwritten notes. Something you can’t get with pen and paper. When remotely taking meetings or zoom calls, One note is a boon to take down notes on.
Platforms – We, Windows, Mac, Android, iOS.
Trello – https://trello.com/
Trello is a very old player in the game of Kanban boards and it has changed the way smaller teams do their work. With Trello all you do is create a “Board”. Thing of this as a Project you are working on. Example, say you want to create your portfolio or a website. Now create board named “Launch Portfolio”. In this case say I have created a Board called “How to Use Trello on iPad”. After that you can creations list. These are like columns or swim lanes. Within those list you can add cards with any content your heart please. Here is a sample of what I have just created. Now as your work progresses you can move these cards around. Typically for projects I use a “Done” list in which anything which is completed is moved to. You are free to create as many lists and cards as you please.
Todoist – https://todoist.com/
When working from home, its very important to keep you personal and professional life separate. And for that personal life, you need a separate tool which will help your keep track of those items which are completely personal in nature. It can be a simple grocery list, paying bills, adding recurring lists or anything which can be put into personal bucket. Personally I have been using todoist for few years now and during this time when we are all working from home, todoist is really helping me get my personal chores done.
For almost all of the above apps there are good alternates available as well. But personally I think these are one of the top used apps and used by millions of people worldwide. Try these and probably you won’t regret.
Let me know what you use on your iPad to make life easier and getting the job done.
Arindam from TechDaily24x7