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Productivity apps to aid working remotely [ICT Clinic]

It is no longer news that we are indeed in challenging times and that we need to drastically change the way we have been doing things before now. All thanks to the novel COVID-19 pandemic that has made digital the culture today.

The virus has spread and continues to spread like wildfire across the world since it started infecting people, necessitating worldwide lockdowns. These lockdowns made the employees of many businesses to start working from home and Nigeria was not an exception.

The lockdowns are soon to be relaxed a bit in Nigeria but some businesses are wary of commencing full operations because the number of people infected by the virus is still climbing by the day. What this means is that many people will still have to be working from home for a long time.

Working from home can, however, be prone to productivity challenges as managing remote work for productivity is a whole new ball game altogether, compared with working a 9 to 5 job in a physical location, where physical supervision enables productivity to be achieved.

To enable a business owner and his team to manage themselves well for productivity, there is the need to apply some apps to assist in this regard.

Below are some of the apps that can help you to enhance the productivity of your team while working remotely.


Evernote is an application designed for taking notes. The world is going digital and has gone past the era when physical jotters or diaries are kept, to put down work plans and jot down ideas as they pop into the head or create schedules.

It is available on smartphones, laptops, personal computers and tablets. Aside from using it to take notes and keep your journals in the cloud, it can also enable you to set your to-to list, tasks and reminders. Evernote also enables you to attach files to notes, scan text from photos, in-built picture capture and attachment capabilities, as well as auto-syncing, with other devices of yours.

You can share your notes with members of your team or any other person on Evernote. This can be shared to their Evernote platforms, emails and other apps. The app is user-friendly and available for free on Appstore. Premium versions are also available for you to enjoy more features.

Focus Booster

The Focus Booster app keeps you on track and at alert throughout the day while working from home. It enables you to track the amount of time you spend on tasks, using the timer to record sessions.

Being reminded to take a break at the end of a session enables you to identify what has been worked on as well as visualise session data in graph form to display your most productive day. It can, — Finish Reading on the Punch

About the author

Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr

CFA hosts Tech Trends on Channels Television, writes the ICT Column in the Punch Newspapers & also blogs on cfagbata.com.

CFA currently serves as the African Regional Director of Founder Institute.

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