5 Excellent Productivity Tools for Remote Workers

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August 13, 2012 by Volamoot at Mashable!

1. RescueTime

RescueTime is a web-based productivity tool that helps workers analyze and maximize their efficiency. The app sits in your Mac or PC’s status bar, measuring the windows and programs you actively use on your computer during a given time period, for example, Photoshop and Twitter.

If you really need to dig into serious work without distraction, set the app to Focus Mode for a specified timeframe. During that period, potentially distracting messages and sites will be blocked from your access. For example, say a co-worker IMs you a link to a funny tweet. RescueTime blocks sites you’ve pre-determined as distracting with a warning screen, reminding you to stay focused.

After you’ve used RescueTime for awhile, access its web interface for a dashboard of graphs and timesheets that analyzes how you spend your time at work.

Price: Lite version free, Pro version $6 per month.

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Whether a startup entrepreneur or a seasoned corporate employee, people all over the world choose to work from home. But sidestepping the traditional workplace can take its toll on even the most diligent workers.

To help you devise a system that works for you, we’ve collected five accommodating apps and tools for better remote productivity. From time management reminders to company-wide reward systems, these products will improve your workflow, organization and communication.

SEE ALSO: 8 Tools for Hacking Your Productivity

Do you work from home? Share your proven tips and tools for others in the comments below.

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