Staying connected

In the last few weeks, many of us are finding ourselves at home with our laptops. But without the human interaction of the office, it might be a struggle to keep properly connected with colleagues and clients. Email isn’t enough.

At Integral, we have plenty of experience using productivity and connectivity tools so we’re sharing our top tips for helping you stay in touch.

This project management tool isn’t just for project managers. It’s a great way for remote teams to keep conversations and assets contained in one place. You can create to-do lists and schedules, start conversations and add documents in real time. At the end of the day, you’ll get a round-up of all the activity on your project.

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Most of us communicate better face-to-face than we do in email. This video communication tool helps us collaborate and connect as if we were in the room with your colleagues. PJs optional.

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It’s never a bad thing to keep your inbox free. Slack is ideal for team and individual conversations, encouraging chatting and collaboration. We create themed channels to help us avoid frantic email searches — that way everything is in one place.

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Microsoft to do — this planning app is how we share task lists across our team. It gives everyone visibility of tasks that are dragging, so we can help each other out when it’s needed. We also find it useful for large projects as we can list each deliverable and set reminders to keep us on track.

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There are lots of meditation apps out there. But this is the one some of our team members recommend.

 

There are hundreds of meditation practices to choose from and plenty of music to aid concentration. Our favourite feature is the sleep stories. You don’t have to be a child to enjoy a good bedtime story!

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Don’t rely entirely on apps

It might take you a while to get used to new ways of working. But if all else fails, go old school and pick up the phone!

However you stay in touch with colleagues and clients, make sure you take some time to disconnect. Those moments when everything is on pause are really important — they can sometimes trigger unexpected ideas too.