It used to be that working collaboratively meant scheduling a conference room and sending around a memo telling everyone to meet up at a certain time.
Now your team may be spread across three continents, working from offices and hotel rooms and homes. While face-to-face contact is still the gold standard, it isn't always possible.
Here are some of the best apps for collaborating across time and space. Download a few and get going!
1. Workfrom: Find a private or public place to work, meet, or have lunch or drinks in major cities around the world.
2. Slack: Bypass cumbersome email with messages and documents that users can share teamwide across platforms. Includes social media integration.
3. Trello: Project management based on a system of cards and project boards.
4. Dropbox: Access and share folders. Great for exchanging large files, collaborative work, and backups.
5. Evernote: A robust and hugely popular notebook and productivity program that functions as a paperless office. Integrates well with productivity systems based on Getting Things Done.
6. Meldium: Password management for teams. A central website lets members give others access to the information they need without sharing passwords.
7: Hackpad: Collaborative documents that allow people to work together in real time.
8. Draft: Collaborative writing tool allowing teams to write, edit, and explore documents together.
9. Sunrise: Calendar and planner that integrates to popular apps like Facebook, Evernote, and Trello.
10. Skitch: Evernote app that lets you annotate documents and images by adding arrows, text, and other information to screenshots and images.
11. Zapier: Automates all kinds of processes, from Slack bots to auto-tweets.
12. iDoneThis: Prompts each member of your team via email to record the day's activities, and then compiles responses into a digest and distributes it teamwide.
13. Asana: Fosters collaboration and productivity with tools for organizing tasks, assigning responsibilities, and maintaining goals.
14. GoToMeeting: Simple connectivity for video conferencing.
15. iMeet: Combines video and audio calls with document sharing.
16: yaM: Stands for "yet another meeting." Streamlines planning, scheduling, and note taking for virtual and face-to-face meetings.
17. Box: Enterprise-friendly file sharing and collaboration.
18: Momentum: A personal dashboard that displays everything you need to get motivated, stay on track, and accomplish your goals.
19. Yugma: Web conferencing with shared desktops and files.
20. Pocket: Helps keep you focused by allowing you to save articles to read offline when you have some downtime.
21. Focus@Will: Streams background working music to foster concentration and attention span, using principles of neuroscience.
22. Boomerang: Scheduled email sending and reminder service.
23. Buffer: Social media management that supports variable schedules. Allows optimized posting with advance scheduling.
24. Hootsuite: Popular social media management dashboard.
25. 1Password: Team-oriented password management and security.
26. Docady: Converts your camera-equipped smartphone into a scanner.
27. PandaDoc: A comprehensive solution that allows you to create, deliver, and electronically sign proposals and other documents.
28. Solo: Project management, time tracking, invoicing, and other business functions for freelancers.
29. Rescue Time: Individual dashboard and analytics to help team members maximize their use of time.
30. Every Time Zone: An easy-to-use reference to coordinate scheduling for those with teams spread across the country or world.
31. World Time Buddy: Time zone reference with great coverage of areas outside major cities.
32. Wunderlist: Tracking and scheduling program for to-dos and other lists.