3 Tools That Help Me Work at Home: Balanced Challenge Day 2

Today is Day 2 of the Balanced Challenge I am taking with Tricia Goyer.

Today’s question comes from chapter 2 of her book which deals with working at home. “What can you do or change to make working from home actually work for you?”

I have found 3 awesome tools that have helped me.


1) My Red Apple timer from the dollar store has a steady tick and a bone-jawing alarm that shouts ‘you’re done’!  Too often  I will disappear into an engrossing project never to surface until I’m interrupted by something urgent (like running for the bus).  My timer gives me the assurance that a set time has been set aside for that project.

582_1_icon_timeedition2) timeEdition, a free app for the Mac and Windows systems  originally made for freelancers who want to keep track of billable hours.  I find it works great as a clock in/clock out device.  It will show me how much time I’ve spent on a project and also let me see a report.


Unknown3) Scrivener, the awesome writing program from Literature & Latte.  Scrivener, unlike MS Word, is made for organizing writing projects.  Everything is organized in a virtual binder or filing cabinet.  You can see pieces of your project or the entire project as one document.  You have the Scrivener view which is like Word but you also have the outline and virtual corkboard views which I find great.

I have everything in the ‘Research’ part of Scrivener as then I can drag in webpages, pdfs and photos.

It serves as my Daily Agenda, Prayer Journal, Family History Research Log and Writing Repository.

I also love the Snapshot feature that allows you to take a ‘picture’ of your first draft and then freely mutilate it knowing the first draft is still accessible if you need it.

Corkboard View of my week with major things I want to get done that day.

This post is part of the Balanced challenge with Tricia Goyer—and you can join, too!