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4 new ways Freehand helps you cut down on digital distractions

After almost 2 years of remote work, it appears that we've progressed beyond "making do." We're no longer informing staff they're on mute all the time, and we've established some kind of bonding through regularly planned team events. However, it's not all plain sailing: Whether it's the challenge of reproducing that in-person cooperation spark online, WiFi troubles, or an unending pile of calendar invites, it appears we're still fighting "time suck." The days feel shorter, and the to-do lists appear to be longer than ever. 

We're pleased to inform you that Freehand is one of these solutions geared at enhancing the way you work holistically by minimizing digital distractions throughout your day-to-day. We've added a few new features to assist you not only get back to normal, but even better than before. Here, we showcase four new Freehand features that will help you remain better connected with your coworkers and realize improved workflows as a consequence. Let us get started:

Problem: Context switching

In Freehand, embed your current projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets just by clicking the add-ons button in the expandable sidebar. You can also insert video content from YouTube and Vimeo, as well as share data by adding Mode reports.

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Problem: Spending time updating things in multiple places

Another big pain of being a remote worker? Accepting the fact that you’re dealing with a constant stream of new information. While you may have set up weekly reminders to update your metrics in the team Freehand, it still takes more time than we’d like to admit to transfer information from one tool to another.

Thankfully, not only can you embed your documents, you can even interact within the iFrames via a quick double click in Freehand—and everything updates automatically.

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Problem: Meetings running over

It certainly seems easier to lose track of time when there’s not another group lurking outside the conference room. And an additional one or two minutes of chit chat at the start of a meeting as you wait for a quorum means your agenda is pushed back, setting off a domino effect for the rest of the day.

Freehand’s new timer tool allows you to stay on track without turning you into a clockwatcher. It’s visible to everyone, meaning all meeting participants stay engaged and accountable.

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Problem: Staying informed

Let’s face it: it feels harder than ever to follow conversations — especially if your colleagues are spread across multiple locations and time zones. A 24/7 stream of new info makes it harder to know where to start if you’re working asynchronously.

Knowing this, Freehand now gives you a birds-eye view of all the threads on your canvas with the comment sidebar. From this view, you can quickly reply, resolve, delete, or jump to relevant comments on your canvas — not only helping you stay on track, but respond in a timely manner.

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