How to Make Work From Home Content in Google Docs
Investopedia explains that employees outside of an office should still observe their ability to stay productive, which includes preparing and working with their own respective documents. Therefore, we’ve prepared a few tips (below) on how to put together the type of content you need in Google Docs, be it a shift timesheet, productivity log, or request form!
1. Take Advantage of the Drawing Feature
Creating a diagram (like a workflow or mind map) is tricky without the right tools. Fortunately, Google Docs does let you manually create diagrams! To access this feature, click on the Insert tab (at the top) and then click New under Drawing.
A new secondary window should appear in Docs, which is where you create the diagram’s contents. Within this new window, you have several options for inserting whatever shapes, lines, text, and pictures you need for your work. To apply the diagram to your document, simply click on Save and Close. You can also resize the diagram by click-dragging one of the square nodes on its sides and corners; moreover, double-click the diagram itself to reopen the drawing window.
2. Incorporate Grid Tables into Your WFH Content
A list of numbers and values can be visually confusing to follow, especially when there’s a lot to display. With that being said, utilizing a grid table tends to be a necessity for such instances. So, when putting together an invoice, receipt, or other number-centric paperwork, use Docs’ table feature. Go to Insert > Table and then use your cursor to set the number of cells, rows, and columns.
With the table inserted, click a cell to type in it. For adjusting the size and proportions, click-drag any of the lines that are inside the table. To move it up or down, click on an empty space just above the table and use your Backspace or Enter key respectively.
3. Properly Format Your Written WFH Documents
When composing documents like a telecommuting business plan and remote office policy, it’s imperative to apply an appropriate layout. Start off by setting the margins to a standard measurement. To do this, click-drag the grey bars and blue arrows found within the rulers (above and to the left of Docs’ work area).
Another way to maintain your document’s spiffy appearance is by using subheaders to neatly segment its contents. There’s also the Bullets & Numbering feature that you can implement for making a list, which is found under the Format tab.
4. Add Pictures to Your WFH Content
There are times when you should apply imagery to your documents, whether it’s for presentation or as a visual aid. To add an image in Google Docs, go to Insert > Image. You can take advantage of a few options here, some of which let you insert images through 4 online options--web search, Google Drive, Google Photos, and URL. After getting a picture in there, click-drag it to reposition, click-drag one of its square nodes to resize, and click-drag its circular node on top to rotate.
As long as you remember these tips, you’ll have an easier time working remotely in Google Docs. And to make your stay-at-home job even easier, don’t forget to download one of our Work From Home Templates!