New Year, Same Office

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I’m sitting here staring at my mirror. No, I’m not vain. I use my mirrored closet doors as my white board. It’s kinda nice except that I can’t take pictures of it lest you see the crap on top of my dresser and the big basket of clean laundry that I have yet to fold. But, I digress. SameOffice

It is a new year and as I expected, I am already buried in schoolwork. Add to that trying to figure out how to build a business, redesigning my blog, heading up the technology committee for my sorority’s graduate chapter (and redesigning that website!), catching up on that one subject that I took an incomplete on last term AND attempting to run a household. Can I tell y’all I’m tired? Already. And possibly, the house might not be all that on the up and up in the cleaning department. Just sayin'.

But I will say that I’m also excited. Because I have all of the tools I need to make it happen. It might be a new year but, I have the same office. And by office I mean Microsoft Office.

If it wasn’t for OneNote and all of the ways I can organize my notes, updates, tweaks, etc., I don’t know what I’d do.

Microsoft Excel is always a lifesaver when it comes to work but, having it and being able to keep lists together that I will be able to seamlessly upload into the new CMS that I’m telling someone to helping to create means one less headache for me.

For some ungodly reason, Southern New Hampshire University sees it fit to torture me. They do this in the form of courses that being with the letter M. And so, I find myself in a Math and Statistics class this term. Because, you know…I need algebra. Yes, I’m still a little bitter about this. But, thank Gawd that I found out I can create equations in Word (did you know that?). Well, if you go to the “Insert” ribbon you can check out “Equation” all the way at the end. Now if only I knew what kind of equation I had to create, life would be simpler (my math tutor is sooo not going to like me by the end of the term).

I could go on and on and on. About how I can create flyers and brochures for the business using Publisher or how I am ready to go at a moment’s notice with proposals and presentations that I create with PowerPoint.

But I won’t. Instead, I’ll give you a chance to have a New Year and the Same Office by entering my Office 2010 giveaway. You’re welcome! Now go forth into the new year and organize! But if you need help, check out the dream coach, will you?

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Back to School With Microsoft Office

Last spring I told you about the love I felt for OneNote. As the time has gone by, I have now expanded that to the entire Microsoft Office Suite.

 

I can honestly say that I don't know if these last few months would've gone as smoothly with my assignments if I hadn't had Microsoft Office. Throughout my first 2 terms,  I relied heavily on Office 2011 for Mac on iMami and as of a week ago, I now rely solely on Office 2010 on zenMami, my Asus ultrabook that I fell in love with during the Microsoft Store opening in Orlando.

Currently, I'm enrolled in the MBA program at Southern New Hampshire University. Everything I do is online! I not only use the Microsoft Office tools to make sure that I have my assignments and discussion topics saved in a safe place (I learned after having lost a discussion item when I simply typed it up in the Blackboard discussion thread to write everything up in Word first!) but I also use SkyDrive to keep all of my documents in one place where I can get to them whenever I need to.

And let me tell you with switching computers, that has been major! All of my papers and assignments are on SkyDrive as well as my detailed notes from my readings, references and citations in OneNote.  This is probably the easiest transition I've had because I am not stressing about where my documents and images are.

However, my "education" goes beyond the classroom. I use these tools for blogging. From creating great presentations when I'm working on a pitch for a brand to sharing documents about campaigns with my Central Florida Latinas through SkyDrive. The possibilities are endless! And, don't get me started with Windows Live Writer because that's definitely another story for another day.

Are your kids in school and looking for a tool to keep them organized and on top of their schoolwork? Or maybe you're like me, headed back to school because hey, you don't already have enough on your plate. Whatever your situation, I am here to tell ya, Microsoft Office is definitely worth a try.

And in case you just can't purchase one at the moment, that's okay. Check out the Rafflecopter below and enter to win your very own Microsoft Office Home and Student 2010.

If you don't win, remember that there's currently a back to school offer through September 14, 2012.  Buy Office Home and Student 2010, Office for Mac Home and Student 2011 (3 pack), Office University 2010 or Office for Mac University 2011 between August 8th and Sept 14th and get 15% off!

But enter the raffle and try your luck! Now if you'll excuse me, I have a final paper I need to finish writing (in Word, of course!)...

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Tech Mami Tuesday: One Love to OneNote!

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I have been wanting to do this series for a while. But never knew how to really get it going.  Then I had a meeting while at BlissDom that got my brain up and running with the picture of this series. So here it is. It might be a little lengthy but, stick with me. I have an awesome giveaway to tell you about! I'm usually the go-to chick for family and friends with regards to techy stuff. I do not have a degree in it and I don't really think I want one. I just like knowing enough to sound like a smartass when someone asks me a question.  Now, I've worked with PC's my entire career which spans a good number of years (I won't tell you how many in case I feel like lying about my age later).

My first official PM job was in IT and the boys rocked out the Macs. So, when I went looking for a new laptop, that's where I went. I have been the proud owner of iHottie (2007-2011) and iMami (2011-present).  Same Mac Book Pro but, we had a glitch in the hard drive and it had to be replaced in November. I didn't feel right about keeping the same name to something that obviously had a different soul.

I also happen to have siblings that are Mac babies. And so, when I was freaking out on the drive home from the airport,  telling my brother about all the cool Microsoft stuff I'd seen, he smiled, looked over at me and said: you're working for the enemy. Um, I wish! Microsoft, if knowing that I like to hang out at home and possibly take long naps with my kid is cool with you and you STILL want to offer me a job (though I have no idea what that would be, unless you need professional smart-asses to be on call)? *whispers* Call me!

Although I've worked in both worlds, the one constant in both has been Microsoft products. Office especially.  As a PM for Sears Home Improvements, OneNote became my electronic binder and after meeting with the folks from Microsoft at BlissDom a couple of weeks back, damn all I can say is, I want it back!

As a project manager, it was imperative for me to be organized. It's ironic that these days, attempting to work from home while being fully engaged by a 2 year-old who's going on 12, I am no longer executing organization like I used to. But the word, phrase and smell of organization always gets my attention.  Did you know organization has a smell? Yeah, only us demented project managers with OCD know about this.

OneNote in Office 2010 for PC looks slick and sexy, ya'll. I'm not going to lie.  You can snip from the internet, keep yourself organized with lists, your blogs, notes, etc. It's like having a 3-ring binder with a full ream of paper and then some!

For me, I plan on using it to maintain some sort of order in my world of freelance writing and editing as well as for my domestic goddessness (crafts, recipes, home improvement projects, perhaps a record of how dates went when I actually have the time to do the sort of thing).  If you don't have Office 2010 for PC, guess what? You can use the web application!  At this time, there is no OneNote version for Mac but, with a simple sign up for WindowsLive you can have access to SkyDrive (more on this later) along with web versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.  It was super easy for me to sign up (I didn't have an account):

Following that, I had access to 25GB of free space on SkyDrive! Here's why this is important to me:  I work on editing different documents.  Some of which must be formatted in a certain way. I've noticed that when I upload/maintain MS Word documents within Google docs, some of that formatting is cleared which can cause a problem when I'm editing a dissertation, for example.

The cool thing about this is that I can give my clients access to their specific folders within SkyDrive and we don't have to continue to send docs back and forth! This will also help with my email clutter. But, I digress. Where was I?

Ah, yes! OneNote. Use it! Simple as that. Do I have to say anything else? There are a couple of cool links that show you a little more info and screenshots. I opted to show you the recipe one because it's almost dinnertime and I'm a little distracted at the thought of this fantastic lasagna I'm about to prepare (which, if I had the recipe in OneNote, I could simply share with all of you lovely people! But alas, I've never written it down). And there are templates to help you along with specific projects too! Wedding planning, budget planning, remodels, etc. Check it out and see for yourself because I could go on and on and on.

I must also tell you that, you can download a copy of OneNote to your smartphone.  I downloaded it on to Evangeline (my EVO).  This means that you can throw your to do list on there and not forget it at home (I do this often). Oh and, your shopping list! I'm notorious for making a list and then leaving it on the bathroom counter or in the fridge. Don't judge!

I'm going to be super honest with you guys, right now. I didn't know what to expect when I walked in to the Microsoft suite. But, anything that makes me feel this giddy inside is worth a try, is what I say.  I feel the same way about a new program/gadget/technology as I feel about a new book or new pair of shoes. If it grabs you and doesn't let go and it makes you feel like you need a cigarette after hearing about it? YOU NEED TO HAVE IT! And because I'm a sharer, I had to tell all of my friends and then make you get it too. What fun is it to have a new toy if you can't talk about it with someone that knows what you mean, right?

I believe I made the statement of needing a cigarette to the folks at my meeting. I'm sure they now think I'm a big weirdo.  Glad we got that out of the way, eh?

I wanted you guys to know that I was provided with a product key for Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac prior to meeting with Microsoft at BlissDom.  While there, I got so hyped on OneNote desktop (which is only available on Office for PC's) that the cool dude that was giving us the demo gave me a copy of Microsoft Office 2010 for PC so that I could load it when I run BootCamp and Windows 7 on my Mac (don't get me started on Live Writer! If you're a blogger, hang on to your panties!).

Upon further convo, I was given another copy to giveaway to you crazy people that read my blog because I know that after  reading all this blah blah blah I just wrote, you are going to want to have a copy for yourself. AND, here come the rules.  To be entered to win your very own copy of Microsoft Office  Home and Business 2010 for PC you must:

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That's it! Simple enough, right?  I will be closing the comments at 9:00 p.m. on March 26th and will announce the winner on March 27th. It's my birthday so I figure you should get a present on that day as well (read: mark that down on your calendars and be sure to order my presents early).

So, who has tried OneNote? Am I the only one that's crazy in love with it? Tell me! Tell me! Tell me!