New Year, More Organized You With #Office365 (free printables)


I'm a Microsoft Office Champion, and this is my sponsored story (insert Law & Order thump here). See below to download a budget template, 2014 calendar and blogger to do list. New YearI'm spending the day getting ready for my first full week of 2014.

Now that I have my word for the year, I want to help you create a more organized you. Because I love you, I’m going to help you stay on track and ready to take this year by storm.

I get lots of questions as to how I keep my OCD organization going. Simple. I use the tools at my fingertips. First, I can't say enough about OneNote. Having this doohickey handy is the best thing since sliced chocolate (I mean seriously, who came up with sliced bread?!). I have a tab in my notebook for each month and then add pages as needed (I like doing weekly pages so that I keep a running tab of what has to be done and can check off what's already been handled). Weekly tabs help me feel more productive because working for myself means that some days I don't get as much handled. This way, I look at my week as a whole instead of my day-to-day. OneNote is really the beginning and ties in everything else. I’ll show you how later.

Mo' Money

Who keeps a budget? I find that I am less stressed when I make room for all of my money. Not knowing where your money goes will ensure you don't know how your money is spent. So, I use Excel to keep me in check. It is so helpful to be able to go back and know exactly what's been going on in my financial life. Lawd knows this Mami brain is incapable of holding all of those details in my remaining brain cells.

Within my budget workbook, I keep a "blogger expenses"tab. This helps me plan out my year and figure out what's what. I find it helpful because I can put a number on that at the beginning of the year and then double check as the year goes along to make sure I'm sticking with it.


And speaking of blogging, I keep an editorial calendar in WordPress but, I have recently started creating my own organizer (stay tuned for more details on that). Guess what I used to create it? Microsoft Publisher! I've been using Publisher since my days as a category manager where I was in charge of creating a semi-annual product catalog. I've been a fan ever since. I am able to create the pages that I need in a format that is user friendly and that works for me.

All Roads Lead to OneNote

Okay so are you ready for this? Are you? I can drop my Excel spreadsheets into OneNote and edit them later (in Excel). Shut yo mouth!

Oh and if you're wondering about my blogger organizer? I PDF my pages and then I can drop them in to OneNote and type/write in whatever I want.

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Yes, I am doing the happy dance. The cool thing is that I can print it from there and add to a binder if I should want to kill trees and keep the paper mills in business. Lots of ways to do it and all with one tool: Office 365.

New Year Templates

I'm feeling rather sharey today so I will share a simple budget template as well as a calendar and a weekly to do list to keep you bloggers out there organized. Just sign up for my newsletter and get the files delivered to your inbox!


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Tell me, how do you keep yourself organized and productive throughout the year?

Disclosure: I am a Microsoft Office Champion and this is a sponsored post. All excitement over the geekiness I create is unscripted, free of charge and purely my own.

Spring Cleaning Con Microsoft Office 365


When my pals over at Microsoft Office and I started talking about the happenin's for the spring, we inevitably talked about Spring cleaning. Thanks to them and my crew at Social Influenz, I can now ensure at least one area of my life is not cluttered (does it count if the clothes strewn about in my room are clean? Is that clutter?).

So I don't know about you but, I accumulate a lot of electronic files.  Pictures are the worst. I upload to Facebook, download from my phone, have copies go right to automatic download, etc.  In an attempt to organize, I end up with folders and subfolders that would rival any Hoarders episode. This spring I'm changing that (because I totally enjoy the electronic clean up rather than the real one).

Enter Microsoft Office 365! I can now clean up and my files are nice and organized in good ol' SkyDrive. I use that for my personal files AND for my business files. This way my Office documents don't lose any of their formatting and I can give access to my clients to check out images, videos, spreadsheets or documents that we are collaborating on without having to email back and forth. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, is what I say!  You can even access these files on your Windows Phone if you have picked yourself up this little gadget.

Of course, you know I'm a fan of OneNote from my previous raves about it. If you ever wonder where I keep it all and how I keep things straight in my head, this is it.  I have a copy of the app on the mamiPad, on Sammy and of course on zenMami.  This means I can update on-the-go since OneNote is also available for all of my gadgets. How sweet is that?!

Office 365 Home Premium gives me the flexibility I need to handle the tasks on my plate. Wherever I am. I've been getting a lot of questions on 365 so I thought I'd give you Mami's FYI's.

It is subscription-based software, which means you can use one license for an entire household on up to five devices (YAY). The new offering includes the latest and most complete set of Office applications; works across up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs and Macs; and comes with extra SkyDrive storage andSkype calling.

What it Includes:

  • The latest and most complete set of Office applications: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher and Access
  • One license for the entire household to use Office on up to five devices, including Windows tablets, PCs or Macs, and get Office on Demand from any Internet-connected PC
  • An additional 20 GB of SkyDrive cloud storage, nearly three times the amount available with a free SkyDrive account
  • 60 free Skype world calling minutes per month to call mobile phones, landlines or PCs around the world (because if you remember, I totally need to talk to my dad on Skype again after the last rigamarole)
  • Future upgrades, so you always use the latest time-saving technology
  • Automatic save to SkyDrive, so your documents — and even your personal settings — are always available from virtually anywhere and on your favorite devices (I like this because it always feels like whatever machine you're on is yours)

Office 365 Home Premium Pricing and Availability:

At US $99.99 for an annual subscription, Office 365 Home Premium costs the equivalent of US$8.34 per month. It can be purchased online at or in your nearest Microsoft Retail Store.

And there you have it. A surefire way to get organized this spring! I mean what more do you want from me? And before you answer that: no I will not come and do all this for you. Unless of course, you can come over to my house and put all these clothes away. In which case, what time can you be here?

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Disclosure: This is part of a sponsored campaign with Social Influenz and Microsoft for Office 365. However, all opinions expressed are my own.