I don’t know about you, but my email is a jumbled mess. It needs help.
And then there are kids schedules, blog projects, household projects and recipe lists…. and a whole whole lot more.
I’ve been using Microsoft Office to pretend to be organized. It actually does help quite a bit. The tools within their suite of software is really helpful. especially for someone like me who is managing a small business and a household.
Office has a number of great ways to help you stay organized.
Think of Outlook as your online day planner, a must-have for every mom! Not only can you send and receive email, you can plan meetings, set reminders, and flag important mail messages for follow up.
I am fan of categories and folders in Outlook. To be honest, it’s a little ridiculous and I actually probably need a slightly better system because I get around 200-300 emails a day. Yes. That many. I have my different accounts color coded in categories, which I love, but when someone emails me on my personal account for business, I don’t always remember to change the category (you see where this is going) but luckily the search feature saves the day and keeps me in check. 🙂
The calendar system in Outlook is awesome too. You can continue to use categories to separate work, family, school, kids etc. That way at a glance you can easily see your day. Or week. Or month. It’s actually a feature I really under utilize and need to get better about. (Writing this post is actually a good reminder!)
For my food blog, Trio of Tastebuds, I love love love Excel to keep my recipe ideas organized. Oh, and food holidays. Do you know how many food holidays there are? It’s pretty ridiculous but thanks to Microsoft Excel, I can have a nice little tab for each month, and have all of them listed. Since it’s a collaboration, my co-owner Angela and I can even keep track of who is writing about the different holidays and recipes. I love it!
To be honest, I’ve been using some form of Microsoft Office since the mid 90s. I love the improvements they’ve made over the years and how seamlessly all of the products integrate with each other. Seriously, if you are a mom with a computer, you’re going to need Microsoft Office.
Maybe I’ll get brave enough to write up some how to and tip posts on my favorite ways to use Outlook, since if I did it all here, this post would get unwieldy. Feel free to remind me that I said I’d make an attempt! 🙂
Disclosure: The nice folks at Microsoft gave me a copy of the latest version of Microsoft Office, which I was actually nice enough to load on my Sony Vaio that I lent to my mom. (I’m actually running the latest version on my Macintosh already).I’ll try and get some feed back from her from the PC side for you soon. I didn’t receive any other compensation and the opinions here are my own.