Do you feel like there’s never enough time? Do you have trouble getting organized and staying on top of the clutter? If so, you’re in luck and definitely not alone. Blogger, author, entrepreneur and proud mom, Jen Singer joined me this morning to discuss how you can use technology to get organized and stay organized for good! She also dished on how you can enter to win the trip of your dreams.
Candace Rose: How can technology help us get things done more easily and from just about anywhere?
Jen Singer: “You’ll be interested to find out that there’s a survey by Harris Interactive on behalf of Microsoft that found some pretty interesting things about the things we want to work.
One is that one in five people said they’d be willing to take a pay cut in order to have more flexibility in where and where they work. The other one is funny and I have to admit I’m guilty of it- one in five people said they’ve worked while in the bathroom.
I partnered with Microsoft because I work the way you do, and what I do is I use Office 365 in order to get things done. We’ve been celebrating Get It Done day, and one of the things I want to tell you about is Office 365 SkyDrive…if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a cloud service. If I’m working from home with my cat in my lap, and I’m working on an article or a blog, I can put it up on SkyDrive and then dash off to the soccer game, and then at halftime or while they’re warming up or whatever, I can work on it from my phone or on my tablet. That’s one good way to get it done without hiding in the bathroom.”
Candace Rose: You’re a busy mom and businesswoman, like so many women out there. How do you stay organized?
Jen Singer: “One thing I do, and this is especially great for Thanksgiving if you’re cooking dinner, I use OneNote which are digital notebooks, and I can keep track of all the recipes that I’m thinking of cooking in a few weeks. I put them all in this digital notebook called OneNote, and then they aren’t on little pieces of paper all over my kitchen under my refrigerator. And on the day of Thanksgiving when I go to cook, I can pull them all up on my tablet and they’re right there ready for me to go.”
Candace Rose: What is Microsoft Office doing today?
Jen Singer: “It’s been Get It Done day, to celebrate how we share ideas and how we’re able to get things done on our own terms, where we want to work, when we want to work- whether it’s in the bathroom hiding from the dogs, whatever. There’s a contest that people can enter in order to celebrate and it’s at Office.com/GetItDone where you can enter for your chance to win an all expense paid trip to really cool places. There’s also a way for you to join the conversation using the hashtag #getitdone.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share with us?
Jen Singer: “Yes, there’s one more…especially for this time of year. My kids are transitioning from one sport to another, so I use Outlook to keep track of their calendars and of mine (which often overlap) and it has a little reminder to tell me to go pick up so and so at soccer, and go pick up so and so at Cross Country. It’s on my phone, it’s on my desktop on my tablet whenever I need to get things done.”
Candace Rose: Where can we go for more information on everything you mentioned?
Jen Singer: “Your best bet is to go to where the contest is, which is Office.com/GetItDone. And then of course online, share the conversation with hashtag #GetItDone.”