I was walking through my accountant’s parking lot when I found out that the doctor I needed to interview for a magazine article was ready to talk.
So I did what I usually do when I’m out and about and I have to get work done: I turned my car into a parked office.
I fired up my Windows 8 tablet, using a hotspot to access the Internet. I clicked on SkyDrive, where I pulled down from the cloud my OneNote notebook for my work-in-progress, and clicked over to the page I’d created for the doctor who had suddenly and unexpectedly become available. I put in my phone’s earpiece, called the doctor’s office and voila! I got the interview done in a parking lot along the highway in Wayne, New Jersey.
A recent Harris Interactive study on behalf of Microsoft found that one in five workers would be willing to take a pay cut if they could have more flexibility in their schedules or the ability to get work done outside their offices. I already do, and you can, too.
I frequently Get It Done while I’m not even in my home office. Whether I’m at the high school, waiting for my sons’ cross country practice to end, or at Starbucks between soccer games, I use Office 365 to get done what I usually do while sitting at my desk.
That’s because I put everything I work on in my office up on SkyDrive, a cloud-based storage service from Microsoft, so that I can access it from anywhere. That means that I can pull down the book I’m writing to make some edits on Word on my tablet – even on my Windows 8 phone. I can check my Excel spreadsheets that keep track of my article submissions, and I can add interviews to my OneNote notebooks. I can even work on PowerPoint presentations and add yet another soccer carpool to my Outlook calendar – in my office, in my kitchen while cooking dinner, and just about anywhere I go.
If you’re like me and Office 365 helps you get stuff done wherever you are, you could win an all-expenses-paid trip of a lifetime. Visit www.office.com/getitdone to enter the contest by 11/21/13. Good luck!
Note: Microsoft and I have continued our mutual adoration club this year. (Remember when I was on Anderson?) This post is part of the Office Champs brand ambassador program, but the words and thoughts are all mine.