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Why you Should buy Microsoft Office

Why you Should buy Microsoft Office

For any freelancer, professional, hobbyist, or other, having access to a good General Purpose Package is very useful. For many the option to buy Microsoft Office is something that they will grab with both hands. However, with other free options on the market such as OpenOffice, it’s easy to ignore the clamor to pick up Microsoft Office. Why should you bother? If you can save money and still get a similar level of output why should you consider buying Microsoft Office Professional or any of the other countless iterations that exist?

Universally Used

It will be rare that you get a client or user who cannot open a .doc or .docx file. If they cannot, it’s likely because they are using an Apple device. You can easily find a .doc to .pages converter online anyway, so that won’t be an issue for most people. With that in mind the universal side of using Microsoft Office is one of the major benefits. The odd person who cannot read your documents can still get a .pages copy or something similar just by using one of the many conversion tools on the web. For this reason it makes sense to look into using Microsoft Word. From writing blog posts to college essays, it’s a piece of cake to get the content and make it look the very best that it can for your professional usage and viewing.

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Deciding to go against the grain is fine but you will find that the limitations of using .doc or .docx files is almost non-existent. If you want to get your content moving in the right direction, MS Office offers everything you need, and something others can load also.

Always Improving

Another major factor in using tools like MS Office Professional comes down almost entirely to its constant state of improvement. Yes, you have to buy more than one edition and yes, it gets more updates and refreshes than some may deem necessary. As a result, the software never feels outdated or weak compared to market alternatives. You can have a safe level of trust, consistency, and proven usage when using this hardware. It ensures that you can see continual growth in a piece of software that, as you keep using it, you grow to further understand. As such the software is unlikely to cause you to rue a feature for too long. The continued support and improvement is a major factor why Microsoft Office professional has ruled the roost since it first arrived. Without a doubt, the consistent speed and state of improvement is one of the main reasons why this software holds such a high place in the hearts of many. Simply put, it does the job that people ask of it which ensures that it offers a level of support that will make every task easier to accomplish.

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Work as One

When you have access to MS Office it’s much easier to work and collaborate as a team. New included features make sure that you can easily share documents and data with your colleagues. You can even see who has access to the document(s) that you wish to see. Best of all, it comes with real-time typing from all parties. As you work together you can all see what others are doing and improving, and view edits live. It’s a wonderful feature that makes managing and implementing needed changes much easier.

Greater Flexibility

Many of the new MS Office features include modern attachment systems. This allows you to share items via OneDrive or SharePoint. It’s a nice feature and one that can go a long way to making your business easier to work with in live time. From working on a project with friends to being able to give clients a sneak preview via the cloud, this works perfectly. It’s one of the most useful services that you can have on your side and definitely goes a long way to making sure that you can produce work in which you feel 100% confident. Added depth in share permission also allows you to control the selection process regarding who can and cannot see what you are doing.

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Easier Data Transfer

Today when you buy Microsoft Office, the most striking feature is how easy it is to get information to and from the main pieces of software. For example, you can easily get data into MS Excel just by using the Get and Transform feature. This allows for easy data gathering and shaping, allowing you to form the perfect excel files for easy refinement and analysis that aids efficiency. This new feature makes your life a whole lot easier when it comes to data analysis.

Tell Me!

This is the ultimate feature for all newbies. It allows you to give the software a list of ideas about what you want to do and it will do everything that it can to decipher what you are asking it to do. Whilst not always perfect and certain to take you down the wrong path from time to time, it’s an improving feature and one that can be hugely useful. As long as you can word the way that you want the tool to be used, it can usually find the feature. This makes it easy for you to start making changes to your projects using functions that you likely never even knew exist! With it you can being to make crucial changes to your business and your overall performance. Remember though, buying Microsoft Office is something you should consider whether it’s for writing blog pieces or for creating content to sell as a freelancer. Whatever your need, you’ll likely find that MS Office can completely meet that need.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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