Well, I have said it before… we are having a very mild winter here in Chicago. Weird, eh? My new saying is “Well it is 2012 after all.” But, we might still be in for it. You just never know.

Here in Chicago, when things get really, really bad weather wise it is not unusual for a normal 45 min – 1 hour commute to turn into 4 or 5 hours. It happened to me last year, and it happened to some that I know this year. So, if we can see it coming, we often try to prevent that horrible commute by working from home. And this means that you need to make sure that you have all that you need to work effectively even when snowed in. Or, heaven forbid you get stuck somewhere away from home and still need to work.

I like working from home because I have everything that I need, plus quick access to the kitchen. 🙂 And, when I have to travel I make sure that I still have everything that I need in my mobile office kit. Once you have your awesome laptop and tablet you can get to work, right? Well…if you have the right gadgets that is one thing. But, do you have the right applications on those gadgets to get things done? Of course we know that Microsoft Office is tops when it comes to word processing, email, and spreadsheets. But did you also know that you can work while mobile?

One of my fav things to do when I am out waiting somewhere for an appointment is to knock out the draft of a blog post. You can do that direct in the WordPress app on smartphones, and tablets, but I usually take a different approach. I could have a few ideas going at any one time, so I love to use an app like OneNote to make lists, notes, or jot down phrases that I do not want to forget for a later post. And the MS suite always helps you collaborate and keep in touch with your office.

Here are 10 tips from the Microsoft Office Team for Snowductivity:


The Sweepstakes

Just for checking out the tips and sharing, you could win a copy Microsoft Office 2010, a Windows Phone, and an Xbox 360 with Kinect? How cool is that? All you have to do is follow @Office on Twitter then simply retweet any tweets containing the hashtag #snowductivity between February 4th and – March 31st. They will randomly choose new winners each week. Check out the Office Blog for all of the details!