Office365logoOrange_WebYou just read my tips on the blog for staying sane for back to school. I was happy to see that actress and mother Ali Larter shares a similar mindset. Hopefully most moms do. Having a good system and using technology can help us save a of time. Below are Ali’s tips for keeping organized using technology.

To help parents during this busy season, Office 365 has teamed up with actress, author, and working mom Ali Larter to share tips & tricks on how to save time and stay organized with technology. From staying connected through SkyDrive and Office Web Apps to not forgetting any of the details with OneNote, Ali and Office are helping working parents like her keep it all together.

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Ali Larter

1.    Get organized. Throughout the years, I have played many roles. Everything from a cheerleader in Varsity Blues to trying to save one on Heroes. My favorite two roles, however, are being a wife and mother. Whether it’s a date night with my husband, or getting my son to his doctor’s appointment on time, Outlook keeps me on track with my calendar, important contacts and emails all in one view.

2.    Digital notes help you remember. Being a working parent involves a lot of details, and I’ll be honest, sometimes they fall through the cracks. In order stay on top of details, I rely on OneNote as a second brain. Whether on the go with my phone, in my office on my PC or on the couch with my tablet – I can jot down ideas and information on the fly and those notes sync instantly across all my other devices through the cloud so I’m never without.

3.    The cloud keeps you connected. With SkyDrive and Office Web Apps, I’m able to coordinate more easily with my husband on the various projects life throws at us. I love that we can share ideas and information with each other quickly and from anywhere. For example, when I want my husband’s opinion on a script for a potential television or movie role, I load it to SkyDrive and send him a link to the document. Then he can review and make comments from wherever.

4.    Small changes can save time. We’re all creatures of habit, but I’ve learned that even small changes in my daily routine can make a huge difference. For example, I wrote my new book, “Kitchen Revelry,” in Word. Whenever and wherever inspiration hit, I was able to continue exactly where I left off through the Resume Reading feature. Since the document opened exactly at the place I needed it to, I never had to worry about losing that next great recipe idea.

5.    Make it yours. I am inspired by everything from my family, to fashion, to places across the world. Whether it’s creating a recipe card, writing my “to-dos,” or compiling a shopping list, I can express those inspirations through any of the great templates offered on It’s nice not to have to start from scratch, giving me more time to stay organized and create items that reflect my personal style.


Disclosure: I am a compensated Microsoft Office ambassador. All opinions are my own.