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Top 10 Office 365 tools for managing New Year’s resolutions

New Year New YouIt’s that time of year again–time for New Year’s resolutions. Whether the holidays packed on a few extra pounds or emptied your wallet, this is the time to reflect and resolve. But where do you start…and more importantly, how do you make sure you stay on track?

No matter what your resolutions are, Office 365 can help. We took a look at the top resolutions from usa.gov and found that Office can be the perfect tool to help you stay organized, trim and on track. We’ve pulled together some tools to help you get off 2014 in good form:

  • Lose weight: This is widely accepted as the most popular resolution, and one that is quickly dropped. It doesn’t have to be that way this year. Fitness experts have long pointed to tracking as the best way to maintain this goal, and Office 365 offers several ways to help. Whether you want to monitor your diet, or your workout, Office 365 can be your strongest motivator. You can also manage your weight loss using Excel. Plus, by saving your workout plans in SkyDrive, you can access them from your tablet, PC, or even from the gym on your phone–so you can keep updated from virtually anywhere.

Tools & Resources:

1. Excel: Meal and nutrition tracker

2. Excel: Fitness plan

3. Excel: Weight loss tracker with BMI

  • Manage stress: The holidays often come with an unwelcomed guest…STRESS! And it’s no wonder, with all the demands like parties, shopping, baking, cleaning and entertaining. One way to keep it in check is to keep to-do lists and manage tasks in a more organized way. No matter what you’re planning for, OneNote can help you remember everything. Even if it’s the day-to-day to-dos and shopping lists that are keeping you up at night, OneNote is the perfect tool. In addition to being part of Office 365, it also comes as a free app for Windows Phone, iPhone, iPad and Android, so you can add and check off items no matter where you are.

Tools & Resources:

4. OneNote: Wedding, DIY, Recipe and Student notebooks

5. OneNote.com

  • Manage debt: Planning a budget is easy with Excel, and with mobile apps and Office Web Apps, you can check and update your spreadsheets at home, at work and on the go. Because Office Web Apps now support co-authoring, you and your family can edit and check on budgets in real time (even if you’re both in the document at the same time)!

Tools & Resources:

6. Excel: Family budget tracker

7. Blog post: Real-time co-authoring now available in Office Web Apps

  • Get a new job: Is 2014 the year for a career change? Whether you want a creative or a formal resume, we have lots of options to get you started. In addition, as we’ve mentioned before, Office is a top desired proficiency for the current workplace and now is a great time to brush up on your skills with Office 365.

Tools & Resources:

8. Word: Photo resume

9. Word: Basic resume

  • Get out of town! If your big wish for 2014 is to take that big trip, it’s time to start planning! From hotels to flight details to top attractions, there’s a lot to keep stock of when putting together your dream vacation. A OneNote travel notebook is a great tool. It includes a built in expense tracker and remember lists for when you’re on your adventure. And best of all, it travels with you on all your devices!

Tools & Resources:

10. OneNote travel notebook

No matter your resolution, we hope Office 365 helps you stick to your goals. Be sure to let us know how Office has helped you manage, track and keep your resolutions, and how you’re planning to use it in the New Year ahead by tweeting @Office with the hashtag #OfficeResolution. And if you’re not already on Office 365, make it your resolution to test it out at Office.com.

–Jevon Fark, Office Team

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