I was surfing though the Windows Live world yesterday, and I came across a link to Microsoft Office Live Workspace. I have heard of it before, but since I can no longer work, I didn’t feel I had any need to check into it.
Well, just for kicks, I clicked on the link and made a workspace in my Windows Live user name. By golly, was I surprised! There is a bunch of cool stuff in there! It is not just for the office. You have the option of making several different work spaces, depending upon your needs: sports, school, meeting, travel, job search, etc. The one that struck me was “Household Workspace”. So, I now have a Household Workspace, and I comes with these pages automatically:
- Announcement Board
- Emergency Contact List
- Household To-do List
- Grocery List
- Household Event List
You can export these pages to the appropriate Microsoft Office program, (Excel, Word, etc) and start adding the appropriate information for your family. When you are finished, you save the program back to the Microsoft Office Live Workspace. Or, you might have similar files already for your family, or totally different files you use to keep your family organized. (If you do not have Microsoft Office, the files are editable right on the Workspace.)
The wonderful thing is that once you have revised your files, or added new files, you can “Share your workspace”. You enter your family members email addresses, and say whether they can also revise the page, or just view it. The invitations are sent out, and everybody you invite can see the documents.
The first thing I did was rename the “Household To-do List” to “Honey Do List” for “Honey, do this”, and “Honey, do that”. This is a list of tasks my hubby knows need to be done, but needs to be reminded (or nagged, as he calls it). He asks me to remind him, then tells me I’m nagging when I do. (Husbands!) But, if there is a LIST of things to do, he will do them as he sees fit, and I’m not “nagging”, so we are both happy.
So, yesterday, I put the “Honey Do List” on my Microsoft Office Live Workspace, and added my hubby as an editor. He can look at the list at work, if he is in the mood to do a necessary task after work.
Taking the good idea of the “Emergency Contact List” we will be adding all of our information to this list. Then, we can access it everywhere. Our Workspace is available in our Windows Live Toolbar (part of the Windows Live Essentials package) at work (my hubby) or home, plus at Office.Live.com anywhere else we go.
If you would like to get a Microsoft Office Live Workspace for your office, sports team, family, or any other reason, follow the steps below (pasted from Microsoft Office Live Workspace for your convenience) The videos give instructions for how to do each step :
Getting started with Office Live Workspace
Use the Documents workspace to store your individual documents. To be more efficient, create workspaces for each project. Follow these easy steps:
Create separate workspaces for each of your projects.
Add documents you want to store and share.
Share your workspace so friends and colleagues can view or edit its contents.