Office 365 for productivity anywhere, anytime.

In case you thought you were the only person trying to keep with technology don’t feel bad, you are not alone.

We live in a technology driven world twenty four seven now.  A classic example is now the Office 365 offering by Microsoft.  Personal and corporate users can now access their software on a subscription basis with access to cloud storage and all the Office 2016 software packages.

Consider the benefits to your company and staff productivity.  You can literally have staff working on the same document saving it to the same one drive account.  Here are some other fantastic features:

  • Access work away from the office.  (You can connect up to 5 different devices off one cloud account).
  • Share Securely when you save and upload your documents to a secure storage medium that is safe and secure from hackers day and night.
  • Collaborate between staff for enhanced productivity.
  • Manage all your accounts easily in one place.
  • Save big on both staff and infrastructure to maintain an Exchange environment and keep all updates and patches current.
  • Join the future of file sharing and management. Individual packages start as low as $6 per month that can be accessed anywhere you have an internet connection.

Office 365 at SBC

For more information please visit www.office.microsoft.com for your free trial today.

SBC is a Silver Mid Market Solution Provider and a Microsoft Office 365 reseller of these licenses. If you would like a quote or want to discuss moving to Office 365 please call Rich Chapman at 306 244-6333.

Several attractive plans are available depending on your requirements and path you want to explore.

The 12 Best Free Apps for College Students

Make the most of your time in college with these 12 best free apps.


Productivity

OneNote/Pocket/Evernote/Google Keep

All these apps collect all your notes, lists, reminders, recipes, homework, photos, voice recordings, and more. You can access from phone, computer, and tablet. All of them are free moderate users and some are free even for users who require a ton of storage. They are similar in their functionality and so which you choose is a matter of preference but in general MS Office users prefer OneNote; Pocket is best for folks with a lot of online reading; Evernote has more features and functions and Google Keep works well for serious Android users.

OneNote |Pocket |Evernote |Google Keep

Evernote elephant

Never forget


Storage and Backup

Dropbox and Google Drive

Known your files are secure and backed up in the cloud. Store personal or work documents, photos, movies, music and more and access them from your phone, computer or tablet. Dropbox has a much larger upload limit while Google Drive allows users to create, upload, and download docs, spreadsheets, diagrams, pdfs, videos, and more.

Dropbox | Google Drive (video)

 Agendas and Lists

Any.do/Wunderlist

Create and curate lists and schedule reminders, share with others, and schedule your day for maximum productivity. Try both apps to see which one you prefer.

Any.do| Wunderlist

Share your lists

Harness your lists


Budgeting

Mint

There are no runner-ups when it comes to free, secure personal finance software. Plug in all your financial info to create a budget, find ways to save, and be alerted to suspicious financial activity on your cards. This is an award-winning tool to track and manage your income and expenses.

Mint

Mint dot com

Manage your money intuitively


Reference

Dictionary.com/Wikipedia

Both are terrific references. Dictionary.com is your portable word and spelling reference manual, while Wikipedia provides brief, reasonably accurate overviews of complex ideas and topics for further research. Both are free to download.

Dictionary.com | iPhone | Android

Wikipedia | Android |iPhone


Relax

Calm

Sometimes you feel overwhelmed. Practice Guided or free meditation along with an optional how-to so you can take anywhere from 2-30 minutes out of your day, recharge, and live in the moment.

Calm

Calm app

Take a deep breath

Are You Technophobic? How To Turn Your Fear Into Power

Do you feel like modern technology is moving to fast?

Do you feel anxious at the thought of being asked to learn a new program at work?

Do you think people today are far too reliant on technology?

Do you feel out of the loop around people discussing apps and software?

Have you given up trying to keep track of the latest and greatest in new technology?

laptop fear

How confident do you feel?

If you answered yes to two or more of these questions, you just might be a technophobe.

You might not think that’s such a bad thing, but it can have negative consequences in other areas of your life. Consider the following ways this might currently or one day impact your life.


internet fatigue

Social Media isn’t all or nothing.

At work

  • Increasing anxiety that you are out of touch and might become obsolete.
  • Fear of learning new technology that your company has mandated.
  • Dread that you are too old or uninformed to keep up with the pace of change in business.

At home

  • Fear of missing out on new conveniences designed to improve your home life.
  • Anxiety at the thought of your children learning technology you don’t understand.
  • Concern for the safety and security of your child’s welfare online.
  • Fear of scamming, hacking, phishing, or other digital crimes.
  • Loss of confidence in your ability to learn that can bleed into other areas of life.

 Fear of technology is mostly about attitude. It can further broken down into several very valid, real fears that everyone experiences.

Laptop freak out

Don’t let fear overwhelm you.

  • Fear of change – resistance to new ways of doing things.
  • Fear of feeling stupid – desire to disguise our ignorance about things we don’t understand.
  • Fear of aging or losing relevance – feeling our wealth of information is not longer valuable.
  • Fear of technological dependence – worry that we will lose our current skills and become overdependent  and incapable of ‘unplugging’.
  • Fear of failure – fear we will overcomplicate our lives, ruin systems rather than improving them, or that we will attempt to learn something and fail.

The good news is, technophobia is possible to overcome.

It is a self-limiting belief that we choose to fulfill when we give in to the belief that we can’t learn something new or that our ignorance is virtuous.

phone tech fear

It’s all about trial and error.

Here are some strategies for challenging those self-limiting beliefs and gradually becoming more confident in the way we engage with new technology.

 Technology isn’t all or nothing. It’s a buffet.

Even people who work in tech for a living don’t know everything about it. They choose to learn only about things that interest them or might improve their lives. Reading a little about new and widely available technology, like phone or computer apps, can help you learn how certain kinds of software can make your life easier without overwhelming you.

You can’t wreck it and it won’t wreck you.

Good news for technophobes — it’s not easy to break it. Your phone, your tablet, your computer, your modem – pressing buttons you’ve never pressed before, or fiddling with different settings won’t wreck anything. If something happens you didn’t intend on and you can’t reset your tech, odds are that someone else knows how and would be happy to put it right. Likewise, people don’t become mindless, tech-obsessed zombies overnight. Let technology be a tool in your life that provides shortcuts so you have more time to spend on the things that really matter in your life.

Challenging your comfort zone benefits other areas of your life.

When we push ourselves out of our daily routines and habits of thinking, it not only builds new pathways and circuits in the brain, but it also challenges the beliefs we have about ourselves and our capabilities. When we learn something new, especially if challenges us, we find ourselves empowered to do other difficult things we aspire to attempt.

Use technology to answer your questions.

Here’s a secret. Most techies are not necessarily more knowledgeable about the tech they use, they’re just better at knowing where and how to solve their problems. Googling specific questions “How to reset zoomed iPhone screen” will yield plenty of answers. YouTube also provides many tutorials so you can follow along and pause when needed.

Imagine yourself as an explorer.

Encountering new tech can be overwhelming. Sometimes there are dozens of program buttons with no explanation. Many young, tech savvy users don’t actually “use” every program on their phone or computer. Sometimes everything is disconcertingly simple you it’s hard to figure out how to make the tech DO anything. In both cases you need to play around and try different things. Learn how to close or escape functions and programs and then try everything twice. You won’t break it. You’re just learning, the same way every other user does.

Prepare for lifelong learning.

Technology doesn’t cease to evolve just because we stop keeping up with it. Nor is it all or nothing – just because you’re not an expert doesn’t mean there’s no point in paying attention. There are so many benefits to challenging your own beliefs about yourself and about technology. Continuous learning improves your brain function and your confidence.