Requested by meg barrett

Microsoft Workplace Productivity Apps, Ranked By Fun

Great LR, @megbarrett ! Thank you....
  1. 8.
    Access
    F that, I'm not nerdy enough to be using an Access database for anything.....
  2. 7.
    Project
    Thank GOD I don't have to use this anymore - Gantt charts, timelines, horrible interface, blech.
  3. 6.
    Word
    Not fun, do not want. Spent way too much of my career staring at a screen, adjusting fonts and tab stops and trying to fix Table of Contents (or would that plural be Tables of Contents?) and generally hating life whilst using Word.
  4. 5.
    Outlook (Email)
    Ugh. The wurst. Emails are annoying AF and keeping my Inbox current is a never-ending chore (my Personal email may have over 31,000 unread emails, but work has 0 by EOD).
  5. 4.
    Excel
    Excel can be frustrating, but also fun - if you like numbers, and messing with people when given the opportunity.
  6. 3.
    Outlook (Calendar)
    As a remote worker, I have to be prompt and at meetings/concalls because while my coworkers can say they're "stuck in traffic" or "got caught in the hall talking to Janice" or "walking over from the conference room," I CAN'T say I was "outside fishing" or "playing with my kids" or "Dayli.sting™ on the deck" to explain my tardiness.
  7. 2.
    PowerPoint
    While a fun episodic moment in The Office, PowerPoint isn't exactly a barrel of monkeys. I have to use it to put together presentations and then present using it. There's a fine line between using it as a visual aid and using it as a crutch or overwhelming the audience. Getting it juuuuuuuust right could, I guess, qualify as "fun."
  8. 1.
    Outlook (Contacts)
    Not exactly fun - until you upload your Contacts to a free answering service app and have individual messages for each contact (if you choose to) that you record, or use a movie clip, or have a female assistant voice say "Sorry, Eric, Brett can't take your call right now. Please leave a message." Listening to my VM's after that is legitimately fun. 😄