Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Nokia E71 giveaway and a par-tay

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Nokia is having a party and you're invited. Yes, even you nonbloggy, unTwittered types. Because technology is a part of everyone's life and we're all striving to balance our cool new communication capabilities, or virtual lives, with, well, our real lives.

Nokia is hosting Julie Morgenstern, New York Times bestselling author, time management and organization expert for a special event including drinks, hors d'oeuvres, conversation and demonstrations to learn how technology and other tools can help you balance your work and play activities so you can enjoy the best of both worlds.

Attendees will have the chance to win a Nokia E71 smartphone! (est. value $489.00)

Nokia Flagship Store
543 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Thursday, October 23, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

RSVP: Nancy.Martira@ketchum.com



If you're a suburbanite like me wondering about parking and related expenses, they are working on it. And if you're busy, don't have a sitter or just too darn lazy to leave the comfort of your home, no worries.



I'm giving away a Nokia E71 right here!

Nokai says: Nokia E71 is an amazing experience for those who want constant access to their email but still have that work-life balance. A ‘Dual Mode’ button allows for the device to have two home screens – one for work and one for play. Customize each with separate email accounts, calendars, active standby applications and more. With a QWERTY keyboard, WLAN accessibility, GPS, a 3.2MP camera and productivity applications such as Microsoft QuickOffice and Adobe Acrobat Reader, this device is perfect for both work and play!

I say:
This is my cell phone on the left. Yeah, the dumbphone held together with duct tape.


THAT ONE, on the right, the sleek, snazzy, smartphone could be yours. And all for a comment.

Enter to win now through Wednesday, midnight CST!

To enter, leave a comment below with your favorite work-life balance tip.
You can boost your chances of winning by gaining extra entries for subscribing to this blog's feed, favoriting it on Technorati (am I a whore?), or by writing and linking to this contest on your own blog (one extra entry per activity).

The fine print: this contest runs through Wednesday, October 23 at midnight CST. It's open to US residents only. The sponsor will send out the product and is not responsible for knowing whether this phone is compatible with your current plan, cell phone service provider or related contracts. Winner's name will be picked out of a hat or some other old-fashioned and possibly half-assed manner. I am not being paid or otherwise compensated for running this contest nor do I have a vested interest in who wins. For example, if you support Barack Obama for president, that's awesome. But if a fan of the other guy wins the phone, so be it.

Look for my Lands' End fleece giveaway later this week!

42 comments:

CanCan (MomMostTraveled) said...

I don't know if this is a tip, but sometimes I just have to make myself walk away from the computer. It helps me to jot down a battle plan on actual paper with a real pen. If I have an outline for my article in hand before I sit down at The Machine, things go much faster...

onlycancan at hotmail dot com

Amy Nathan said...

The best way to balance is to remember that no one is perfect. Nope, no one. Anything you do is better than nothing...extra time with family should always weight more heavily than anything else.

Mrs. Mogul said...

My life balance tip is to enter things you need to remember on the calendar. With so many things on my plate now, I have to jot everything down on my laptop calendar!

mrsmogul (at) gmail (dot) com

Sprite's Keeper said...

Woo hoo! I'm in!
Work life balance tip: When I can't take anymore at work, I just think of how soon I'll be home and with my toddler. When I can't take anymore of the toddler, I just think of how soon I'll be back at work. :-)

Karen Putz said...

Hi Kim,
Wish I could go to the earlier event but I've got daycare kids that day so will only be making it to the "other" evening event.

My tip-- take care of yourself because if you don't, the rest crumbles.

That phone looks like a great one for deaf/hard of hearing people to text with.

JoanneA said...

I stick to my schedule and get my top priorities done everytime. That is the only way.

Would love to win this.

Thanks for the great contest and I used to read your Momformation! Glad to find you again!

JoanneA
Hjarreola1@hotmail.com

Stimey said...

My worklife balance tip is probably not very good because I don't feel very balanced. I work from home, so I try to keep my worktime away separate from the time I spend with my kids, which means I work from 8 to midnight every night. Does that even count as balance?

stimeyland at gmail dot com

Thien-Kim aka Kim said...

My tip isn't very original, but it works. Make a list the night before. It helps me fall asleep instead of spinning all the things I have to do the next day in my head.

I'm also subscribing to your blog!

Claire said...

having periods of time that are devoted to a single task, and not worrying about anything else that might be going on works for me. My work hours are work-only hours, and then the few hours after devoted just to home. If I need to play catch-up, that can happen later in the evening, but that first chunk is dedicated to just home-tasks.

suburban ecomom said...

My tip is to keep reading or writing material (e.g., a magazine you've been dying to read or Holiday cards that need addressing) in your car because somewhere between work and kids, it seems that there's always lots of time spent "waiting" in the car (e.g., car pool lanes, soccer practice, etc.).

Feener said...

keeping appts in ONE place, i use a google calendar that i can share with hubby

lindsay weiss said...

My tip: let your partner/husband help, and accept that it won't be exactly as you would have done it! DH has started helping me get the kids ready in the morning, and the clothes don't always match, hair is not perfect, but they're ready. And I had a cup of coffee and breakfast during that time, so I'm not complaining!

Naomi said...

I wish I could say that I balance work and life well but it's a constant struggle. One thing that definitely does help: remembering to just say no. Overcommitting is something that seems to be in most moms' natures and it is a surefire way to inject unnecessary stress into your life...

I tried to favorite you on Technorati but apparently that feature is down. Perhaps that explains why my Technorati ranking is down 20 points in two days. Yikes!

Leeanthro said...

I try to keep balance by leaving work at work. Unless I have a conference coming up, I never bring work home with me. When I receive journals at home that pertain to my field, I take them in to the office.

Now if only it was easy to leave home at home.

I have been looking at new phones. I want one with a keyboard and the ability for internet access/data plan so that we can go online to try to figure out carb info when dining or traveling. It would make mealtime away from home a lot easier.

Extra entry: I subscribe.

Thanks for such a great giveaway!

Liz said...

i don't know i this is a tip or not, but i always gave myself 15 minutes every few hours to do the "other things" needed from my family while i was at the office--scheduling doctor's appointments, calling babysitters/schools, whatever.

that's a sexy phone.

houseofh at gmail dot com

SJ said...

First of all, I subscribed!

And now for my life/balance tips: It's a must that I leave work at work, and that I have my daily planner with me at all times so that I can pencil in appointments, etc. I wouldn't be able to function any other way!

Thanks for a great giveaway, I'd love to win this!

eatmisery said...

Oh, you can count me in on this giveaway! My favorite work-life balance tip is to go through a little ritual every time I get in the car to come home. I "take off" my teacher hat and put on my "Mommy hat." It sounds silly, but that little act helps me decompress on the ride home and not bring any work home mentally.

Abby M. said...

As someone who has goofed up signing up for my daughter's parent/teacher conferences for the second time in a row (meaning, we may not actually get one), I'm not sure I'm qualified to offer tips to others. Writing lists, relentless nagging of family members, and tuning out my co-worker whose household sounds like it runs like a well-oiled machine on the kid/work thing have all helped me (although in this case the conference sign up nagging was not relentless, hence the lack of an appointment and the perception of parental negligence).

single mom seeking said...

Great contest! Subscribed! I "Technortied" you, too.

Tip for work life balance?

Exercise!

Kickboxing three nights a week helps me release all the tension I'm feeling in this current economic crisis.

Not only do I get a healthy adrenaline buzz, but I'm a better, calmer parent. I hope.

P.S. The kid also does her homework in childcare. Most of the time.

Stephanie said...

I think my best balance tip is this: value yourself. I think moms feel so guilty for carving out a little time for themselves - everyone else seems to come first. But if you make a regular commitment to yourself, you can accomplish so much more with your time. Renew, refresh, recharge ... it can only take a little time each day. It can make a big difference!

molly said...

Kim this is so exciting!! My work-life balance tip isn't cutting edge--I make lots of lists and I try to do as much of my computer work when my kids are napping or in bed. Of all the things that distract me from them, the computer seems to be the one that bothers them the most. So I try to stay away from it as much as I can when they're awake. (though I still MUST check in now and then) hmmm..sounds like the reason why I NEED this phone!!!

molly said...

PS. I just subscribed...didn't know I hadn't already?! but good for another entry! yay!

2KoP said...

I have two tips. 1) my large color-coded calendar on my fridge. Each person has a color, the dog has a color, school has a color and the house has a color. Click here to it see it in all its glory.

2) Let your kids help. It took me a long to to reach this point, but there are jobs that even very small children can do to help the family. They get a better appreciation of what you do and an understanding that things (like dinner, clean clothes) don't just magically appear. Even though it may seem easier to do it yourself, in the long run you will feel better if you are getting help around the house and your kids will be better prepared for the real world.

P.S. I'm embarrassed to admit that I dropped my cell in water TWICE, and now three of the buttons don't work at all, so I could really use that fab new phone. This is my email link. Thanks.

Bonggamom said...

Thanks for the great giveaway, Kim -- you rock. My work-life balance tip is to eat a good breakfast. It really does set the pace for the day and gives you the energy to do what needs to be done in the morning without resorting to sugary mid-morning snacks.

kristina said...

My best life balance tip: I go to the bathroom, shut the door and ignore husband or preschooler or whoever is yelling for me.

OK, I subscribed via yahoo, will mention this on MOMfo tomorrow and I'll technorati it later (was down due to maintenance).

Wished I lived in Chicago cause I'd totally go to this event.

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Ugh- I NEED tips. I guess balance for me is to always bring family back into focus. If my work starts to affect family time or put my family out too much, then I have to bring it back in (this is why I can't attend the party tomorrow!)

I'd love to win, tho-

:)

Steph

Selfish Mom said...

I have no tips because I'm really really bad at that, but since I recognize my problem I'm going to make an effort to implement some of your suggestions!

Farrah said...

Not sure if this counts as a tip but it is what works for me... At the beginning of the week I make a list of the things that absolutely MUST get done and the things I would like to get done. Then I sit with my calendar and try to figure out what things I can get done each day in the available time that I have. It helps me to see if I am going to need to get most things done on Monday 'cuz there won't be much free time the rest of the week or if I can put some things off until the next week so as to actually have some free time. Just what works for me...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway. I subsribed and will blog about it tonight. Can you tell I desperately need a new phone? My ever-curious toddler has all but destoyed mine. :)
Thanks Kim!!

toohotforturtle said...

I always have a 20 minute transition time from work>home or home>work. Whether it be in the car with the radio turned up, taking a walk, or reading something entertaining on the net, I always transition so that I can leave work at work, home at home.

Jill C. said...

For balance in my home, I make sure that from the time my dd gets home from school until dinner time...I am HERS! No computer..no phone...just me and her jumping on the trampoline, going for a walk or playing school. She is the reason I work from home, so to me not spending this time with her really defeats the purpose! Now my husband is a different story!!! :-)

Jill C. said...

Faved on Technorati!

Serena said...

Get help if you can. We have a a cleaning lady every two weeks. Yes it means we eat out a lot less and make cuts elsewhere but there is something to be said about having someone who's not distracted by your toddler or homework or the school bakesale take care of the things that seem to go by the wayside--like dusting or vacuuming.

When the house has been reset every other Wednesday, things always seem to run a little smoother. Definitely worth it in our household.

Robyn said...

My best tip: pack everything up at night. Your laptop bag, the kids lunches, whatever needs to be back-packs or special projects. That way when you are in the morning rush, everything is ready to go.

Robyn said...

Also gave you link-love on Who's the Boss?

http://www.whosthebossblog.com/my_weblog/2008/10/wednesday-link-love.html

beth - total mom haircut said...

This is a great giveaway! Found you through the SVMoms group - thank you for posting about it.

My best work/life tip: If it's not designated "work time," turn the Blackberry, or in this case Nokia E71, off!

beth at totalmomhaircut dot com

Nancy said...

Kim, thanks for posting this. I attended the Nokia event in New York last night and Julie was great. Her tips were actually very helpful.

Farrah said...

Did I mention that I blogged about this... AND subscribed!! I need this phone! :)

One thing I need and one thing I want

katy ryan said...

I'm a sucker for gadgets :) And as someone who has a full-time freelance workload and a full-time job as a magazine editor, well, I'll take all the work-life tips I can get!

But the most important thing I'm learning is balance. It's so easy to never let your workday end, especially when you're working from home, which I seem to be doing more and more of. But sticking to a schedule and using simplistic office tools, such as a small dry erase board with an ongoing task and deadline list, can be lifesavers when it comes to managing a full workload along with life's other responsibilities. And never let yourself feel guilty about breaking for lunch, especially if you work from home! Social interaction and a change of scenery can do wonders for flagging energy levels.

Now, please excuse me -- I'm off to subscribe and score another entry. Nothing like waiting until the last minute! :)

Kim Moldofsky said...

Winner will be named around 5:00 CST today!

fav.or.it said...

My best tip would be to work as little overtime as possible. Remember we work to live. Not live to work.

sent from: fav.or.it

Jessica Gottlieb said...

I shattered my phone in ways that duct tape won't fix.

I work from home, so I set a timer and when it's time to stop working, I stop abruptly, otherwise I'd ignore my kids.

Kim Moldofsky said...

Congrats to Farrah from babylovesslings for winning the Nokia smartphone!