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Count the Days With a Spreadsheet

One of your most valuable assets (if not your most valuable asset) is time.

You can always get more food, more money, more toys, and more chocolate chip cookies, but you can never get more time. Each person is gifted the same 24 hours each and every day. The only difference lies in how we manage it and spend it.

Luckily for us, we have a system we use to assist us in managing this resource we know as time. This system is made up of years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.

Through these measurements we can track and manage the flow of time throughout our lives. This is definitely good news for sure, but there is a slight downside as well.

As convenient as years, weeks, hours, and seconds are, the math can be hard to wrap your head around when trying to make a timely calculation.

What makes things difficult are the different varieties of units within units. What do I mean by this? Well, take a look at this breakdown:

  • There are 12 months in a year
  • There are 52 weeks in a year
  • And there are 365 days in a year, most of the time
  • Months consists of somewhere between 4 to 5 weeks
  • And there are between 28 and 31 days per month

Luckily there are always 7 days in every single week, but we haven’t even gotten around to discussing hours, minutes, and seconds.

My point is that all of these time calculations can be tedious and difficult.

For example, calculating the number of weeks between now and three months from now is not that straight forward. Your answer could vary depending on the months we’re talking about here.

However, there is a tool out there that can help. Can you guess what it is?

You’re absolutely right! It’s a spreadsheet!

Blank Spreadsheet

Fortunately for us, a spreadsheet offers several functions and tools that we can use to get a grip on time and all of the calculations that go with it.

We don’t have to do all of that calendar math by hand anymore. Instead, we can use a simple spreadsheet formula to give us the answer in an instant. Now that sounds like an awesome tool to me!

Example No. 1 – Visualize the Year

One year of our lives is a pretty big deal. We only get around 60 to 100 of these, and that’s if we’re fortunate enough to keep ourselves healthy and safe as we live our lives of adventure.

Given the importance of a year, it makes sense to keep track of it and take a look at how we are moving through it. After all, you don’t want to wake up and all of a sudden wonder where the year went.

It can be easy to blink and seemingly transition from January to October in an instant if you’re not paying attention.

The good news is, you can use a spreadsheet to help you measure and keep an eye on your year.

There are many functions you can use to calculate how much time you’ve spent and how many days you have left. You can even create a simple graph to give you a quick visual to make it easy to track your year all the way around.

Year Passed | Doughnut Graph

Example No. 2 – Count Your Hours

In a year’s time, we get a lot done. However, we don’t do it all at once. The work we do and the progress we make is accomplished within the days that make up our years.

Even more than that, the way we spend our hours is often the difference that creates our progress.

All that to say, it’s a good idea to track which hours we work and which hours we play.

This can be hard to do with the 60 minute math that takes a lot more than merely seconds to do. But once again, we have our spreadsheets that can calculate minutes and hours for us in an instant.

If you enter a start time and an end time, you can let your spreadsheet do the rest.

Avg. Daily Hours Bar Graph

Take a look at your hours spent, make a few corrections, and the next thing you know, life balance doesn’t seem to be that far away. If you find a way to track your hours, you can pace your days, create years of remembrance, and live a life worth remembering in the end.

Example No. 3 – Track Your Sleep

It can be hard to admit, but our rest and recovery is just as important as our productivity. In fact, I’d argue that one can’t exist without the other.

It can be easy to neglect your sleep, and it can be very difficult to get it under control. The good news is, what gets measured tends to get easier to improve. So now, all we need is a way to track our rest.

You probably know what I’m going to say, but our spreadsheet can help us once again.

Just as we can track our hours worked, we can check our hours slept. It doesn’t have to be a chore to rest.

We can let the spreadsheet do the heavy lifting and use it as a tool for both our work and our sleep. Keep the time, track the hours, and watch as your life blossoms into life worth living.

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