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Ten Google Spreadsheet Ideas

Microsoft Excel is without a doubt one of the most popular spreadsheet applications to use; however, it is not the only one out there. There is also Google Sheets (among a few other options a well).

If you are curious about Google Sheets, the main things to know are that:

  • Google Sheets is free to use so long as you have a Google Account
  • Google Sheets is an excellent Excel alternative
  • Google Sheets allows you to share your spreadsheets with others

Google Sheets is an amazing free tool that you can start using today if you aren’t already. To help compliment that statement, here are ten Google Sheets spreadsheet ideas.

Idea No. 1 – A Gift List

Come your birthday or Christmas time, it’s fun to put together a wish list of things that you’d like to receive. What’s even better is when you get someone else’s list because you can now get that person a gift that will really make them smile.

The great news is that if you make your list in Google Sheets, you can now share this spreadsheet with whoever you’d like. Creating your list is easy, but having the ability to share it with almost anyone else is what makes it truly fantastic!

Idea No. 2 – A Couple’s Budget

Budgeting by itself is not the easiest task in the world. Having to budget with another person introduces a whole new level of complexity. However, there is no need to worry.

A spreadsheet on its own is a great tool to use for putting together and keeping a budget. But if you add in the power of sharing as well (they say sharing is caring after all), then it makes it that much easier to collaborate and communicate.

Creating a Google Sheets based budget gives you the flexibility and the power to work together on the budget at the exact same time. What’s more, you don’t even have to be on the same continent for this to work (provided you both have access to the internet that is).

Couple’s budgeting just got a little bit easier!

Idea No. 3 – Chore Assignments

No one wants to do all of the chores all by themselves.

A great solution to this would be to create a clever spreadsheet the distributes all the chores among your family members or roommates.

If you do this in Google Sheets, any changes in tasks or assignments can be viewed or made by anyone in an instant. That’s a lot of flexibility for a very powerful tool.

Idea No. 4 – Family Reading Tracker

If your family is weird but wonderful like mine, then you just might have an annual reading competition in which the person who reads the most pages gets a trophy at the end of the year. (I am very determined to win this year!)

Wouldn’t it be cool if there was a tool where everyone could enter in their books or pages read? Then you could see the race as it’s happening in real time!

The best part is that you can use Google Sheets to build just that!

Idea No. 5 – An Event List

How many times have you said to yourself, “Oh wow, that would be so fun! We should do that sometime soon.”? Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you had a place to store these ideas?

A great place to keep all of these ideas could actually be a spreadsheet! What’s even better would be a spreadsheet that can be shared with others.

Once again, this is a situation where Google Sheets offers the perfect solution. You can put together a detailed event list, and from that point forward, everyone will have access to all of those wonderful ideas!

Idea No. 6 – An Event List

Although an itinerary is not something you need all of the time, there are certainly circumstances that call for one.

This means that having a way to create and manage an itinerary is of great importance from time to time. For this specific task, you can absolutely use a Google Sheets spreadsheet.

Not only will you have “The Power of Spreadsheets” at your fingertips, but you also have the power of sharing too. If you are working with others to nail down the vital details, using Google Sheets makes it easy to do so.

Idea No. 7 – An RSVP Tracker

Here’s a situation for you:

  • You have invited 50 people to your party
  • Collecting RSVPs is important
  • You need an easy way to allow people to fill in there own RSVP on their own time

This can be a tough situation to be in, but there is a solution.

All you’ve got to do is create a Google Sheets spreadsheet, fill in all of the names, and create a space to mark the status for each person.

Now you have a way to track your RSVPs.

The possibilities don’t just end there though! You can now share this spreadsheet with all 50 of your guests and they can individually update their RSVP status at any given time.

The situation has been accounted for, and the RSVP conundrum has been solved.

Idea No. 8 – Meeting Notes

So many meetings these days are held virtually, and there are so many tools that go with them. However, you don’t always need the fanciest of tools to get through a meeting.

Instead, you can us a spreadsheet and share it with all those involved in the meeting (assuming you are using Google Sheets that is).

That makes it easy to track comments, make notes, and share information with everyone else in real time. Virtual meetings just got a little more personal.

Idea No. 9 – Family Info Storage

What do you think of this idea?

There is a place where your family can keep important contact information, the wi-fi password, the good news, and anything else that the family needs to know, and everyone in the family has access to this information at all times.

This sounds like a good idea for me.

Now many inter-family texts can now be avoided. What’s more, we just found another great use for Google Sheets! How awesome is that?

Idea No. 10 – A Log for Spreadsheet Ideas

Here is one final scenario for you.

Imagine that you run a website about spreadsheets and post a blog two times a week. Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a little help in generating and storing spreadsheet ideas?

Well a great resource to help generate ideas would be a Google Sheets spreadsheet that is shared with family members and friends.

Now everyone can help out by adding in their own amazing ideas!

All of a sudden, there is a huge pool of ideas to pick from. How awesome is that?

Do You Have Any Ideas?

Although this post is coming to an end, the ideas don’t have to end here.

If you, the reader, have any other ideas of nifty spreadsheets that can be created with Google Sheets, definitely leave a comment down below. After all, some of my best learning comes from the ideas, advice, and suggestions of others.

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