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Ten Things You Can Store in a Spreadsheet

Did you know that in a single Excel workbook, there are 16,384 columns and 1,048,576 rows? That means that there are 17,179,869,184 cells in a single spreadsheet.

That’s crazy! Imagine how much stuff you can stuff in there. So much stuff!

But what exactly do you stuff in there in the first place?

Well, there are loads of things that you can put in there. In fact, I’d say that a spreadsheet is a wonderful place to put things.

To drive this point home, here are ten examples of things you can store in a spreadsheet and why it would be a great idea to do so.

Example No. 1 – Financial Transactions

Storing a copy of your financial transactions in a spreadsheet is a fantastic idea for so many reasons.

Not only can you easily check to see if all of your books are balanced this way, but you can add in other information to drill down into your spending habits even further.

Account Balance Graphs

Spreadsheets give you so many options with the data you supply to them, so why not provide data that matters.

If you want to really get your financial life organized and on track, try storing your transactions in a spreadsheet.

Allow yourself the opportunity to take a clear picture of your financial habits and tendencies all the way around.

Financial Dashboard

Example No. 2 – Assets and Liabilities

Since we are on the subject of finances, it seems appropriate to also mention assets and liabilities.

These are simply the items that determine your overall net worth. Tracking your net worth is a wonderful idea because it allows you to take an honest look at your current financial situation.

Are you doing well, are you struggling, and are you headed in the right direction?

Put your assets and liabilities into a spreadsheet once, update them periodically, and let the spreadsheet do the hard work of figuring out which direction you’re going.

What you track and measure is much easier to improve. So if you want to improve your financial situation, store and track your assets and liabilities in a spreadsheet.

Assets & Liabilities

Example No. 3 – DVDs and CDs

I love movies, and I love music. Although both of these things can be acquired and stored digitally these days, I still know lots of people who have either a massive DVD collection or CD collection of their own.

With all of these discs laying around, it can be hard to keep track of every one you own.

A great solution to this problem would be to store them in a spreadsheet. Not physically of course, but store a written record of all the DVDs and CDs that you own.

Why is this a good idea? This is a great idea because once you’ve got all of this wonderful information stored in the spreadsheet, you can easily identify or look up any movie you’ve got.

Movie DVD List

This makes it super easy to decide how to expand or sort your collection in any way you wish.

Example No. 4 – Chores

Although chores are not nearly as exciting as movies, they still require attention and eventually must be done. The tricky part, however, is figuring out when they will be done and who in the world will do them.

This is where your spreadsheet comes in handy.

If you store and track all of your chores in a spreadsheet, it becomes a lot easier to assign both owners and times to each. You can get all of your chores organized in just a few minutes, and managing each and every one isn’t such a chore in itself anymore.

Chore List

How awesome is that!?

Example No. 5 – To-Do Items

Once the chores finally get done, do you still find yourself faced with yet another mountain of To-dos? I know I do.

The thing is, it can be really easy to manage all of these to-dos if you store them in one place for easy reference and access.

ToDo List Counts

Keeping all of your tasks or to-dos in a spreadsheet makes it really easy to identify what’s most important and knock them out one at a time.

Don’t get lost in the forest of to-dos. Lay them all out in your Excel workbook, and let your mind focus on getting things done.

ToDo List Graphs

Example No. 6 – Exercise Results

If you want to take care of your health, exercise is of the upmost importance. What’s more, seeing yourself improve and make progress is almost just as important.

To measure and monitor your progress, you need a place to store your results. Why not put them in a spreadsheet?

If you keep track of your numbers and times in a spreadsheet, you can customize what you track, how you track it, and when you track it.

Running Records

The power of spreadsheets is practically limitless. Why not use it to help increase your own power at the same time?

Example No. 7 – Reading Records

Just as you exercise your body to keep yourself healthy, it’s just as important to exercise your mind.

One of the best ways you can do this is by reading books and other published works. Just like physical exercise, monitoring your progress will help you stay motivated and encourage you to continue on.

So store your reading records in a spreadsheet, and see your progress for yourself.

Watch as you go from 5 books to 20. Watch as your page count goes from 100 to 2,000.

As your track your reading, you’ll be able to see that you’re learning something new and strengthening your mind as the days and months go by.

Example No. 8 – Time

These days, most of our work is measured by time.

If you are a salaried employee, your workday is considered over when you’ve completed your hours for the day. If you are a contractor, you might charge by the hour or even the minute.

Given this modern currency we know as time, it important to have a way to keep track of it.

The best part is, you can easily keep track of it in a spreadsheet.

Time Graphs

Instead of wasting time tracking time, let your spreadsheet take on the role of timekeeper while you make the most of the minutes made for you.

And once you’ve got all of this time stored in your spreadsheet, you can gain even more value and insight from the time that has since been spent.

Example No. 9 – Habits

They say that we make our habits, and then our habits make us. There is so much truth to this statement that it’s a little scary to think about.

If habits our truly the building blocks which are used to build the foundation of our lives, then it would make sense to have a way to keep a close eye on them.

Luckily for us, we have the power of spreadsheets we can fall back on.

It’s easy to store all of your habits in a spreadsheet. You can virtually store and track as many as you can imagine. And once you start storing and tracking, you can begin gaining true insight into how you live your life and how to make it even better over time.

Habit Graphs

Example No. 10 – Sports Statistics

Sports are the rage these days. There is so much hype surrounding sports, and a lot of that comes from the statistics that go along with them.

Why? Because “Numbers do not lie. Numbers are the closest we get to the handwriting of God.” – Pacific Rim (2013)

Needless to say, numbers are important and numbers give us insight. And if you take the step to store these numbers in a spreadsheet, you can gain more knowledge and understanding than you ever imagined.

The power of spreadsheets is practically limitless, so don’t miss a chance to store something important in a spreadsheet!

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