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Too much time can easily be wasted trying to format documents that have already been put together by someone else. If you use Google Docs How Google Docs Can Help You Come Across As A Professional How Google Docs Can Help You Come Across As A Professional Google Docs has a huge, free repository of ready templates that you can use for almost any professional scenario. Let's take a look at five common documents needed in the workplace. Read More , here are 24 time-saving templates that’ll let you get on with using the documents, rather than struggling with putting them together in the first place.

The templates below have been split into four sections; work, health, home, and travel, so feel free to scroll to the section that’s most relevant to you.

If you have any other Google Docs templates that you regularly use, please share these in the comments.

Work

Resumé

Formatting resumes How To Write A Resume With The Help Of 8 Ivy School Guides How To Write A Resume With The Help Of 8 Ivy School Guides Trying to build the perfect resume? Check out these free resume tips from some of the best schools that make up the Ivy League. Read More can be a real test of patience. That’s where this professional template comes in handy, including pretty much every section that’s needed to help you land that dream job How To Deal With Your Job Search In The Internet Age How To Deal With Your Job Search In The Internet Age A job that might have been obscure is now a single Craigslist posting away from tens or hundreds of applications. To stand out you’ll need to refine your tactics – both old and new. Read More : career objectives, experience, education, skills and references (these sections can be altered if needed).

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Cover Letter

This clean, minimalist template allows you to get straight to convincing your prospective employer to hire you How To Deal With Your Job Search In The Internet Age How To Deal With Your Job Search In The Internet Age A job that might have been obscure is now a single Craigslist posting away from tens or hundreds of applications. To stand out you’ll need to refine your tactics – both old and new. Read More , rather than wasting your time playing around with font sizes and formatting. You can export the cover letter as a Word file, PDF, .odt and .rtf among others.

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Presentation

This template does what it says on the tin, and can even be edited offline. To add another slide, right click slide no. 2 on the navigation bar, and select duplicate slide.  You can choose to present the presentation in a new window, or you can download as a Powerpoint file or PDF (among other formats), so you can confidently open your presentation wherever you are.

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Meeting Agenda

Keep your meetings as efficient as possible Fed Up Of Inefficient Meetings? Send These 8 Rules To Your Boss Fed Up Of Inefficient Meetings? Send These 8 Rules To Your Boss If a meeting is well organised, there's no reason it can't enhance productivity, sense of purpose, and morale. Here are some rules to follow for effective meetings. Read More by having an agenda template ready to roll at a second’s notice. This template includes the agenda (obviously), attendees, scribe name, minutes, action items, and next meeting agenda items. You can also invite other team members to add agenda items directly to the template to streamline the process further.

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Project Timeline

Organise the timeline of your project with this straightforward Gantt chart. With tasks split into different phases, and a weekly timescale, understanding the overall structure of your complex project—at a glance—is a picnic.

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Project Tracking

This spreadsheet offers a fast way of keeping up with which tasks are still open, complete, when they were started, who’s responsible, and how difficult the task is. Using this kind of tracking spreadsheet, alongside the project timeline above, offers a pretty comprehensive toolkit for keeping everyone on track. To manage your project even more efficiently, consider using Trello (our Trello review Trello - A Unique, Simple & Powerful Project Management System From A Good Home Trello - A Unique, Simple & Powerful Project Management System From A Good Home Does the name Joel Spolsky mean anything to you? If so, you’re going to want to read this post, because it showcases Spolsky’s latest and greatest project. And if not, you should know this is... Read More ) or Slack (our Slack review How To Use Slack For Project Management With These Simple Tips How To Use Slack For Project Management With These Simple Tips With Slack's clever set of features and distraction-free UI, the platform can double up as a project management tool for many people. Learn how to set it up as your online personal assistant. Read More ), as well.

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Business Plan

Get straight into the nitty-gritty of fleshing out your business propositions 10 Best Websites That Show You How to Start a Business 10 Best Websites That Show You How to Start a Business The road to business success is littered with failures. On the other hand, it is also paved with success because people like you and me dared to venture and do it inspite of the obstacles.... Read More  with this template. The major sections are all there, from market analysis to financial projections, along with plenty of export options. Any graphs or charts you need to put together (to add more visual substance to the plan) can easily be handled by Google Sheets.

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Invoicing

If invoicing isn’t yet causing a problematic bottleneck in your company, this simple template can save you the hassle of transferring your invoicing to a dedicated, more comprehensive platform Invoicebus Is the Painless Solution to Automated Invoicing (Special Offer: 10 Free Templates for Readers) Invoicebus Is the Painless Solution to Automated Invoicing (Special Offer: 10 Free Templates for Readers) If you are a small business owner or freelancer, you know how hard it is to manage invoices. Here is a solution that is not not only simple, but also automated. Read More . Simply complete the invoice, download as a PDF, and email to your client or customer.

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Newspaper

Although I’m unsure whether or not this template should be in the “work’ section, it’s a decent, well-rated document for quickly putting together a small newspaper for work or social events reasons. Easy to use, looks pretty good— what more could you need?

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Health

Health and Nutrition Tracking

If you don’t want to go all-out with your nutrition tracking with dedicated tracking apps MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter - The Best Weight Loss App On The iPhone MyFitnessPal Calorie Counter - The Best Weight Loss App On The iPhone Everyone knows that losing weight is difficult. It requires a certain level of commitment that not everyone is prepared for. However, when you meet those weight loss goals, it is one of the most satisfying... Read More like MyFitnessPal or Loggr, this template is something you can quickly complete each evening to keep track of the major numbers. You can, of course, add or remove any items that you like, to make this as simple or complex as needed. As they say, “if you measure, you manage!”

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Weight and Measurement Tracking

For those who’re looking to bulk up, or become leaner, this fantastic spreadsheet allows you to record any changes in overall body composition, from the size of your upper-arms to your body-fat percentage. After each entry, the overall change is calculated automatically.

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Weight Training

This ready-to-go weight training regimen gives you specific instructions to follow throughout the week. Obviously, the overall weight of each set should be adjusted according to your needs, but as far as set workouts go, you can’t go far wrong. There are plenty of specific weight training apps 5 Best Weight Training Apps To Get Results Quickly [Android] 5 Best Weight Training Apps To Get Results Quickly [Android] Wouldn't it be totally sweet to be completely buffed like Christian Bale in Reign of Fire, or Jason Statham in The Transporter? I'm talking about that slick, jacked-up look - wide shoulders, carved pecks and... Read More you can use, also.

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Home

Household Chores

Prevent any further arguments around the house by keeping track household chores Bust Through Your Household Chores With These 2 Powerful Apps [Android] Bust Through Your Household Chores With These 2 Powerful Apps [Android] Household chores is something very few people enjoy, yet all of us must face sooner or later. And if "later" is your usual preference, that might lead to some unpleasant conflicts with your significant other,... Read More (and even offering financial incentives!). This nicely designed template keeps things simple, bold, and clear cut, helping you to run a tight-ship at all times.

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To-Do List

Get started on your to do list right away, while easily being able to see each task’s due date, priority and status. It’s simple, but does the job, allowing you to get on with crossing things off that list, rather than spending so much time organising and prioritizing the tasks The 3-Strike System: How To Prioritize Your To-Do List The 3-Strike System: How To Prioritize Your To-Do List Are you not getting through your to-do list? The problem might not be your productivity, it might just be your priorities. Let's learn how to prioritise the to-do list, and get things done. Read More .

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House Moving Calculator

We all know that moving house can cause a huge amount of stress. Much of that stress can come from not properly understanding how the move will affect you financially. This home cost evaluation template let’s you financially assess your new purchase so you can more effectively weigh-up your options.

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Calendar (2015)

If for whatever reason you’d like to have your calendar stored and managed in Google Sheets, this is a great 2015 template that’ll get you started in no time. Each month is on a separate worksheet, and is also designed for print.

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Family Budget Planner

If you’re needing to keep a much closer eye on your personal/family income and expenses 10 Money Management Tools Inside Google Drive You Should Use Today 10 Money Management Tools Inside Google Drive You Should Use Today The problem with money is that if you don't manage it, you end up without it. How about some useful money management tools to help you get started right inside your Google Drive account? Read More , this template is very much like a corporate sales forecast, edited to be perfect for home-use. Overall, you can see how much cash you’ll have available by the end of the period, and alter the plan accordingly to help you reach whatever savings or spendings goal you have Simply Frugal: How To Learn Personal Finance The Easy Way Simply Frugal: How To Learn Personal Finance The Easy Way Do you fret over bills and debt on a regular basis? Do you feel lost when others speak using financial lingo? Here's the good news: it's never too late to learn about money. Read More . There’s also a personal version of the spreadsheet (rather than aimed at families) available.

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Wedding Checklist

Weddings; another stressful life event. Help yours to go more smoothly with this detailed checklist, ensuring you don’t forget anything imperative, like the all-important cake-knife, or organizing childcare and transportation, well in advance.

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Savings Calculator

This calculator quickly lets you see savings projections in different situations, with the aim being to show you how this can lead to more early retirement Now Is The Time: Tips To Go Online & Plan For Your Retirement Now Is The Time: Tips To Go Online & Plan For Your Retirement Now is the time to start planning for your retirement. Now is the time to take control of it, and put the responsibility back into your hands. Work at it with some web tools. Read More  if you save carefully. Simply change the blue numbers around, and see the effect on the graph.

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Party Planning

Keep track of who’s attending your party, what they’ve promised to bring along, and whether they’ve confirmed they’ll be attending. The spreadsheet also automatically works out the cost per attendee (if applicable). Remember to only edit the green cells, though it’s easy enough to add any additional columns such as “Dietary Requirements”, if needed.

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Car Comparison

Struggling to compare a few different models of car The 6 Best Online Tools For Car Buyers The 6 Best Online Tools For Car Buyers Buying a new car is a big decision. The Internet is the best way to research new cars – and also the best was to calculate the costs associated with them. Let’s have a look... Read More that you’re weighing up? Add their stats and picture to this spreadsheet so you can have them competing head-to-head, without needing to constantly be flicking through different tabs and struggling to find the relevant information.

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Travel

Vacation Checklist

Going on vacation should be a relaxing experience, so use—and edit—this checklist so that you can come back to it time and again to keep your packing stress-free, preventing you from arriving at your hotel only to realize you’ve forgotten your iPhone charger.

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Travel Itinerary

If you’re heading out on an extended trip, or visiting multiple places during one vacation, it’s best to get everything out of your head, and written down somewhere reliable. This template allows you to see the important details of any booked transport, plus the dates of your travel, and where you’ll be each day. This will make organising outings and hotels much less arduous. For a more feature-rich itinerary manager, try out TripIt. tripit tripit Read More

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Distance Calculator

Road trips have never been particularly easy to plan in detail, which makes this distance calculator a god-send. To calculate the distance, you can use either zip-codes, full addresses or Google Maps/Mapquest driving directions. You can also add the distances to a trip log, change the mode of transport, and even calculate the shortest route to a destination.

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If you need another template, Google has a template library for you to search for what you need. Many of these templates aren’t particularly high quality, so look out for ones with positive ratings. The templates above are among the best we could find, though.

If you recommend any more, please do add these to the comments below!

  1. thatboyw1z
    July 20, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    thank you, you saved my life!

    • Rob
      August 8, 2016 at 10:05 am

      Gotchu fam

  2. easylivetrade.com
    March 23, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Nice information

    • Rob Nightingale
      March 23, 2016 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you!

    • easylivetrade.com
      March 24, 2016 at 5:47 am

      I liked business plan. its really useful.

  3. Parag
    November 25, 2015 at 11:43 am

    thanks buddy

    • Rob Nightingale
      November 25, 2015 at 12:41 pm

      No problemo, Parag.

  4. Woong Kim
    June 7, 2015 at 2:27 am

    Your posting will be helpful to many people. Thx.

    • Rob Nightingale
      June 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Thanks Woong :)

  5. Saikat Basu
    June 6, 2015 at 3:34 am

    Though we don't use it that often I guess, the ability to create and use templates in multiple languages is also useful.

    • Rob Nightingale
      June 9, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Very true!

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