24 Google Docs Templates That Will Make Your Life Easier

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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, 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 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: 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, 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 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) or Slack (our Slack review), as well.

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Business Plan

Get straight into the nitty-gritty of fleshing out your business propositions 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. 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 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 you can use, also.

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Home

Household Chores

Prevent any further arguments around the house by keeping track household chores (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.

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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, 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. 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 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 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.

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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!

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