Is your life a mixture of missed deadlines, forgotten shopping, and reneged commitments? If so, then it’s probably time to get more organized. And where better to start than with hard numbers and figures?
For this, you might want to take advantage of the many useful Excel spreadsheet templates available from Vertex42 that allow you to keep track of your time, belongings, projects, and money.
Here are the best Microsoft Excel templates to organize your life.
If you’re anything like me, your finances are scattered around a smattering of savings and checking accounts, with the odd credit card thrown in. Perhaps you’ve even got a mortgage. This makes it incredibly challenging to keep on track of your income and expenses.
The template allows you to create a budget to handle all your income and expenses for multiple accounts in a single workbook. You have sheets for budget, accounts, transactions, goals, and weekly, for a complete package. This will let you track your spending habits and plan for unexpected costs.
2. To-Do List
Visualizing what you have to do as a list is a valuable tool in increasing your productivity. There’s no shortage of tools on the market that help you do this like Todoist, Wunderlist, and TickTick.
But if you want a simpler solution, check out this to-do list spreadsheet. It lets schedule tasks, set a priority, and get things done on time. Best of all, you can easily customize it to your needs. You can even use it to schedule tasks among team members.
Do you have any long-term health problems? If you’re on a number of medications, you may find it challenging to organize what you take, how much, and when you take them.
Thankfully, medical spreadsheet templates can reduce the stress of managing your medications and this one is ideal. Just add what you need to take, when, and how. You can add notes to keep track of who prescribed it, why you’re taking it, when you should stop taking it, what the pills look like, or anything else you notice while taking your medication.
Are you planning a vacation soon? It’s easy to fall into the quagmire of expense that comes with traveling. There are flights, hotels, and food to pay for, plus everything in between. If you’re not careful, it’s really easy to find yourself paying more than you’ve intended to.
Now, this Travel Budget Worksheet makes it incredibly easy to keep on track of your expenses whether you’re visiting the next state or seeing the world.
Set your total budget before you start booking, then insert individual expenses to keep track of how much room is left in your budget. The spreadsheet will also visualize your spending.
You don’t need a paper checkbook to take advantage of a checkbook register. In its simplest form, it allows you to track each and every incoming and outgoing payment, and then add (or subtract) that from a running total. This allows you to keep current on your checking account, and to avoid falling into the mire of debt. You can use paper for this, but why not try Excel?
If you’re moving to a new house or renting out one of your spare rooms, you probably want to keep track of each and every item you have. This home inventory checklist makes it easy to see what you own, and what’s missing, all from within an Excel spreadsheet.
The preset items in this list are optimized for insurance purposes, hence you’ll find columns for recording details on warranty, price, and condition along with serial and model numbers. You can also expand the list with anything else you’d like to inventory.
7. Meal Planner
If you’re on a highly restrictive diet or if you’re just trying to cut down on food wastage, you’ll want to keep a meal planner.
This meal planner template allows you to organize breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a week, as well as your grocery list. Add dishes for each meal that includes sides and include foods you snack on. You can check meals from a dropdown menu and the spreadsheet will automatically compile your grocery list.
If you’re planning a DIY project or have a massive school assignment to get done, you might want to consider doing a bit of project management.
Vertex42’s Project Schedule Template manages to transform each step of what you’re trying to accomplish, all in the form of a pleasing Gantt Chart. Enter the start date of your project and the dates in the sheet will automatically update. You can work with either the week or month templates or use both for different projects.
If you appreciate this template and have more projects on the way, you might also have a look these other Excel templates for project management.
Got a busy year ahead? The Yearly Planner Calendar spreadsheet template allows you to visualize your schedule for months to come, while sticking to a single page.
There are two tabs containing portrait and landscape views, plus there’s even room for notes.
The Continuous Monthly Calendar template is a bit like the Yearly Planning Calendar, but with one major exception. It doesn’t show any breaks between months. It’s all just one contiguous block. Just input the start year, month, and day, and it will populate the cells for you.
You might also want to try one of these sites to create a free custom and printable calendar template.
Organize Your Life With Google Docs Next
These useful Microsoft Office templates only scratch the surface of how you can use “life spreadsheets” to get everything in order. There are tracking spreadsheets for your health and fitness goals, time management spreadsheets for helping you in the office, and cool spreadsheets for planning events.
Plus, it doesn’t stop with Microsoft Excel. Check out these Google Docs templates to organize your life for even more option spreadsheet ideas.