Why a Spreadsheet Should Be Your New Year’s Resolutions Log

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In 1941, this was considered a spreadsheet. Photo: Everett Collection (Shutterstock)

techno.rentetan.com – How and why you should keep track of every aspect of your life. Ahead of us lies a new year. A new year is a good time to take stock of the last year and consider what lies ahead, regardless of whether or not you have made any resolutions for the year ahead. This is the time of year when I’m most appreciative of my penchant for documenting everything. Instead of simply recording my thoughts and feelings, I keep track of every book read, mile run, and beer consumed (I only ballpark that last one). You should use spreadsheets if you want to keep track of your life (and you should).

Before you start rolling your eyes, let me clarify: I’m not referring to bullet journaling (which can be cool, but which I find too artistically daunting). In order to keep track of all the numerous ways I can measure a year, I simply build a Google spreadsheet with a variety of color-coded tabs. As an alternative to regular journaling, this admittedly nerdy method aids my ability to see the bigger picture. For the reasons listed below, I believe that you should create your own personal spreadsheet in order to keep track of everything that happens in your life.

Why you should capture your life in a journal or diary

We’ve discussed the benefits of journaling in previous articles. Although I’m a firm believer in the discipline, making daily journal entries is not everyone’s “thing,” and I respect that. The benefits of trying something new, like journaling, far outweigh the disadvantages of staying in your comfort zone all the time. Keep a journal to reduce stress, identify and solve problems, and clear your thoughts, according to PsychCentral.com

Even if you’re not trying to intentionally define or process your mental state, documenting your life can be a beautiful thing, whether you use tools like 1 Second Everyday videos, whether you track your workouts, document the life of your child, or simply capture the passage of time (which I’ve heard can be fleeting). Finding one good thing in every day is what I take away from these films. So I approach my spreadsheet journal with the same frame of mind.

An accomplishment can be anything

Because we are sentimentalist statisticians, the spreadsheet notebook is ideal for us. Regardless of the measurements you choose to record, you can frame them around a sense of achievement. It’s possible to see how many steps you’ve taken on your smart watch. On the other hand, you can keep track of your progress in a spreadsheet journal. Fun with numbers is the next stage, translating those steps into miles or identifying trends over time in any way that suits your nerdy mind.

Let your hair down and have some fun. Keep track of everything that’s going on in your life by creating tabs for each area. A spreadsheet is a low-effort, high-reward alternative to using your words all the time, so don’t get too caught up in the intricacies. Recognizing the importance of each and every digit that makes up your life is at the heart of this method’s application.

Beginning to enter data into your spreadsheet

The first step is to select a spreadsheet program. I prefer the convenience of Google Sheets, but I appreciate your concerns about privacy. Or maybe you’re just a whiz with spreadsheets. As long as the fundamentals of your spreadsheet diary don’t change, the decision is yours.

Using spreadsheets to organize your family is a great way to save time and money. Takeaway: Make a single master file with many tabs, if necessary. What matters most to you may include tabs for your health and fitness objectives as well as the books, movies, and television you’ve watched.

  • Many hours were spent in a deep sleep.
  • Miles strolled along the path.
  • Various new dishes were tried.
  • I went to a lot of shows.
  • Watched a few films.
  • The books began to be published.
  • The last of the books have been completed.
  • The years have passed.
  • Kids were born.
  • Bottles of wine were sipped.
  • Job applications hurled into the abyss.
  • Sent/received private correspondence.
  • Spending time stuck in traffic.
  • The playlists have been made.
  • The first podcasts were released.

Unlock the spreadsheet’s potential

Make sure that you don’t overfill your text boxes in order to keep your tabs clean and tidy. It’s also a good idea to keep your formatting uniform, such as by bolding the heading for each measure. I use color coding on a whim. When I’m performing as a stand-up comedian, I use a certain hue to indicate how I felt about each performance: colors of green indicate a successful show, and shades of red indicate a less successful one. When everything seems to be red, it’s comforting to be able to switch my focus to the green.

By the end of the year, you’ll be able to use all of that data to see the large and small things that happened in your life in the previous year. At a glance, you’ll be able to congratulate yourself on how well you reduced your caffeine intake, increased your time spent outdoors, or enhanced your number of books started to books finished. Ultimately, my own spreadsheet is about appreciating the tiny things in my life, even if I do so in the nerdiest possible way.