You like to have everything under control. You have a calendar where you write down each day’s activities, manage your tasks in a diary, make lists of everything you want to take with you every time you make a trip, write down all the household expenses to control finances, and keep track of what you eat, the sport you do and the hours you sleep.
While to many this will sound like total freak control, many others can fully identify with that image. To a greater or lesser extent, many of us like to make lists, keep agendas, write things down (whether online, on an app or on paper), in short, organize your life a little better. And look where, a program that can help you with it, even if it doesn’t seem it at first glance, is Excel.
Excel in a program that leaves no one indifferent: either you love it, or you hate it. It’s usually synonymous with work (who hasn’t had to fill in countless Excel sheets at the request of their boss?), but it also has a wide repertoire of tools and functions with which the most experts can do real wonders.
But in addition to its more standard uses, the flexibility of Excel allows you to use it for many other things, thanks to the use of templates. With them you can do exactly what I mentioned at the beginning of the article: manage absolutely everything, from your daily tasks to children’s homework, through all kinds of lists, agendas, planners and tracking sheets.
All this range of possibilities comes from Vertex42, an impressive collection of Excel templates that allows you to take advantage of this program in every conceivable way. Whether you want a simple calendar to print and have it visible on your desktop, or you need a budget sheet to organize a wedding, this website has just about everything you need. And here we have made a selection of those that we found most useful.
There are two things to keep in mind: first, that the templates are all in English (although they are completely customizable); and second, that although you can download them for free, most of them are only for personal use.
Calendars and schedules
- Class time. A very simple but very useful weekly class schedule, with which you will not lose a single hour of class times and you will be able to make the most of your time. It is also available in printable PDF format, if you prefer to fill it in by hand.
- Generic timetable: Don’t you go to class, or do you simply prefer a more generic timetable that you can adapt to your needs? Try this weekly template, perfect for keeping your days organized (morning, afternoon and evening shifts), and that even works with Google Sheets.
- Calendar of cleaning tasks. If there are several of you at home, the most logical thing is to clean it together, and this template can be of great help for it. In it you can organize the distribution of cleaning tasks for a month, each day of the week, deciding who cleans what. Download it, personalize it and hang it with magnets in your fridge.
- Children’s homework calendar. Speaking of cleaning, involve the children in it too! With tasks appropriate to their age, of course, so that they can take habits such as picking up their room, helping to set or remove the table, or not leaving dirty clothes lying around. This template is perfect for that.
- Calendars of various types. If what you are looking for is a simple calendar (perhaps to print and have at hand), in this section you will find a bit of everything: blank calendars to fill them by hand, calendars that you can decorate with a photo, birthday calendars, ovulation calendars, weekly, monthly, annual …
Agendas and planners
- Menu planner. If you’re worried about your diet and want to start eating better, one way to do it is to organize your meals better, controlling what you eat every day and how you distribute proteins, hydrates, fruits, vegetables and so on. This template for planning your week’s meals will surely help you.
- Daily diary. For those who have the good habit of writing down the tasks of the day as soon as you start the day (or even the day before, at night) this template is going to come that not even painted. In it you can organize your whole day: tasks, meetings, calls, things you can not forget …
- Weekly agenda: Would you prefer to have the whole week in view, in order to organize yourself better? This weekly version of the daily diary makes it easy for you. Like the previous one, but with seven days to have everything under control.
- Homework agenda. A template that can help young people to be a little more organized with homework. It allows you to make a list of the tasks assigned to each subject, as well as distribute them in a calendar so that each one has its moment.
- Family planner. This template combines a bit of everything (meal plan, household chores, shopping list, list of tasks …) on a single sheet, to organize life in your home easily. It is also available in PDF format, to print and fill out by hand.
Calculators and budgets
- Family budget. A complete template with which to manage in detail the financial movements of the family. It allows to make a budget for the whole year and to control exactly the balance between income and expenses. It is not a template and requires familiarity with Excel, but it is one of the most complete in this section.
- Monthly budget for home. Although this template is used for the same as the previous one, the difference is that in this one the budget is monthly, and includes a lot of detailed expense categories.
- Personal budget. But if what you are looking for is to be able to control finances on a personal level, then this is your template. Customize the categories and easily track your income and expenses throughout the year. Prefer to go into more detail? Use the monthly template to keep your finances under control month by month.
- Annual budget calculator. This calculator combines functions from the family budget and monthly budget templates. With it you can create and manage a monthly budget, all in a single Excel sheet. It allows you to customize categories, plan irregular expenses, and make predictions that can help you make decisions.
Task and Control Lists
- List of tasks with priority. A simple template for creating task lists organized by priority. It is also available in two-column design (portrait orientation) or three-column design (landscape orientation), and in PDF format for printing and hand-filling.
- Weekly task list. Sometimes it’s good to be able to go over the pending tasks for the whole week, so you can have everything better organized for the next few days. This template is perfect for that, with separate task lists for each day. They are also available in PDF format.
- List of tasks with date. The most important thing about your tasks is the date they should be completed? Then use this template, which emphasizes just that point: the deadline for each task.
- Family to-do list – no one gets off! The whole family can have a more organized control of their tasks in this one template for everyone, with a different section for each member of the family. And who says family says flatmates, for example.
- Ready to pack. Going on a trip? With this template you make sure you put everything you need in the suitcase. It’s available in three versions, to pack for a vacation, business or college trip – but you can also customize it for whatever you need.
- Moving list. Moving is a tiring and stressful process we all go through at some point in our lives. Make it a little easier (or at least more organized) with this template.
- Ready for thorough cleaning. If you’re one of those who does a thorough house cleaning at least once a year, take note of this template by the time that time comes, and you’ll make sure you don’t leave a single corner unreviewed!
Ready to organize a wedding. Are you getting married soon?
- Congratulations! Be patient, though, because planning a wedding is often quite complex. Arm yourself with patience and this template, with which you will have all the details (dress, invitations, decoration, photographer…) under control.
- Ready for the arrival of a baby. The birth of a child is another one of those exciting and stressful moments at the same time. Do you want to make sure you’ll have everything ready when you come home from the hospital with your little one in your arms? Download this template and start organizing it all.
Health and sport
- Food diary. The first step to start losing weight is to control exactly what you eat, so you can better distribute the intake of calories, protein and carbohydrates. And although nowadays there are many apps that allow you to do it from your mobile, if you prefer to use Excel this is your template.
- Exercise table. As with food, exercise tracking can also be done via mobile apps. But if Excel is your thing, who’s stopping you from using it for this too? With this template you can take note of your entire fitness plan. It can also be useful if you are a monitor in a gym and you want to distribute them among your students.
- Weight loss table. From the combination of exercise and food control comes weight loss. And thanks to this template you can have it completely under control, week by week, with the possibility of setting a goal and graphs based on your numbers.