If you do work on a lot of different projects, this is a template that can make your life a lot easier. It’s one that I use regularly that helps me accurately track my time. It will allow you to set up a list of different projects, and just by using a couple of buttons, you can specify when you started and stopped working on them. Whether you want to ensure you’re billing your time effectively or you just want to better manage your time and review your productivity, this template will help you do that.
How the template works
This template has two tabs: Summary and Data. You’ll first need to add your projects in the Summary tab. This will populate your drop-down list for the project field when entering data. Once you’ve updated the project list, you can go to the Data tab and start entering in data.
You select the project, and for the details, enter a description for your task. Then, click on the green Start button. That will create a timestamp. I suggest saving the file at this point just to make sure that in the event Excel or your computer crashes, you don’t lose the timestamp. And then, when you’re done working on the task, click on the red End button. That will create another timestamp, and then it will add it to the table below. Since the file uses timestamps, you don’t need to keep it open as you work on your task.
As you add entries, this table will expand. You will have the details by day, summarized by week, and it will also show you the hours spent on the task. On the Summary tab, you’ll have a pivot table that when you refresh it, will give you a summary of the time you spent both by project and by week:
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The project tracker template is completely free to use. Feel free to contact me if you have any comments, suggestions, or feedback on the file.
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Are you planning to buy a home? With this mortgage payment calculator template, you can do different what-if scenarios to see what your monthly payment will be. You can adjust interest rates, home prices, and downpayment amounts. The template will do a sensitivity analysis for you based on those variables.
How the mortgage payment calculator template works
There are eight cells that are highlighted in yellow on the template. These are all the values that you can change.
You can specify the house price you want to start from, and the increments you want to jump by. The same fields exist for interest rate. You can also specify the term of the mortgage and your downpayment amount. There’s a space for rental income as well, in the event you plan to rent out part of your home. And lastly, there’s a monthly budget. By entering in this, the template will calculate what your maximum house price will be. This shows up in the cell that is highlighted in grey.
Once the inputs are filled in, you’ll see a range of values below. This shows you the different monthly payments at different house prices and interest rates. The beginning interest rate which you entered shows up in the middle. That way, you can see what the impact will be if interest rates are both higher or lower. If you want to see larger jumps in the house prices or interest rates, simply adjust those variables.
Conditional formatting is also used here to show you where the lowest values are (green) versus the higher ones (red).
You may also be interested in the web-based mortgage payment calculator that’s available on this site. That too, will show you what your monthly mortgage payment will be as interest rates change.
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The World Cup is starting next month and I have a free template for you to use whether you want to track the matches or make predictions with a group of friends. The entire schedule is downloaded within the file, and you can enter the the scores — both actuals and predictions.
How the template works
There are four tabs on the template:
Actuals: This sheet name needs to remain intact as when comparing your predictions, this is the source data that the prediction results will compare against.
Prediction.Blank: This is a blank sheet that is the same as the actuals that you can use for making predictions.
Prediction.Results: This is where you should post your final prediction results. Column A (name) is for the name of the person whose predictions they are. In columns B:D, you just need to copy those fields from the Predction.Blank page for any predictions you or someone else makes. It’s important the values are in the correct fields for everything to be recorded correctly. Also, make sure to paste them as values to ensure the formulas aren’t being copied over.
I’ve also added a section below the main prediction table that shows the teams you predicted to advance to each elimination stage:
This should also be copied over to the Prediction.Results tab. The stage should go in column B and the team will go in column C. I’ve left an example of how the Prediction.Results tab should be filled in within the template so that you can follow along. The table will automatically calculate and compare against the actuals.
Scoring.Rules: Here you can set up how points are allocated if the score, result, and total number of goals are correct. You can also specify if the teams need to be correct (applicable for knockout rounds) and how many points to assign if you’ve got the right team in the right elimination stage.
The basic idea is that you can make a copy of either the Actuals or Prediction.Blank sheet and give to someone to fill in. Once you get back their predictions, you can paste them into the Prediction.Results table. Then, once the tournament begins, you populate the Actuals. After that, it’s just a matter of updating the pivot table on the Prediction.Results page to see who has the most points.
Enter scores in the 0:0 format
One important item to note is that when entering scores, there should be a number followed by a colon, then by another number. There should be no spaces any no different characters, otherwise you will get an error and the value won’t be read properly.
In the case of shootouts and extra time, there is no extra field to enter these values in. For the purpose of minimizing the complexity of formulas, only one column is used for scores. The workaround for this is if a team wins in extra time or a penalty shootout, simply add 1 to their score so that instead of entering it as 1:1 (5:4) it would just be 2:1.
Tables will update automatically
The benefit of using the template is that the tables will automatically update based on your selections. This will help you in determining which teams play one another in the knockout rounds.
The template does factor in tiebreakers but in the event that a rare situation comes up where the tiebreaker doesn’t calculate correctly (e.g. it comes down to fair play points) then you have the option to override the values.
Next to the tables, there is another table for overrides:
In this example, I have overridden the results so that these will be the standings for Group B regardless of what the spreadsheet has calculated. You don’t need to list every team in a group and only need to list the teams that are tied. You also don’t need to specify the group letter.
Adjust the times for your time zone
Another feature that I’ve added here is to adjust the game times for your particular time zone. On the left-hand side you can specify how many hours you need to adjust for GMT. Remember that the value here will need to factor in for any daylight savings that may be in effect for your location (Qatar doesn’t adjust its time).
For example, in my region, my GMT adjustment is -7 but after factoring in for daylight savings in November, it becomes -8. So please remember to adjust for any daylight savings adjustment that might happen between now and the start of the tournament. For GMT -8, the local time would adjust by 11 hours (Qatar is +3), and so a match starting at 7pm local time would be playing at 8am in my time zone.
Highlight teams with a Watchlist
You can also highlight teams you want to track on the schedule by adding them to a Watchlist next to the schedule. For example, suppose I want to follow any games involving Canada and the USA:
Any values that are entered under the Watchlist will highlight corresponding matches on the schedule. For this to work, you need to enter the team names the same way that they are spelled out on the match schedule.
This template is available free of charge, and you can download it here. It is locked to ensure that the formulas remain intact and nothing gets accidentally erased or overwritten.
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Warren Buffett fans like to track the billionaire investor’s moves, and a good way to do that is through Berkshire Hathaway’s 13f filings. His company reports its holdings every quarter, showing where there were changes in its positions. By looking at multiple filings, investors can track the changes from one period to another. With this free template, you can do that quickly and easily all on your own. All you have to do is specify the specific filings that you want to compare to one another.
How the template works
This template uses PowerQuery to grab the data from the 13f filings. It will then compare the two to find the changes in share count.
There are only two inputs you need for the template, both are on the Current.Holdings tab. You’ll need to paste the URL for the current 13f filing and the previous one (or whichever filings you want to compare against one another). It can sometimes be a bit tricky to get exactly what you’re after. Here’s how you can find the 13f filings for Berkshire Hathaway to use in this template:
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Nowadays, everything is available on a subscription. Even BMW now offers heated seats on a recurring subscription. It can be a challenge to keep on track of all your subscriptions, including when they renew and when trials end. However, I have a free template just for these purposes. With my free template, you can stay on top of your subscriptions and see just how much you are spending on them on a monthly and annual basis.
How the subscription manager template works
This template has no macros and is designed to be easy to update and track. Here’s how it looks:
There are multiple charts to show you the annualized cost of your subscriptions and the monthly cost (which is shown by category). This can be effective for budgeting purposes to know how much all of these subscriptions are costing you.
To add a subscription, simply add it to the bottom of the table. You can enter a category name, a frequency, amount, as well as subscription and renewal dates. The columns that have headers highlighted in grey don’t need to be updated as there are formulas there. This is where the amounts for the monthly and annual costs get calculated. Whether your subscription is paid monthly or annually, these columns will work out the calculation to determine what it costs you both on an monthly and annual basis. That way, you don’t need to worry about grouping monthly and annual subscriptions separately.
There’s also another column called Days to Action — this will calculate the days between today’s date and the renewal date. It will highlight in yellow when you are within 30 days of the renewal date, and it will turn red when you’re within two weeks of it. The point here is to give you a warning that a renewal is coming up (or a trial is ending). This can help you prevent forgetting about it and incurring a surprise fee. If you don’t care to track this, you can just leave the renewal date blank.
Updating the data in the template
When you enter a new line for a subscription or want to make modifications to one, the charts won’t automatically update as there are no macros within the file. In order to trigger an update, go to the Data tab and click on the Refresh All button. Upon doing so, your charts will be updated.
If you want to remove a subscription, simply right-click on the row and delete it. If you’re within the table, then while you’re on the row, right-click and select Delete. You’ll see an option to remove Table Rows. Either method will work fine.
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