Originally Posted by Andy M.
As a retired corporate finance guy, I grew up on spreadsheets, they were my life. I started with Lotus 1-2-3 and graduated to Excel. I still use them today for everything from managing financial info to tracking medications, comparing recipes.
Not quite sure how this becomes a petty vent there Andy. I look at using speadsheets as an extension of my brain. I keep several sheets/ categories that are simply lists as references rather than expecting them to perform any other tasks. Although, a simple grocery list can be alpha- ordered or dated.
As a single guy, it is not worthwhile to run up to Costco frequently. I add to my Costco list until it does. I can also Date when/ how many coffee cans or somesuch I need to buy or plan to have on hand until my next trip. Right now I have 9 items on an Asian market shopping list. My goal is to have 10 things and make an out of way trip in that direction. I suppose adding Bok Choy would do it, but I think that's cheating.
I read a lot of blogs and many topics. More than I care to book mark as faves. I keep them on a spreadsheet. Excel will go past the www's and alphabetize them. I date these too, per when I last read one. Then I don't have to guess how far back I'm reading and can stop at the last time I looked at one or if it's a decently organized blog, pick up where I left off and read to the present. I can keep separate sub-groups, same page, for specialty blogs, such as BBQ blogs or forums.
I think spreadsheets can be useful for more than number crunching.
The only thing they don't tell me is to Stop Sitting at the computer and get up and vaccuum out the cold air / floor registers. I don't need a reminder that now that its cooler the furnace might run more efficiently if there was less cat hair and dust circulating.